05 October 2009

BLOGTOBER 2009: Music Reviews (03 of 22) La Roux, La Roux

La Roux's debut album, imaginatively called, "La Roux", hit American stores last week. It's a good retro-ish dance album, with a sharp lyrical edge. Elly Jackson's got a thin-ish voice, but they surround it with the right sounds, and she doesn't push it where it doesn't want to go.

Here's the video for In for the Kill (the 2nd single from the album, it's seriously retro in an early 80s sort of way, sonically, and visually.

That should give you a feel for what the album's all about.

Not sure where the dividing line between bad retro-kitsch and good retro-homage lies, but I know that I'm playing this album, and not hitting next with each track, so I'm going to say it lies on the homage side of the equation. The British press and public went wild for this band, but so far, out here the reception's been lukewarm (less than 2500 copies sold last week).

It's not original, but it is new, so if new "new wave" sounds like a good thing to you, then pick this up.

And as an added bonus, here's a Amazon ChordStrike blog interview between Elly Jackson and Alan Wiley (via Instapundit, of all people, if Instapundit likes it, it must be good! Though, Instapundit being his usual cryptic self, doesn't actually express an opinion one way or the other, just provides a link)

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