Setbacks lead to comebacks. Just ask La Roux. A lot of emphasis is being placed on the five-year absence of the UK duo, and it's with natural reason. In music consumer terms, five years without so much as a buzz single is of drought proportions considering La Roux left us after delivering a monsoon of synthesized amazingness on their debut album. Like a choosy, smooth operating lover you can't quit, La Roux played us for five years, dancing on promises that were relayed, and then in turn, delayed. Patience saw us through the whirlwind success of their 2009 self-titled debut, and it was its success that possibly made those five years afterward so grueling.
Not only did touring take up a few years, but their breakout single, "In For The Kill" kept the band coasting well into the noughteens thanks to remixes by Skrillex, samples by The Game, covers by Kelis, and a pre-Kardahsianed Kanye West edging into the official remix to give the duo bushels of cred. Not to mention they had other singles ("I'm Not Your Toy" and their US best-seller, "Bulletproof") that garnered the same amount of attention, and to wrap it all up in bow, in 2011 they scooped up a Grammy as well. Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid threw a bulls-eye on the futuristic spin of all that was '80s synth as La Roux was a love letter to the New Wave era, crackling with pinball whizzing synths and the anticipating potential of bigger, bolder moves, but Jackson became kind of fussy when talks of La Roux's follow-up became dialogue. She noted that she didn't want to do synth music for the "rest of her fucking life". Heck, she had even stopped listening to '80s music. Oh, and yeah, about the synth genre, bad news guys and gals, it's dead, dead, D-E-A-D.
Over-dramatic much, Elly? Eh, just getting warmed up.