Trouble in Paradise

La Roux - Trouble in Paradise
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2014 Ratings: #170 / 964
Year End Rank: #37
User Score
Based on 228 ratings
2014 Ratings: #185
Liked by 3 people
July 21, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Synthpop, Pop / Genres
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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.


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.


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

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.


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


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.

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.


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

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.

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.

Consequence of Sound

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


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. 

Drowned in Sound

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


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.

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.
the shining spectacle in all of la roux’s discography.
BEST: Uptight Downtown, Kiss And Not Tell, Cruel Sexuality, Sexotheque, Silent Partner
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.
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.
Out of all the 80’s inspired pop albums to come out in the past decade and are yet to come, this Is probably one of the few that panned out the best. As a result, La Roux’s second studio album Is nothing but fun and good vibes all around.

FAV: Upright Downtown, Kiss and Not Tell, Cruel Sexuality, Sexotheque, Tropical Chancer & Let Me Down Gently

LEAST: Paradise Is You
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Added on: May 12, 2014