Supervision

La Roux - Supervision
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #74 / 81
User Score
Based on 148 ratings
2020 Ratings: #154
February 7, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Guardian
This time, it really would be a shock if her backwards-glancing tunes captured the nation’s heart – but that doesn’t matter: if this record is anything to go by, the pop margins seem to suit La Roux even better than the mainstream.
75
Consequence of Sound
It’s an eminently listenable album, and her best shot in years at recapturing some of those triumphs for herself.
70
Loud and Quiet
As the brilliant opening track here, ‘21st Century’, attests, she’s still more than capable of producing the goods, too.
70
PopMatters

La Roux's Supervision is a testament to propelling forward, even if its sounds take you backward, and knowing that good synthpop will never go out of style.

68
Paste

High notes are hard to come by on Supervision, but that means it’s a pretty smooth listen.

60
DIY

Largely inoffensive and wholly listenable. Which is fine, but we’ve come to expect more from La Roux.

60
Clash

As an exercise in reclaiming control, in setting out her stall, it is a definite success, a hand-made pop exercise in an era dominated by algorithmic marketing plans. As a listening experience, though, it’s somewhat limited and frustratingly repetitive, ultimately paling next to La Roux’s previous heights.

60
The Independent

Supervision is certainly not a bad album, but it’s a far cry from the bristling pop genius of Jackson’s best work.

60
musicOMH

Supervision is at times frustrating – an avoidable misstep here, an overindulgence there. But it also contains some of La Roux’s best music to date, music that’s witty, danceable and endearing all in one.

60
Albumism

Supervision falls short of that wow factor that La Roux has so effortlessly delivered in the past.

50
The Line of Best Fit
On her third, La Roux shows that she can write a melody like few others in the business today, but it’s hard to look past how similar each song really is.
50
Crack Magazine

Whereas La Roux’s earlier songs were compressed tightly into radio-friendly singles that were as fleeting as they were catchy, Supervision lets each song simmer for longer than you’d expect.

40
The Skinny

From the get-go, the record is a letdown. The production is tinny and lacks depth, with each tune crying out for a bassline.

Doublez
45
Superfailure, what happened to La Roux? I'm still looking for the answer. To be honest I'm not a huge fan of this style and mood of music, but when it's fun and well done, I think it goes great in almost any situation. I found Trouble in Paradise really good because La Roux had evolved her style and matured to offer better music. The problem with Supervision is that she took her star status for granted, but history has always taught us that music can never be taken for granted.

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devil
40
La Roux was known for being bulletproof a decade ago. On Supervision, their bulletproof vest is off.
usedtobe
30
Flat and abysmal followup to the fantastic Trouble in Paradise. It sounds more tedious and lacklustre instrumentantation wise with no repeat quality whatsoever. A sore disappointment overall.
AlienTing
43
is this the same person who made tropical paradise?
is this the same person who said ellie goulding's albums are boring??

this album is the epitome of boring... all of the songs are uninspired and some of them sound like sophomore album's rejected tracks. lyrics, theme, production are very boring. the debut album was a fun electropop album and second album had good use of tropical elements and i just cant bring myself to listen to this snooze fest for the second time
JayCrackers
39
One of the biggest disappointments of 2020 so far. I enjoyed La Roux last 2 albums, they were fun and catchy synthpop records but this, this is dull and boring. Everything form the production, lyrics, La roux VOCALS are basic and bring new new nor exciting to the table and ultimately Supervision was a super waste of time.

Track Review

21st Century 4.5/10
Do You Feel 4/10
Automatic Driver 4/10
International Woman of Leisure 3.5/10
Everything I Live For 4/10
Otherside 4/10
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Track List

  1. 21st Century
  2. Do You Feel
  3. Automatic Driver
  4. International Woman of Leisure
  5. Everything I Live For
  6. Otherside
  7. He Rides
  8. Gullible Fool
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