ALBUM REVIEW : TROUBLE IN PARADISE

Artist                                     :               LA ROUX

Genre                                   :               POP

Date of Released             :               2014

If you want to be surprised and listen to one of a kind music, then this record is definitely the one you are looking for.  Many of you out there are still not familiar with La Roux as your choice of music are probably limited to more radio friendly and popular pop stars.  This record is not EDM but rather old synth music 80’s fans are familiar with.  In fact, listening to the whole back feels like travelling in time go back to that era where music have melodies and lyrics are more mature and intelligent even though the context then is full of selfishness and ego.

“Uptight Downtown” has simple melody but danceable and pleasant to your ears and will remind you of Donna Summer and Grace Jones; the song has elements of disco and eccentricity of any Grace Jones song.  “Kiss and Tell” is a bump and grind song with drums and bass taking a background and synthesizers taking control.  “Cruel Sexuality” is a song Kylie Minogue would die to have it.  It is similar in texture with ther “Confide in Me.”  You might have a blast mashing both songs.  “Paradise in You” has a happy vibe considering that the lyrics started with “walking along on a sandy beach, everybody is laughing under cigarette trees.”

If you listen closely, “Sexotheque” has the same vibe and drum elements with Madonna’s “Justify My Love.”  However, the context are extremely different, in La Roux’s song, the singer was wondering if she is not good enough sex with him.  “Tropical Chancer” is a predictable song when you associate the word tropical with reggae.  Indeed, La Roux created a song with reggae vibe using pure synthesizers only.  “Silent Partner” sounds like “Black is Black” but with early Depeche Mode musical treatment (New Life).  “Let Me Down Gently” vocals reminds you of Cyndi Lauper and Madonna during their early years in their careers.

“The Feeling” is the only song here not worthy to be included in this recorded.  With that, this album is rated 4 stars out of 5 stars.  Definitely, destined to be a classic.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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