Electro-pop becomes 2000s memory

By: Deneesha Pillay



Brixton born Elly Kate Jackson and her counterpart Ben Langmaid make up the intriguing electro pop sensation ?La Roux. The boyish songstress?s love for folk and rock?n?roll is realized through the fierce pace of the opening quarter of chart- toppers. In For the Kill, the albums leading track, kicks off with an interesting combination of synths and beats that continue to capture the psyche of listeners in the subsequent three tracks.

As opposed to artists such as Lady Gaga and Kesha, Jackson remains down-to-earth despite the hype bombarding her fresh iconic look. Although La Roux?s strong persona is reflected through her style, the songstress manages to captivate and entertain audiences through simple lyrics about love, heartache and Growing Pains.

The irresistibly strong chorus of Bulletproof has seen this single reach number one on the UK Singles Chart. The powerful song charms the broken souls of lost love. Oblivious to reflections of her multi-cultural home town, La Roux with Tigerlily, commits to using a range of instruments in pursuit of an almost flawless album.

Almost flawless because although each track posses some ideal, to a certain extent it somewhat becomes difficult to connect certain lyrics with the artist. Of course the music law that declares that songs need to emotionally connect artists and fans is non-existent, however; depth and warmth are always appreciated.

Not many sharply high pitched voices are often accepted and enjoyed in the music arena yet I?m Not Your Toy?s piercing vocals put the stereotype to shame.

Synthpop becomes weak when artists attempt to use musical conventions of R&B but La Roux manages to keep her ballads grounded and distinct. Cover my eyes subtly combines the backing vocals of London Community Gospel Choir and blends of synthesizers whilst it achieves a note worthy charismatic hymnal effect.

The  vibrant duo undoubtedly possess  an extensive knowledge of the 1980s as they reiterate bands such as Yazoo and Heaven 17, whilst their lyrics and beats still maintain a youthful contemporary feel.

La Roux indisputably took 2009 yet the album still preserves recognition in 2011 as it won Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards. The duo have managed to make electropop a genre that ceases to be a memory of the ?80s. Despite the album having one or two tracks being seemingly hard to connect with, La Roux?s lead songstress should be dubbed 2009?s leading lady, as this androgynous star was born to entertain and inspire.


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