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On the day we meet in a West London pub, La Roux’s ‘In For The Kill’ has just risen up the charts to number two. Two days later, it’ll go up again to the top. By that point it had already spent a month in the higher reaches of the chart, gradually transforming itself from a debut single to a bona fide public phenomenon.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherrytree Records
  • ASIN: B002M2N9JI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In For The Kill
2. Tigerlily
3. Quicksand
4. Bulletproof
5. Colourless Colour
6. I'm Not Your Toy
7. Cover My Eyes
8. As If By Magic
9. Fascination
10. Reflections Are Protection
11. Armour Love
12. Growing Pains

Editorial Reviews

U.S. pressing of this 2009 debut album from Elly Jackson (AKA La Roux), who has everyone from Franz Ferdinand to Daft Punk hailing her as a talent to watch. This self-titled album is a kaleidoscope of emotions, touching on everything from heartbreak to disappointment to invincibility: all in true spine tingling La Roux measures that create an instant resonance. Ranging from the high crystal-clean falsettos of 'Fascination' to the brooding lulls of ballad 'Cover My Eyes' (that features London Community Gospel Choir), the breadth of the album and La Roux's diversity is clear. For Elly and co-producer/ writer Ben Langmaid, La Roux has never been about producing disposable dancefloor fodder. Since meeting four years ago the talented duo's goal was clear - they wanted to bring classic songwriting back into the clubs and charts, and with this album they've accomplished that and far more.

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If you require easy listening at anytime or are just looking for a great CD this is one that you should purchase!
599GTB
I'm really not a pop music "fan"... but I am a fan of great music produced by talented artists who "feel" the music they create... that sums up La Roux perfectly.
Darren
One or two songs I didn't like as much, but over all this CD is great, I really love the style, it gets me pumped!
Georgia Morgan

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Antoine D. Reid VINE VOICE on September 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you want something very fun, electronic, pop with a heavy 1980s vibe, La Roux is for you. What I enjoy most about La Roux and her debut album is that it is unlike anything on the radio today. She is not trying to follow any popular music trends; she clearly knows what genre of music fits her best and this album feels very retro while feeling very futuristic at the same time.

The Good: I loved the instrumentals/beats. When I first listened to the album, I thought this was some forgotten 1980s album. The vibe of the album sounds retro but doesn't seem dated at all. It's an odd blend of what made 80s music so fun while somehow keeping its hand and eyes set on the future (perhaps with the use of the computer to alter the voice, giving the album an at times robotic/electronic vibe). The music is carefree and the lyrics are also interesting; nothing entirely deep but at the same time, not frivolous and without a message. I also felt La Roux's vocals stood out on the album. While some of the vocals are processed and run through autotune and computer tweaks, La Roux does sing in a very raw, organic manner on other tracks and is able to really communicate emotion and depth while many artist don't seem to give any thought to what they are singing or how their voice can change the entire tone of the album.

The Bad: With all the synth and electronic treatment is what gives the album its flair and attitude, it also gets somewhat repetitive after a few tracks. This is the style carried out not on one or two tracks but on every track. In a way, it distracts and makes the tracks blend into one and makes some tracks fade or retreat into one another rather than standing out as they should.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kelly A. Crump on September 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I cannot stop listening to this album. I am crazy about La Roux! A friend told me to check out the track "Bulletproof" and I have been hooked since then. There are only a couple of tracks that I don't really listen to and that is very rare for me. Very heavy on the 80s instrumentals and Elly Jackson's voice is incredible. Probably my favorite song is "Going in for the Kill". I'm also very fond of "Colorless Color, "I'm not Your Toy", "Reflections are Protection" and of course "Bulletproof". I haven't found an album that I've liked this much in years. These are songs that I don't mind getting stuck in my head.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Boggess on December 17, 2009
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La Roux is simply amazing! The songs are soo catchy with the great lyrics and tunes. I simple can't get enough, there is not one song on the CD that I will skip when listening which is very rare these days. Very similar to an underground Lady Gaga, no she is much better than Gaga. I expect to hear much more from and about La Roux in the near future she is an extremely talented artist with such a beautiful voice. A must have CD!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chase Gray on February 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The electronic synth duo of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid returns to the music scene with La Roux: Gold Edition. This collection of B-sides, live performances, and remixes is a standby for their new album, currently in production. Here's my track-by-track overview of the hold-over release:

In for the Kill (Remix feat. Kanye West) - An awesome collaboration between La Roux and Mr. West that takes hip-hop to a whole new level. Nice beats and addition of effects create this vintage sounding piece.

Finally My Saviour - A B-side consisting of electronic synth goodness. If you are familiar with the group, it sounds like a sonic fusion of In for the Kill and Growing Pains. A seamless addition to their debut album.

Under My Thumb - Rolling Stones cover. Elly places an electronic vibe over her voice as she sings through the track effortlessly and beautifully. This was originally found on the Sidetracked UK-exclusive compilation, but as a DJ edit that was used to fade the tracks together as one mix. Good to have this track in it's original format!

I'm Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix) - A repetitive remix of I'm not Your Toy. The electronic beats get tiresome after awhile, but this release needed a good remix and Jack Beats was the best offering out of the three on the UK exclusive 3-track I'm Not Your Toy EP.

In for the Kill (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Remix) - Already owned from the In for the Kill Remixes EP. It sounds like a singular toned backtrack, but fits perfectly with the vocals in such a way that it cannot be explained. The last minute is filled with beats. I replaced it with Finally (feat. La Roux) off of Skream's Outside the Box album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Iggy on October 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Duffy came out sounding like she could have been from the 60's. La Roux sounds like she is direct from the 80's. A perfect blend of the Human League, OMD, and early Erasure, with the attitude of Pink thrown in to spice it up. The albm has remained in my listening rotation since I downloaded it. Catchy, memorable, easy to sing along to. Love listening to this album, especially Tigerlilly, Bulletproof, and In for the Kill.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Damon Devine on October 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
One other reviewer said she hadn't heard an album she liked this much in years. I feel the same way! Someone sent me (ironically on my birthday) an email with La Roux's 'Bulletproof' video attached. I was blown away! I got the whole CD on import the same day (this was last August) and have not stopped playing it since!

I have always loved Yazoo (Yaz here in the states) and Eurythmics, and La Roux is somewhat similar (as far as being a synth-pop band with an amazing female singer). Some people can't handle there being absolutely no acoustics, but I have always been a huge fan of synth pop, so naturally this is a total thrill for me. We've been suffering SO LONG with such crap music all around us, that this CD is like rain on a dry, cracked desert!

There is a beautiful track called 'Armour Love' and another called 'Cover My Eyes' (I am not sure why I get the distinct feeling these two songs are being sung to another girl). There are also completely brilliant dance tracks like 'Bulletproof', 'Quicksand', 'In For The Kill' and the very underrated 'Fascination.' Do you know how rare it is to have a CD with almost all great tracks!?

Elly Jackson (the singer in La Roux) has at least three different voices and all of them are great! I totally recommend this album.
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