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Genre: Dance & Electronic - Electronica / Artist: Little Boots / CD / Audio CD released 2009-06-08 at 679/ Atlantic

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      03.03.2012 13:11
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      I Love it!

      Little Boots (real name Victoria Hesketh) is a twenty-seven year old singer-songwriter from Blackpool. She rose to fame in 2009 with her debut single 'Remedy'.

      Hands is the debut album from Little Boots. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2009. The album is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.27 which I think is excellent value for money.

      ~ * Track Listing * ~

      1) New In Town 2) Earthquake 3) Stuck on Repeat (Album Version) 4) Click 5)Remedy 6) Meddle 7) Ghost 8) Mathematics 9) Symmetry 10) Tune Into My Heart 11) Hearts Collide 12) No Breaks

      The album consists of songs in the Electro-Pop and Synth-Pop genres; genres that I have come to love. The album has a very fresh and unique vibe about it. It is certainly a feel good album and is sure to put you in a great mood. I also think that this is a fantastic party album as it has some really catchy and upbeat songs which are sure to get everyone up and dancing on the dance floor.

      I have to say that this is a very high-quality album. By this, I mean that you can tell just by listening to it that Little Boots has spent a lot of time creating and perfecting this album and it really shows through the songs.

      The album does have a bit of an 80's sound to it with a modern twist. I would therefore say that if you like music from the 80's then I am sure that you will like this album.

      There are some brilliant songs on this album. I like every single song, however the ones which really stand out for me are 'Meddle', 'Remedy', 'Hearts Collide' and 'Stuck On Repeat'. One thing I love about this album is the fact that I can put it on and listen to the whole album without skipping any songs.

      I am really impressed with this album. The majority of songs are 'hit-you-in-the-face' catchy and are definitely the kind of songs which I would say 'Ooh put that one again!'. I think that each song has single potential which is great. This album does not contain any fillers whatsoever which is music to my ears, as a lot albums these days tend to use a lot of fillers for their albums - not Little Boots!

      Little Boots is one talented lady. She has written all of the songs on this album and each one is brilliant. To me someone who writes their own songs is what I call a 'real artist'. Her songs definitely express her fun personality. She can also sing really well too - I love her voice; it's quite powerful and unique.

      I love this album and cannot wait for the next one! I would definitely recommend this album!

      Thanks for reading!
      March 2012
      Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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      09.10.2011 13:30
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      On of best albums of last 5 years

      In 2009 Little Boots was all the rage in the Indie music scenes. Her self posted videos on youtube had made her into one of the hottest stars in the country and this, her debut album "Hands" was one of the most hotly anticipated records of the year. Sure enough with Disco, retro glory this album did not disappoint and still two years on it remains a constant on my play list.

      If you like funky, old school retro pop music that is not ashamed of being purely poptastic then this is the album for you. Little Boots has a knack of creating timeless melodies, hooks that will stay in your head for a long time and songs that make you wanna dance. All this is capped off by fantastic vocals with a sweet, vulnerable voice yet one which delivers the songs with a raw power and passion rarely heard in over produced pop these days.

      Chances are you will have heard many of these songs before either on the radio, on tv ads and as background music on tv without actually realising what you have been hearing is indeed Little Boots.
      New in Town kicks off the album and was the first single put out. An upbeat, sing a long anthemic pop song which has a hook that will lure you in from the start. Remedy is perhaps the closest the record comes to slipping into disco and is possibly a song you will have heard out in the pubs and clubs. Light dance mixed with 80's beats and a chorus that cries out to be sung along too.

      In amongst other more mid tempo tracks like Meddle and Symmetry, with Phil Oakley duetting, are a few slower ballad style songs, and by ballad I mean 21st century ballad not middle of the road bland ballads from days gone by. Stuck on Repeat and Tune into my heart show a softer side of the artist.

      Therefore not only does the album deliver on all fronts but it also has a diversity to it meaning it rarely gets boring and no matter what mood you find yourself in there are songs on it that will match that mood. Little Boots wrote much of the songs, lyrics and music herself which I always prefer and this at times feels like a very personal album and one which you will not regret buying.

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      02.10.2011 17:47
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      ...a whole review without any puns concerning Little Boots' Hands!

