The Bottom Line
When La Roux's uptempo synths kick in at the opening here, music fans will be instantly transported to 80's electropop memories. However, it doesn't take long after Elly Jackson begins to sing for the realization that "Bulletproof" would be a top notch pop song in any decade's style. "Bulletproof" topped the UK pop singles chart upon its debut in June 2009. It has finally begun making a serious chart climb in the US nine months later. This is certainly an example of better late than never.
- Uptempo dance synths both 80s and timeless
- Elly Jackson's sassy take-no-prisoners vocals
- Words of romantic resolve
- No real negatives
- Written by Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid
- Produced by Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid
- Released June 2009 by Polydor
Guide Review - La Roux - "Bulletproof"
When La Roux first hit the UK charts in 2009 it was with a visual style as arresting as the music. Lead vocalist Elly Jackson's forward and upswept red hair is perfectly designed to make a permanent impression in your memory. Fortunately, in this case, the music itself is just as memorable. "Bulletproof" was an instant and deserving #1 at home in the UK.
The key to the record's success is that "Bulletproof" is a rock solid classic pop song. The protagonist has had negative past romantic entanglements and now she has her shield in place. The chorus is a catchy one that will have you singing along whether you want to or not, and the verses are far from throwaway. Elly Jackson delivers them in a sassy, aggressive fashion that helps you feel her frustration while you are wanting to move on the nearest dance floor.
Don't miss the "Bulletproof" video. There is a somewhat retro 80s feel about all the angles, color and focus on Elly Jackson simply walking. However, don't miss the stunningly stylish clothes and facial expressions as the words are delivered. Just when you thought the song has played all its cards, a classic Vocoder breakdown elevates "Bulletproof" one small step higher.