May 11, 2009
I'm having fun, don't put me down.
La Roux didn't sweep me off my feet with recent Brit hit In For The Kill single, but I am properly obsessed with their new single Bulletproof. It has a spikey quality to it; it's a pop song, but it's also shouts "fuck you." This is the kind of tune people will hear in a clothing store or bar and fall in love with it on the spot because it has swagger. A great pop song makes you feel cool.
There's been dramarama on PopJustice Forums about singer Elly Jackson's look in this video. She's Molly Ringwald trying hard to be Tilda Swinton. I have no need for pop stars to be models, but that lipstick is demode. She doesn't need to gild the "avant" lily - she has enough natural attitude. And just give her a different look with makeup and she'd be a beautiful model. Quicksand and her album cover are evidence of that. Elly's not freaky - she just doesn't want to do the beauty routine. She can even channel Suzanne Vega when she tries...
This is also the first time I've really liked Elly's voice, which she used in a very limited fashion on the group's previous singles. In For The Kill was actually - apologies for the rhyme - shrill. How she sounds across the span of an album is a mystery that will be answered when La Roux is released on June 29.