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With a guitar line to rival Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”, La Roux’s longtime coming second album Trouble In Paradise kicks into high gear. Anthemic and groovy, the opening track “Uptight Downtown” is symptomatic of the entirety of Elly Jackson’s newest record. Since the 2009 self-titled debut, Jackson has parted ways with the second half of La Roux, producer Ben Langmaid, though five of the nine songs on “Trouble In Paradise” were co-written by Langmaid.
The result is a tropical, surfy and synthy pop album with near enough nine pop classics. Lyrically, the songs deal with failed and painful relationships: “Cruel Sexuality” touches, obviously, on the topic of sexuality, and comes to a massive synthpop conclusion as Jackson sings “oh, you keep me happy in my everyday life/why must you keep me in your prison at night?” and the first track from the album we heard, “Let Me Down Gently” is about letting go being the best thing to do.
Sometimes the songs feel as though they’re missing a layer, there’s often a sparse feeling too the production and it’s not clear if it’s intentional until “Paradise Is You”, a wonderfully airy song with just percussion, piano and synth pads until it breaks through the other side with a bright but shrill pad that channels’ various 80s indie bands as Jackson’s vocals layer over themselves over and over. Though it is executed perfectly in this case, sometimes “Kiss And Not Tell”feels a little uninviting and as though it’s not quite ready to be a pop song. It’s splendidly retro, roland synths bouncing through guitar bits and xylophones on”Tropical Chancer”. Jackson’s voice too, feels upgraded particularly on this track and certainly departs from the self-titled album’s more high end vocals.
In truth, it’s disappointing that Trouble In Paradise is so short - at just nine tracks long it feels like Jackson had ideas upon ideas for this record and it’s a shame that this isn’t a double album, so greedy am I for more of the same. The instantly catchy “Silent Partner”feels lifted straight out of the ’80s with its chorus and harmonised vocals. Of course, lead single “Let Me Down Gently”almost deserves a review of its own - a brilliant synth pop classic from start to finish, stripped down to synths and vocals and growing until there’s a saxophone solo - the true hallmark of a pop classic. While Elly Jackson’s influences seem to stretch across the entire discography of the 80s, the album is most certainly modern in execution of ideas and it’s good that there are some months left of the summer to soak this album up.
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The support for Alex McKinnon throughout the NRL community has been absoloutley inspiring and sensational. Each and every member of the NRL community from players to coaches to fans and commentators continue to express their support and love to Alex. Such a tragic accident. Thoughts and prayers continue to Alex, his family, friends, girlfriend, team mates, coaching staff and Knights fans. Stay strong.
(via yeahnewcastleknights)Source: bigredv