Trouble in Paradise is an album replete with themes of sexual awakening, of long buried feelings emerging from the chrysalis of the self, but also of the fleeting temporary nature of desire. The opening track Uptight Downtown is a statement of intent and a stirring invocation to abandon yourself: to dance and to give in to desire and the night. This is echoed by Kiss and Not Tell, in which La Roux wants to “come out of her shell,” but also to keep that love a secret, the one desire completely incompatible with the other. The penultimate track, Let Me Down Gently is a request for gentle rejection of unrequited love tempered by the realisation that the rejection will still hurt. It is an almost perfect pop album that sounds like it was discovered in a time capsule from the 80’s, reminding us how good pop can still be.
Monthly music columnist for the Kirkby Extra, sometimes article writer for Get Into This. Freelance writer/artist/maker.