      Saturday night entertainment's neverending search for conveyor-belt pop-stars has essentially turned the process into a battle to see who can most viscerally strangle the trickier entries in Mariah Carey's back catalogue whilst plasticky, smug judges periodically remind us that talent is nowadays largely dependent on the number of octaves a contestant can squeeze out of a Whitney Houston cover. Such worrying attitudes have filtered into the viral market too, where every few minutes you can find a new karaoke fanatic reminding us of exactly why they haven't got a record deal. Fortunately, Victoria Hesketh's (or Little Boots, as she would become known) foray into Youtube stood out for the lack of such box-ticking, critic-courting banality.

      If her fun keyboard solos of The Human League's "Don't You Want Me", Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and Madonna's "Material Girl" all hinted at a musical aptitude and love of pure, unadulterated pop melodies, then first studio album Hands, released in 2009, is more concrete evidence of an artist capable of much more than skilful mimicry.

      Whilst similar eighties-leaning acts have gone for the retro-jugular by focusing on abrasive and starkly basic synth instrumentation, Hands is "all electronic" yet doesn't feel "old" - it's an album that era-hops with an impressive fluidity. Little Boots jumps effortlessly and uncannily between early eighties synth vibes and more modern, electro-dance, though the divide between where one ends and another begins is rarely distinct. This proves a positive however as Hands feels a cohesive (if at times a little safe thematically) debut, with a barrage of eloquent and clever lyrics ably backed by foot-tapping production.

      It gets off to a perfect start with the sexy "New In Town". The staccato but soft electronics; warbling bass; quick-fire drum beats and smooth, cool vocal delivery all combine to make a rather wondrous, sleek amalgamation of Gary Numan and Goldfrapp. This is followed up by the epic "Earthquake". It's the album's finest work as the song that most successfully marries Little Boots's pop sensibilities with lyrical finesse. An explosive cascade of synths open the tune in magnificent fashion and from there on in, it's relentless. "Earthquake" manages the oh-so-difficult task of conveying lyrical vulnerability through affecting verses and yet simultaneously brisles with an infectious, rousing energy that will have you belting along with the brilliant chorus.

      Hesketh and her myriad of producers graft out some more contemporary-sounding efforts too. "Stuck On Repeat", a brooding effort which confidently draws attention to its superb, marauding beat, would seem as much at home in a club as a retro disco. "Meddle" is an off-kilter track that tackles the psychological pitfalls of love with an aptly paranoid edge. It's different, though the clanking percussion and production makes it a less attractive pop song than those around it.

      Then there's the eminently danceable "Remedy". With RedOne on production duties, Lady GaGa comparisons are perhaps inevitable with this top ten hit. Indeed, it was likely a stepping stone for RedOne in developing the structure and holler-along chorus that was later and more famously a trope of "Bad Romance". "Remedy" is an absolute blast; a relatively uniform, dance-as-cure message aided by the supreme chorus complete with ballsy but brilliant double-rhyme: "Move while you're watching me/Dance with the enemy/Here is my remedy, oh, uh-oh uh-oh" which becomes increasingly impossible not to sing along to.

      The chief influence remains in synthpop of course, and there are several good examples of this on Hands. The atmospheric "Mathematics" employs trimmed piano notes to work its tempo, offering another gleeful exercise in word-play as a skit on a formula of love ("cause nothing can divide a heart plus a heart") though the lengthy, laboured chorus is not as immediate as on the albums better tracks. This is swiftly followed by the excellent "Symmetry", a collaboration with The Human League's frontman Phil Oakey. A rousing, gem of a pop song, it fittingly pitches a meeting of eras to the theme of opposition ("you're the night to my day and the left to my right/the blood to my veins and the dark to my light"). The duo's voices work in perfect tandem for the chorus whilst appearing at polar-opposite during their respective verses, and in terms of range and the purity of delivery, it is Hesketh's strongest vocal display. As well as catchy ditty "Click", "Symmetry" could have fit comfortably among THL's noughties output, with the added bonus of Little Boots's excellent voice and sharper lyrics meaning the student has in this instance very much trumped the masters' more recent material.

      There are no out-an-out failures, but a few songs hover dangerously closer to filler. "Ghost" continues the admirably extensive journey through lyrical metaphors as an examination of lovers growing distant, whilst "Tune In To My Heart" has a gentle, hum-along quality, but neither offer distinctive or adventurous instrumentation and thus fail to really grab the attention. Little Boots opts to avoid ballads, though where "Earthquake" turns themes of sadness into charged, emotional and memorable burst of music, the reflective musings of "Hearts Collide" drifts along rather more harmlessly. The choruses lack any real bite during the final few tracks but the enjoyable rolling (or perhaps "driving") synths of the finale "No Brakes" go some way to making up for it, with a talkie monologue giving it a little bit of a new-romantic veneer.

