Absolutely everything about the Mercury Prize-nominated debut by British synth-pop duo La Roux screams retro. Anyone born before 1990 will recognize Elly Jackson's Flock of Seagulls/Annie Lennox stylistic mash-up, the early '80s new wave synthesizer and drum machine combination that comes directly from the likes of Yazoo and OMD and the emotional isolationism and lost-love lyricism that's been championed by disenfranchised musicians everywhere. It would be easy to toss La Roux aside if the tracks weren't so damn infectious. The big question, though, is how long can something so transparent stay interesting beyond its initial breakthrough appeal?
Quicksand (Original Version) - La Roux