The 2014 sophomore album from Elly Jackson/La Roux.
3 singles were released - "Lay Me Down Gently" was released as a promo track while "Uptight Downtown" and "Kiss and Not Tell" were official singles.
Trouble In Paradise had a troubled recording process and was released a full 5 years after La Roux's debut album. The quick rise to fame and touring schedule caused Elly Jackson to develop such intense anxiety to the point where she physically couldn't sing and had to spend over two years working with a therapist/vocal coach in order to get her voice back. She also split from bandmate Ben Langmaid in 2012 after creative and personal differences and finished recording the album with producer Ian Sherwin, although Langmaid still has writing credits on 5 of the 9 tracks released. The album received critical acclaim and peaked at #6 in the UK and #20 in the USA but disappeared from the charts quickly and didn't come close to achieving the commercial success of the debut album.
This is one of my favorite albums. The production sounds so full on every song and the tropical influence vibes incredibly well with Jackson's voice.
Its a Camila Cabello thread. Camila has the #1 song on pop right now. My Oh My is Camila's 5th CHR #1 hit. The haters keep trying to derail this thread. Tori Kelly has nothing to do with Camila Cabello.
This thread is a nice surprise! Glad somebody else out there appreciates this album as much as I do. I wasn't big on their first album, this was such a huge leap forward IMO. Easily one of my favorite pop albums of the 2010's and one of my go-to summer albums. Once it starts heating up, this automatically finds itself back in rotation. Everything is so immaculately produced and arranged. This is one of those albums where it seems like every single note, background vocal, synth, etc. was thought out meticulously. You just know there were like fifty versions of each song before they came up with the final cut. The build-up of "Uptight Downtown" is just epic, love the instrumental on that one. "Kiss And Tell" and "Sexotheque" are both so catchy and summery, the underlying synth lines are ear worms. "Cruel Sexuality" has an awesome build-up, all of the vocal layering at the end is fantastic. The beat on "Silent Partner" is so propulsive and I love that she lets it ride out. "Tropical Chancer" is such a f**king groove and so sexy, arguably my favorite track on the album, love the pre-chorus especially. The slower moments, "Paradise Is You" and "Let Me Down Gently," are ace as well. Especially the latter, the way that instrumental builds in the second half, the touch of saxophone, it's kind of sublime. The one song on the album that I'm not in love with is "The Feeling." It comes off like an afterthought of a song, but it's harmless and I don't skip it (and thankfully it's buried at the end).
Random note, I don't usually give shout-outs to artwork, but I have always been obsessed with the art direction of this album. I would hang most of that sh*t on my wall. It was super disappointing the way this was rolled-out. Such a damn mess. It was almost like she and the record label went out of their way to make it flop.