Early review: La Roux at Rams Head Live
Contributor Christeen Roden reviews the British pop chanteuse's show at Rams Head Live Sunday night. A full review will come later.
It's hard not to have a lot of affection for La Roux. The combination of Elly Jackson's persona (that ginger hair, for starters) and the way the soulfulness of her voice is juxtaposed with the cold, synthetic nature of the duo's music is incredibly endearing.
But their show Sunday night at Ram's Head left me underwhelmed. Seeing them perform was like listening to the duo's namesake album underwater.
Jackson's powerhouse vocals never shed their trepidation long enough to fill the packed house. Instead, they felt smaller than the already tenuous, if not shrunken, limitations of the album.
And, I'm still not quite sure how to approach the astounding horror that was the second opening act. More on that later.
Set list after the jump.
La Roux Set List:
New song (perhaps It's Easy Now?)
As if by Magic
I'm Not Your Toy
Under My Thumb (R Stone's Cover)
In For the Kill
Christeen Roden has an English degree from University of Maryland at College Park. She maintains her own blog about Baltimore and has written for blackbookmag.com. Erik Maza edited this post.
Photo: La Roux MySpace