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La Roux
Studio album by La Roux
Released 29 June 2009 (2009-06-29)
Recorded 2008–2009
Elfin Studios
(Teddington, London, England)
RAK Studios, Westpoint Studios
(London, England)
Genre Electropop, synthpop
Length 46:26
Label Polydor
Producer Elly Jackson, Ben Langmaid
Professional reviews
La Roux chronology
La Roux
(2009)
Singles from La Roux
  1. "Quicksand"
    Released: 26 December 2008 (2008-12-26)
  2. "In for the Kill"
    Released: 16 March 2009 (2009-03-16)
  3. "Bulletproof"
    Released: 22 June 2009 (2009-06-22)
  4. "I'm Not Your Toy"
    Released: 28 September 2009 (2009-09-28)

La Roux is the self-titled debut album by the English electropop duo La Roux, released in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2009 by Polydor Records, in Canada on 28 July 2009 by Universal Music Group, and in the United States on 29 September 2009 by Cherrytree Records.[11][12][13] It was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize.

Contents

Singles

  • "Quicksand" was released as La Roux's debut single on 15 December 2008. The song has charted in the top 200 on the UK Singles Chart at number 153 and was accompanied by a music video directed by Kinga Burza. It was re-released on 23 November 2009, but did not chart again.
  • "In for the Kill" was released as La Roux's second single on 16 March 2009. The song has charted in the top three on the UK Singles Chart at number two and was accompanied by a music video directed by Kinga Burza. The song was by far the duo's biggest hit (although it peaked one place lower than the follow-up "Bulletproof"). It spent four weeks at number two, and went on to become the fifth biggest seller of 2009 and the thirty-fifth biggest seller of the decade (2000–09). This was despite the song debuting at just number eleven, taking three weeks to reach the top ten and five weeks to reach its peak of number two. The song was made more popular by a dubstep remix from Skream, called Skream's Let's Get Ravey Mix.
  • "Bulletproof" was released as La Roux's third single on 22 June 2009. This song became La Roux's first number one on the UK Singles Chart, and was accompanied by a music video directed by The Holograms@UFO. "Bulletproof" sold 80,144 copies in its first week in the UK, although it failed to outsell "In for the Kill" overall. The song charted at number five in Ireland, topping "In for the Kill" in both countries. It was released as the Single of the Week on the U.S. iTunes Store from 22–29 September 2009.
  • "I'm Not Your Toy" is La Roux's fourth single from their self-titled debut album, released on 28 September. Jackson explained to The Guardian on 22 July 2009 why this will come out during the summer season: "I think sunny weather drives you towards certain tempos and melodies that work well booming out of open windows." She added that the duo demanded that this be released in summer, "for that reason. It has a brightness that wouldn't work in winter."[14] It peaked at number twenty-seven on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing

All songs written by Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid, except where noted.

  1. "In for the Kill" – 4:08
  2. "Tigerlily" (Jackson, Langmaid, Darren Berry) – 3:24
  3. "Quicksand" – 3:05
  4. "Bulletproof" – 3:28
  5. "Colourless Colour" (Jackson, Ben Hirst) – 3:28
  6. "I'm Not Your Toy" – 3:18
  7. "Cover My Eyes" – 4:32
  8. "As If by Magic" – 3:51
  9. "Fascination" – 3:41
  10. "Reflections Are Protection" – 4:19
  11. "Armour Love" (Jackson, Langmaid, Berry) – 3:53
  12. "Growing Pains" (UK/Japanese bonus track) (Jackson, Langmaid, Jeff Patterson) – 3:27
iTunes edition
  1. "In for the Kill" (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Remix) – 5:02
Australian enhanced CD
  1. "In for the Kill" (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Remix) – 5:02
  2. "In for the Kill" (Video) – 4:17
  3. "Quicksand" (Video)
French edition
  1. "Saviour"
  2. "In for the Kill" (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Remix)
  3. "Bulletproof" (Tiborg Remix)
  4. "Bulletproof" (Zinc Remix)
Japanese edition
  1. "Saviour"
  2. "In for the Kill" (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Remix)
  3. "Bulletproof" (TEPR Tsunaimee Remix)