      So what does Hands tell us? Although some of the individual quirks of the artist may have be lost under heavy production, it's perhaps a necessary sacrifice as there's little question the bigger numbers are also the better ones. The first half of the album is more energetic and interesting than the second, and Little Boots may opt to transmit her impressive writing skills on a more personal level in future. There are several outstanding songs and no major mishaps, but room for improvement. It's heartening to see a musician endeavouring to make pop music without taking the reality TV route, and judging by this debut, there's plenty of promise for the future.

      STANDOUT TRACKS:
      Earthquake; Remedy; New In Town; Symmetry

      MEMORABLE LYRIC:
      Earthquake:
      "Every little earthquake, every little heartbreak, going unheard/
      Every little landslide, catch it in my hand, I won't say a word"

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        18.01.2010 16:24
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        Look beyond the pop sheen to find a gem of an album.

        Little Boots, aka Blackpool's Victoria Hesketh, was an artist much touted as the next big thing at the end of 2008, and seemed to be some kind of electro-pop saviour. On first listen I was mildly disappointed with the first major single from her debut 'Hands', the rather mainstream poppy 'New In Town', which at first I dismissed as some kind of inconsequential pop fluff in the same vein as Sophie Ellis Bextor, and unlike the more credible-sounding singles that preceded it.

        However that single, as with the rest of the album, gets under your skin and makes you love it. The pop sensibilities are superb, with 80s flecked electronica mixed with shiny late 00s pop and a touch of 90s hardcore in some of the electronics. And Miss Boots isn't just a pretty popster, she's a full-on synth geek putting together a gamut of great squelches and beeps, hidden away under the pop sheen.

        It seems fitting that one of the highlights of the album, the track 'Symmetry', features the vocals of one Phillip Oakey, the man who equally made electronica and shiny pop meld together with the Human League in the early 80s.

        So look past the rather sugary coating of this album and you'll find a fantastic album beneath. Little Boots didn't get quite the success that the initial hype suggested, but it will be interesting to see where Ms Hesketh goes from here.

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          16.01.2010 13:28
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          I'm the first eprson to say that I was shocked when I first listened to little boots first single 'remedy'. I was shocked because this style of song was absolutely not what I would normally like. Just in case it was a one off, I decided to listen to the whole album on 'spotify'. When the album had finished I was in disbelief, as I actually liked. The style of music I like does very quite alot, as I like a little bit out of every style. Now I can add electronic pop to that list!

          This is the track list:
          1. New in town
          2. Earthquake
          3. Stuck on repeat
          4. Click
          5. Remedy
          6. Meddle
          7. Ghost
          8. Mathematics
          9. Symmetry
          10. Tune into my heart
          11. Hearts collide
          12. No brakes

          At the end of 'no brakes' you have to wait for about a minute (maybe more or less) and there another 'hidden track' without a name that isn't mentioned on the album. I am going to call it 'mend this brokes heart'.

          There does tend to be a theme throughout the whole album, about love or breaking up or being with someone. I dont know about anyone else but this theme does tend to get a little repetitive.

          One of my favourite tracks on this album is called ghost. This is one of the songs thaqt Little boots writes by herself. The instruments give the song a slightly darker feel to it, than any of the other songs on the album.

          I like the album as a whole, but I think if I were to buy the tracks seperately, then I would probably leave some out. One of the tracks I would leave out would be 'hearts collide' as it just tends to go over the same kind of thing that you listen to throughout the whole album.

          A song that I didn't think I would like but I do is stuck on repeat. Before listening to this track I looked up the lyrics and foun d that literally it just repeats the lyrics over and over. I thought that Every thing about it would be repetitive including the music as well as the lyrics, but surprisingly enough even though it does use the same lyrics, It also uses variations on the melody, with different sounding synths so it gives it that slight variation in the tune.

          As for all the other songs, I would say that, for somebody who had no interest in electro pop music befoere listening to this album, it is a good introduction the the style of music.

