Album Review: Little Boots – Hands

By on Monday, 8th June 2009 at 2:00 pm

Little Boots Hands (cover)Glittery girls armed with keyboards as weaponry have certainly been taking over the airwaves this 2009. La Roux, Lady GaGa and Little Boots are just some of the women triumphantly leading the electro-pop revolution. But who is the best of this, perhaps a little overcrowded, female disco crop? Well, Little Boots, aka Victoria Hesketh, already has herself a head start. She’s been hailed as the “future of British pop”, and back in January, came out top on the BBC Sound of 2009 poll, which aimed to recognise major up and coming talent. Unsurprisingly then, Miss. Boots certainly has a lot to live up to through her debut album, ‘Hands’, which is released today.

I shall begin by commenting that Little Boots is very good at what she does. Her debut album is filled with perfectly friendly electro-pop, fit for indie-discos across the country. Stronger tracks on ‘Hands’ include album opener, ‘New in Town’, an incredibly addictive number thanks to it’s dry synths and fierce drumbeat. Admittedly, it may not have the greatest lyrics going (“I’m gunna take you out tonight. I’m gunna make you feel alright.”), yet this doesn’t matter. Little Boots is here to make you dance, and boy does this track make you wanna do just that. ‘Earthquake’ and ‘Stuck on Repeat’ are similarly catchy tunes. The latter track’s verses protrude with dark synths, contrasting well with the light and fluffy vocals of the chorus which sees Hesketh poppily proclaim “My heart’s skipping! Skipping! And I don’t know why!”. Meanwhile, the Game Boy synths of ‘Mathematics’ are sheer brilliance, along with the song’s fittingly numerical lyrics – “Cos your X is equal to my Y, but equations pass me by.”. The frantic, zig-zaggey beats of ‘Meddle’ prove why this track caused such a buzz around Lil’ Boots earlier on in the year, while Hesketh literally brings her 80s-influences to the record via ‘Symmetry’, a track featuring a truly brilliant duet with The Human League’s Phil Oakley.

Lower points amid the album include the unmemorable ‘Click’, and the limp ‘Ghost’, which, despite it’s unusual, military-like percussion, drags on a fair bit towards the end of the song due to the annoyingly repetitive vocals. Furthermore, tracks such as ‘Hearts Collide’ and ‘Remedy’ show that Hesketh’s sweetly sound can sometimes grow a little monotonous, with the least outstanding tracks on the album often merging into one, easily forgettable electro-pop mash.

However, we must remember this is a debut album and we cannot expect to have an utterly flawless record this early on in the game. What we evidentially do have with ‘Hands’, however, is an incredibly-decent pop artist who is taking both her music, and the ‘pop’ genre as a whole, very seriously. All in all, Victoria Hesketh clearly has a long career of making people dance ahead of her, and for that reason alone, I’d certainly like to declare Little Boots the new Princess of pop.

Little Boots‘ new album, Hands, is out now. Buy it from Amazon now. Watch the video for current single, New In Town below.


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9:47 pm
10th June 2009

Good review… but, strangely enough “Remedy” “Ghosts” and “Click” are three of my favourite.

Good artist, very good first album ~ I have it “Stuck on Repeat”!

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