Supervision (album)

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Supervision
La Roux - Supervision.png
Studio album by
Released7 February 2020 (2020-02-07)
Recorded2018–2019
Length41:47
LabelSupercolour
Producer
La Roux chronology
Trouble in Paradise
(2014)
Supervision
(2020)
Singles from Supervision
  1. "International Woman of Leisure"
    Released: 31 October 2019
  2. "Gullible Fool"
    Released: 5 December 2019
  3. "Automatic Driver"
    Released: 24 January 2020

Supervision is the third studio album by English singer Elly Jackson, known professionally as La Roux. It was released on 7 February 2020 through Jackson's own independent label Supercolour Records. It is her first album recorded entirely as a solo act, following 2014's Trouble in Paradise, on which former member Ben Langmaid still contributed to a number of songs.

The album was met with generally mixed to positive reviews upon its release. It was preceded by three singles: "International Woman of Leisure", "Gullible Fool", and "Automatic Driver".

Background and recording[edit]

In April 2015, Jackson confirmed that she had begun working on the third La Roux album.[1] Later that year, the singer revealed that she intended to give the new record a "more earthy, more organic [and] more soulful" sound.[2] At the end of 2017, the singer experienced a breakdown, broke up with her long-term partner and eventually scrapped the largely finished project. She then started to work on the album from the beginning and composed brand new material in three to four months in 2018.[3][4] "Do You Feel" was the first song written for the final version of the album. Jackson claimed that each new song was recorded in about five hours.[5] The album was recorded in Jackson's own studio at her house in South London's Brixton/Herne Hill area, but mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

In March 2019, Jackson revealed in an interview that the album would consist of nine tracks.[6] However, in mid-October, it emerged that it will actually feature eight songs, when the album's title, tracklist and release date were revealed by a number of online music retailers,[7][8] although no official announcement had been made. On 30 October 2019, Jackson posted a teaser of the upcoming lead single "International Woman of Leisure", which was released the following day as her first musical output in over five years.[9][10] The singer simultaneously announced the new album and confirmed its release date. The album was released independently on Jackson's own Supercolour Records, after she and her previous label Polydor parted ways in 2015.[4] The singer toured Europe in February and North America in March 2020 to support the album.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.1/10[12]
Metacritic64/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
Clash Music6/10[14]
DIY3/5 stars[15]
Evening Standard2/5 stars[16]
Financial Times4/5 stars[17]
The Guardian4/5 stars[18]
The Independent3/5 stars[19]
Loud and Quiet7/10[20]
The Times4/5 stars[21]

Supervision received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 64, based on 9 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[13]

In a more neutral review, Ben Devlin of musicOMH reflected that "Supervision is at times frustrating [but] also contains some of La Roux's best music to date".[22] The Independent's Roisin O'Connor described the album as "lifeless" and "lacklustre", concluding that it is "certainly not a bad album, but it's a far cry from the bristling pop genius of Jackson's best work".[19] In his review for the Clash magazine, Robin Murray summed it up as "somewhat limited and frustratingly repetitive, ultimately paling next to La Roux's previous heights".[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Elly Jackson, and produced by Jackson and Dan Carey.

No.TitleLength
1."21st Century"4:13
2."Do You Feel"5:00
3."Automatic Driver"5:05
4."I.W.O.L."4:18
5."Everything I Live For"5:35
6."Otherside"5:21
7."He Rides"4:58
8."Gullible Fool"7:17

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Supervision.[23]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2020) Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 85
Scottish Albums (OCC)[25] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 20

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 7 February 2020 Supercolour [27][7][28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Roux on Facebook". Facebook. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  2. ^ Jamieson, Sarah (1 August 2015). "La Roux talks "more earthy, more organic" third record". Clash Music. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  3. ^ Solomon, Kate (1 November 2019). "La Roux had to totally reset before she could come back". Dazed. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b Cragg, Michael (25 January 2020). "La Roux: 'My label dropped me on New Year's Day. I was like, yippee!'". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  5. ^ Smyth, David (29 November 2019). "La Roux interview: 'I didn't have stage fright — it was life fright'". Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  6. ^ "PODCAST: At The Yard Episode 3 - La Roux". music-jobs.com. 28 March 2019. Event occurs at 25:50. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b "La Roux-Supervision -Coloured-". dejongensvanhemmes.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Supervision by La Roux: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  9. ^ Wass, Mike (30 October 2019). "Comeback Queen: La Roux Is Releasing A New Single This Week". Idolator. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  10. ^ Kenneally, Cerys (30 October 2019). "La Roux teases new single landing tomorrow". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  11. ^ Michael Rädel (31 October 2019). "La Roux "International Woman of Leisure" - blu Mediengruppe". www.blu.fm (in German). Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Supervision by La Roux reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Supervision by La Roux Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  14. ^ a b Murray, Robin (6 February 2020). "La Roux - Supervision". Clash Music. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  15. ^ Dixon, Louisa (6 February 2020). "La Roux - Supervision". DIY. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  16. ^ Luckhurst, Phoebe (7 February 2020). "La Roux, Supervision review: Lacklustre record is crying out for some good old-fashioned electro-pop". Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  17. ^ Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (7 February 2020). "La Roux: Supervision — gleaming synth-pop offset by warm basslines". Financial Times. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  18. ^ Aroesti, Rachel (7 February 2020). "La Roux: Supervision review – obliquely beautiful, contrarian electro visionary". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  19. ^ a b O'Connor, Roisin (2 February 2020). "La Roux: Supervision review – obliquely beautiful, contrarian electro visionary". The Independent. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  20. ^ Pilley, Max (3 February 2020). "La Roux – Supervision – Album review". Loud and Quiet. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  21. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (2 February 2020). "La Roux: Supervision review — back to what she does best". The Times. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  22. ^ Devlin, Ben (7 February 2020). "La Roux – Supervision". musicOMH. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  23. ^ Supervision (liner notes). La Roux. Supercolour Records. 2020.CS1 maint: others (link)
  24. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – La Roux – Supervision" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  25. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  26. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  27. ^ "La Roux-Supervision -Digi-". dejongensvanhemmes.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  28. ^ "Supervision Cassette - La Roux". laroux.co.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2020.