          You can get this album for £4.98 on amazon, either as a proper Cd (where you will probably have to pay postage) or as a download. I got this for a present at christmas, but I did ask for it, It was a very good present and I thoroughly enjoy listening to it.

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            30.09.2009 21:31
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            The first album release from Blackpool born Little Boots.

            If you've read any of my reviews on music before then you'll probably have realised that my musical taste is quite varied and that I don't tend to listen to just one genre of music but prefer to keep a mixture on my ipod. One of my latest acquisitions is an album by someone called Little Boots entitled Hands. Now you may well be thinking that firstly the artist has a bizarre name and that secondly the album also has a rather odd name too. After hearing a couple of her songs on the radio I decided to have a look into her album and in doing so discovered that her name is actually Victoria Hesketh and she just uses Little Boots as her screen name... as we all do! She's a twenty five year old from Blackpool in the UK and nine years ago she actually featured on Pop Idol before being eliminated. Since then she's been touring as part of a jazz trio, been part of an indie pop group and most recently released a solo album entitled Hands in June 2009.

            Her sound is quite unusual in that it doesn't fit strictly into any one category, not that much music seems to anymore really these days. There is quite a lot of indie and pop influence in many of her songs which is obviously linked to her past but there does seem to be relatively little jazz featuring on this album so please don't buy it expecting to hear jazz! There is also a distinct electro pop feel to her album as well as a dance vibe too. It's quite a varied album in that if you like your pop music to be fairly un-cheesy then this would probably satisfy you and the general feeling is quite an upbeat one so once again, please don't buy it expecting to hear slow ballads. To sum it up succinctly I'd say it's electro pop with dance influences penetrating many of the songs... yes I know this still seems quite a vague description for a music album! There are twelve tracks on the Hands album varying in length from three minutes up to four and a half minutes.

            "New In Town" is the opening track on the album which reached position thirteen in the UK chart. It's quite an upbeat pop song with a distinct electro feel to it. It's fairly fast moving and feels a little like an up-tempo track by Kylie Minogue or the Sugababes, it's got that same infectious pop feel that makes you want to sing along. Once you get to the chorus you'll be sure to recognise it if you tend to listen to commercial radio stations. This is followed by "Earthquake" and "Stuck on Repeat" which really echo the feel of the previous song along the former of the two has almost a dance rave feel to it and I'm sure before long it will be on the club scene. Despite the strong dance club influences there's quite a pure feel to these songs too suggesting innocence and a secret softness too which sadly isn't really displayed on this album. There's a strong electro influence to the latter of the two songs which made me think of Lady GaGa's music too.

            "Click" is a little more sedate than the previous tracks in terms of volume although there's the same persistent electro beat underneath the track throughout while her voice remains a little softer. This song is a little bit hit and miss for me, after the strong album opening it was a bit of a dampener to be honest but thankfully the next track "Remedy" managed to rescue it quite quickly. This one is her latest single and reached position six in the UK chart and is a really infectious pop dance track that I can see being played in bars and clubs in no time at all. There's a really modern feel to it and again Sugababes came to my mind when I heard this but somehow she manages to modernise their sound even taking it into the future by making it sound much crisper and fresher at the same time. This is an excellent track and is one of my favourites on the album; I can't help but sing along to the catchy and quick chorus that has me dancing away!

            "Meddle" has a very slight jazz feel to the opening which is obviously where her background shines through ever so slightly but this soon disappears, somewhat sadly I think. There's very much a Shakira feel to this track, it's quick and seductive with a great dance beat running underneath it throughout. Again it's not one that really sticks in my mind and I do tend to skip it to bring me onto "Ghost" and "Mathematics" which to me suggest the album is starting to run out of steam after its very positive start. They're fair tracks in that they're catchy and her voice sounds good but there just doesn't seem to be any substance to them and they're almost irritating with their strong electro feel. "Symmetry" which is a strangely haunting track, although it retains the same feel of the rest of the album her voice is displayed much better in this track and seems to showcase more of her talents here, it's a good track that is just a tiny bit more mellow.

