Trouble in Paradise

La Roux - Trouble in Paradise
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2014 Ratings: #173 / 954
Year End Rank: #37
User Score
Based on 222 ratings
2014 Ratings: #188
Liked by 3 people
July 21, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Synthpop, Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Time Out London

The overall result is just fabulous: if this album doesn’t become the soundtrack of your summer, you’ll be missing out.

90
NME

It's been a tortuous half-decade that's found Jackson riven with anxiety in the aftermath of her debut, to the point where she couldn't even sing, but she comes out reborn.

80
musicOMH

Despite pushing the sound of LA Roux forward from the debut, Trouble In Paradise shares its hit packed qualities.

80
The Line of Best Fit

There’s a notable evolution here, and we see the lone Jackson strive for something you can sink your teeth into over the course of a few days, weeks, month, rather than something you can insufflate at a club in the space of a few minutes.

80
DIY

Even taking into account the creative tensions that created it, though, ‘Trouble In Paradise’ is her most exciting, and immediately likeable work yet. 

80
Spin

She's abandoned the intimacy of a lonely girl and her machines for full-band funk, and where her vocals had been dry and often solitary, here they're overdubbed into an airy choir resembling that of Tina Weymouth and her sisters of the Tom Tom Club.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Trouble In Paradise somehow wins in a way that deems the comparison to its predecessor a moot point. Rather than drafting in its momentum, Trouble sets off on a new path entirely because there’s no other path to take.

70
AllMusic

Trouble in Paradise proves Jackson is still better than many of her contemporaries when it comes to making fizzy electro-pop.

70
The 405

Whilst the singles might not be as big as 'Bulletproof' or 'In for the Kill', Jackson is offering up something much more substantial and satisfying this time around.

70
Rolling Stone

On La Roux's second LP, her vintage synth-pop magnificence (see 2009's hit "Bulletproof") has warmed into the sort of electro-disco drama you imagine the Daft Punk robots blasting as they cruise down Highway 1.

67
Consequence of Sound

Still a pop record at the end of the day, the album is not without its share of weak lyrics. 

65
Pitchfork

For all Jackson's personal struggle and exploration, Paradise feels like a safe record, calibrated for the comfort of an imagined audience, working at its best when it becomes almost invisible—the accessory to the experience and not the experience itself. 

60
Drowned in Sound

Here, Jackson's attempts at mixing carefree sauntering with emotive bursts leads to a 'win some, lose some' situation.

60
PopMatters

While their may be nothing quite as earworm-worthy as “Bulletproof” on this album, she makes a strong case for an artist to keep listening to looking into the future.

thomasny18
80
It's been 5 years since any music and the last Twitter activity was in 2017. Will we ever have another La Roux album?

Edit: yes, the answer is yes.
TreyLikesBands
93
Amazing

La Roux’s sophomore effort is THE PERFECT SUMMER ALBUM!!! The vibes that were chiming on the debut are amplified tenfold here, as that delicious mood of cruising down PCH is flooding this entire album. Can’t wait to do the same!

Color: Red
FAV TRACKS: all of them!
LEAST FAV: n/a
sleighbell
88
the shining spectacle in all of la roux’s discography.
BEST: Uptight Downtown, Kiss And Not Tell, Cruel Sexuality, Sexotheque, Silent Partner
lemuriams
83
A great continuation of the debut that put her in the ranks of the most-awaited albums.

Uptight Downtown or Silent Partner are top songs that, despite being underestimated by critics, fulfill their role and do not disappoint.
NessJr
83
I don't see any trouble in this paradise.
La Roux sophomore album is the definition of short but sweet. Nine tracks, full of vibrant music and sexualized lyrics. A simple but effective instrumentation, layered but not overwhelming. Whenever the album starts to sound a little bit monotonous La Roux throws you a new trick or rhytmn that you weren't expecting to keep things fresh and fun.
Personal favorite: Kiss and Not Tell, a perfect pop song that makes your heart pump from start to finish.
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Added on: May 12, 2014