Charts

The set sold 62,650 copies in its first week, which became the highest first-week sales for a debut album in 2009[15] until Florence and the Machine released her debut disc Lungs, which sold 63,020 copies.[16]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[17] 22
Austrian Albums Chart[17] 34
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[17] 34
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[18] 95
Canadian Albums Chart 34
Dutch Albums Chart[17] 55
European Top 100 Albums[19] 75
French Albums Chart[17] 115
German Albums Chart[20] 54
Chart (2009) Peak
position
Irish Albums Chart[17] 7
Italian Albums Chart[21] 95
New Zealand Albums Chart[17] 26
Norwegian Albums Chart[17] 36
Swiss Albums Chart[17] 54
UK Albums Chart[17] 2
U.S. Billboard 200[19] 170
U.S. Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums[19] 8
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Albums[19] 7
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Certifications

Country Certifier Certification Sales
Australia ARIA Gold[22] 35,000
United Kingdom BPI Platinum[23] 350,000[24]

References

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  2. ^ Kraines, Talia (22 June 2009). "Review: Never has something so tinny sounded so good.". BBC Music. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/q9f9. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Harris, Steve (10 June 2009). "Review: La Roux - La Roux". Clash. http://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/la-roux-la-roux. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Petrides, Alexis (26 June 2009). "Review: La Roux: La Roux (Polydor)". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jun/26/la-roux. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Turner, Luke (23 June 2009). "Review: La Roux - La Roux; Much, much more than just those singles". NME. http://www.nme.com/reviews/la-roux/10596. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Love, Joshua (18 September 2009). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: La Roux: La Roux". Pitchfork Media. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13181-la-roux/. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Chris Cottingham, June 2009
  8. ^ Sheffield, Rob (28 September 2009). "Review: La Roux - La Roux". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/laroux/albums/album/30236656/review/29716078/la_roux. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Schrodt, Paul (29 July 2009). "Review: La Roux - La Roux". Slant Magazine. http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/music_review.asp?ID=1807. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  10. ^ Paphides, Pete (25 June 2009). "Review: La Roux: La Roux". The Times. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/cd_reviews/article6578062.ece. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "La Roux album details confirmed". BBC News. 8 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/music/newsid_7989000/7989289.stm. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  12. ^ "La Roux announces debut album's tracklisting - exclusive". NME. 8 April 2009. http://www.nme.com/news/la-roux/43950. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  13. ^ "La Roux talks faking it, the joys of distortion and your name in lights". Los Angeles Times. 24 July 2009. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2009/07/la-roux-talks-faking-it-the-joys-of-distortion-and-seeing-your-name-in-lights.html. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  14. ^ I'm Not Your Toy Songfacts
  15. ^ Sexton, Paul (6 July 2009). "Michael Jackson Maintains U.K. Chart Dominance". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.. http://www.billboard.com/#/news/michael-jackson-maintains-u-k-chart-dominance-1003990605.story. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  16. ^ Levine, Nick (12 July 2009). "Jackson holds Florence off albums top spot". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a164776/jackson-holds-florence-off-albums-top-spot.html. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
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  18. ^ "ultratop.be – La Roux – La Roux" (in French). Ultratop. http://www.ultratop.be/fr/showitem.asp?interpret=La+Roux&titel=La+Roux&cat=a. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
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  20. ^ "Musicline.de – La Roux – La Roux" (in German). Musicline.de. http://musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/title/La+Roux/La+Roux/longplay. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  21. ^ "Artisti – Classifica settimanale dal 12-10-2009 al 18-10-2009" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. http://www.fimi.it/classifiche_result_artisti.php?anno=2009&mese=10&id=275. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. http://aria.com.au/pages/httpwww.aria.com.aupagesARIACharts-Accreditations-2009Albums.htm. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  23. ^ "BPI Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. 12 February 2010. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/Search.aspx. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  24. ^ Balls, David (17 December 2009). "Simon Cowell responds to La Roux criticism". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a191807/simon-cowell-responds-to-la-roux-criticism.html. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 

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