Back and bright as ever, English synthpop star La Roux is cruising into a new era. An independent release, Supervision feels like a throwback record to be played on colourfully lit dancefloors or long drives under clear skies. But La Roux was not in a rush to get here.
It’s been more than a decade since La Roux (Elly Jackson) debuted with her massive hits “Bulletproof” and “In for the Kill,” and five years since her last record, Trouble in Paradise. With the release of a few nostalgia-driven singles and music videos, Supervision is a euphoric, long-awaited return.
“International Women of Leisure” has La Roux moving through this revival self-assured, as she declares, “where I’m going it’s much better.” For such an 80s-inspired record, “21st Century,” is the title of the song that kicks it all off with electric guitars, keyboards, and drum machines.
Glittering with synthesizers, the closing track “Gullible Fool” is a seven-minute disco ballad. Or, rather, the nostalgia-driven realm of today’s PC Music and vaporwave may have inspired this technicolour palette.
On Supervision, La Roux keeps steady, grounded and energized. She knows what she wants to do, where she wants to go, and she’s in charge.