“Trou­ble in Par­adise”, in­deed, as now-solo songstress goes all moody

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La Roux goes solo and “in for the kill”, plus Mor­ris­sey and much more

This Lon­don elec­tro out­fit was once a duo of flame-haired cat­er­wauler Elly Jack­son and synth prod­der Ben Lang­maid; now it’s not. The new al­bum sounds dourly “ma­ture”, pre­sum­ably as a re­sult, with Jack­son’s once joy­ful, if tune­less, vo­cals smoothed out into Minogue-style com­pe­tence, while a new pro­ducer trow­els on Nile Rogers gui­tars. Jack­son’s charisma car­ries it, but it’s very much a Dif­fi­cult Sec­ond Al­bum. $20 Cd, $17 MP3, out now

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