La Roux/La Roux

La Roux

La Roux (pronounced /lɑːˈruː/ in English, French: [laˈʁu]) are an English electropop and synthpop duo made up of singer, keyboardist, co-writer and co-producer Eleanor Jackson (born 12 March 1988),[1] and keyboardist, co-writer and co-producer Ben Langmaid. Jackson describes their respective roles as “very much a half and half sharing situation… not like a singer producer outfit”, but also recognizing that it often can “look like a solo act”.[2]

Their music is influenced by 1980s British synthpop including Yazoo, Erasure, Depeche Mode, The Human League, Heaven 17 and Blancmange. The band’s name originates from Jackson’s red hair.

In For The Kill—-From the very first synth blasts of the song, you feel as if you stepped comfortably back into 1984. The synth is heavy and influenced by all the greats of the 80’s decade. The vocal reminds me very much of t.a.t.u. This is delicious synthpop that will become one of those secret guilty pleasures of mine. This is wonderful!!!

Tigerlilly—-Lush with blips and bleeps, the synthline on this track is irresistable. the vocal comes across as a bit more harsh and aggressive all the while in the back drop a mad dance is going on. This is nice quirky dance pop that pleases me beyond description.

Quicksand—-This single did fairly well for the band, helping them to get a solid recording contract and breaking them across the European dancefloors. This has a nice solid beat, but at times the vocal seems a little bit uninspired…none the less, this is so damn catchy you tend to overlook any negatives.

Bulletproof—-This has been a HUGE single for the band all over the world. MTV currently has this on pretty heavy rotation as well…only helping the release to greater sales numbers. The synth line that runs through this is really reminiscent of Ace Of Base style bands of the 90’s…the quirky vocal falls away for the chorus…which is a huge feel good tune that sticks in your brain for days…this is fantastic…even better than that perhaps!!!

Colourless Colour—-With a synth line that makes me think of Yaz, the vocal enters and is much more sedate than expected. If there is such a thing as a dance ballad, this would be a prime example. the bass does pick up a bit in the middle of the track, but overall this is pretty low-key. It plays very well though!!

I’m Not Your Toy—-Returning to a full on early 90’s dance vibe, the vocal comes across as rather odd to me. I’m really not to crazy about the breakbeat style of the music, but overall this melds well with the rest of the CD. This is nice party filler but i don’t see any commercial success with this.

Cover My Eyes—-Ugh….this really misses the mark for me. The tempo of the song is funeral and the vocal is a bit too high-pitched to really settle well with me. The high point is the Erasure style synth lines that run underneath the song. When the choir of voices join in on the chorus, the track becomes a bit more alive but this is too sudden of a sedation compared with the rest of the release.

As If By Magic—-This is a nice return to form…from the onset, you are sure you are listening to early Vince Clarke Depeche Mode. The vocal is sedate and you are able to catch every word despite the sublime synth. The chorus is a nice affair with nice vocal overlays…this is pretty fun!!

Fascination—-From the very onset, the overloaded dance synths hit you in the face with enough power to actually move your hair. The vocal again takes me back to the t.a.t.u. comparison. The song content is pretty consistent throughout this entire release…boy loves girl, boy does not love girl…I’m sad…I’m happy again…….

Reflections Are Protection—-Wow…I like this. A nice mix of 80’s synth funk and 90’s dance floor come together to make a schizophrenic style delivery that magically works really well. This is sedate, poppy and fun. The vocal is easy and unforced and the chorus is just as catchy as Bulletproof. This is great!!

Armour Love—-This again misses the mark for me…the lines are too sedate and the vocal is way to breathy for my taste. The chorus is a nice affair, but you cannot build a song on the chorus alone. This is by no means a throwaway, but nor is it a standout track.

Growing Pains—-This bonus track again makes me think of the poppier days of Depeche Mode. This is synth driven with a nice underlying bass that really opens up when the chorus hits. This is ok, but it suffers a bit from the same ol’ same ol’ curse.

***1/2 out of 5


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