            "Tune Into My Heart" does attempt to revitalise the album a little with a distinct electro pop feel to it, yet it's quite a soft track and this is the most mellow track you'll get on this album. This track does touch on the cheesy pop a little towards the chorus which is reminiscent of bands such as S Club 7 with chorus lyrics of "remember to tune into my heart, wherever you are, no frequency stops when we're apart, I know it's hard when things get dark." S Club 7 would be proud! "Hearts Collide" seems to continue with the same mellow feel of the previous track but much less effectively, instead the chorus just sounds distinctively eerie. "No Brakes" just serves to kill the album and any positive feel that was built up in the previous tracks seem to be lost. That same electro beat runs throughout this track and rather than energise me it just serves to irritate me and very often I have to turn this track off as it all just seem a bit pointless really.

            So what do I think of this album? Well the first half of it has some really catchy tracks that I do quite like, then there's a few okay tracks towards the middle which end abruptly when we reach track number ten "Tune Into My Heart." The last two tracks show the album really has run out of steam and I almost feel it would have been better if she'd just done a ten track album. The refreshing element of this album is that the music did feel new and not just something repackaged and re-sung that's already been done by every other girl band or female singer out there. Instead it felt crisp, fresh and quite raw which was good. The songs don't dwell on love and lost love, instead they refer to a variety of situations and due to the fairly upbeat nature of the majority of the album there doesn't seem to be many soul searching tracks centred on love and unrequited love on here. I must say that the one attempt at cheesy pop lyrics is a great success!

            I always judge an album on how many of the tracks I tend to skip and on this album I'd say I skip about four or five of the tracks so around a third of them. It's not the best album that's on my ipod, in fact it's probably quite far from it as I can only listen to this if I'm feeling in a good mood and upbeat... if I'm shattered than this stays off my play list as I'd just get irritated. I'm going to give this album three out of five stars which does seem lower than what other people have done here on DooYoo, maybe it's just not my cup of tea but everyone's entitled to an opinion. I'll keep it on my ipod... but only until something better comes up. Oh and I almost forgot to mention my only other problem with this artist... now it's a bit of a petty one but nevertheless it's a problem, you may have noticed that throughout this review I've avoided referring to her by name as I just don't know if to call her Little Boots or Victoria Hesketh. Pop stars these days hey?

            Thanks for reading.

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              06.09.2009 12:14
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              You're missing out by not giving this gem a listen

              At the start of 2009, singer & songwritter Victoria Hesketh better known as Little Boots was earmarked my much of the media to be the biggest new act to watch out for this year. If you listen to this her debut album, you can see exactly why.

              I would describe her style as electro pop with many delights featured on this her debum album. Highlights include debut single "New In Town" & the latest single "Remedy" but apart from these there are many other great tunes on this album includes "Hearts Collide" & "Stuck on Repeat". I think what makes her so wonderful is the fact that she's so distinctive from anything else that is out there at the moment.

              Currently I've seen that this album is available through HMV online at the bargain price of £4.99 so it's defintely worth experiencing.

              If you get the opportunity to see her live, I'd definetly recommend it as she's been amazing the times I've been lucky enough to see her perform. Also from interviews I've seen & what I've read about her, she seems a really nice person who's interested in making good music rather than getting in the newspapers for the wrong reasons like some other celebrities.

              In my opinion this is the pop album of 2009 so far!

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              12.08.2009 21:56
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              Put it on, sing and dance your heart out.

              Little Boots - first name Victoria and in my eyes, superstar. This album is new, funky, quirky and fabulous. Live she is amazing and addictive is her music. After seeing her live this year I was shocked at how I'd never heard of her. On stage she sang her little heart out and put on a good show. The album will be played over and over again I guarantee it. As with any album some tracks are better than others, with remedy being my personal favourite, but overall there is not one I'd press skip on. It's full of pop, upbeat catchy tunes to make you feel good. Not only is her album awesome but I like to see artists working hard and Victoria is doing just that, there is a lot of promotion and buzz surrounding her and she deserves every success. The hidden track is a nice surprise too. I had been in the middle of something and not had the chance to press play again, when all of a sudden another song played. Great for getting ready for a night out or driving in the car. My husband also likes her music but I personally think it's a girl thing with this album.

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                A very easy listening album for everyone

                Hands is the debut album from Little Boots. It is one of the best debut albums of the year and really deserved a Mercury Prize nomination because it is better than both La Roux and Florence and the Machines debut albums.

                New In Town the first track on the album and as the debut single is one of the many highlights on the album. Remedy I felt was a hidden Gem even before it began to get some radio play and will be released as a single. You won't grow tired of listening to this song in particular. Meddle and Mathematics are also two brilliant hidden Gems and along with Remedy are the albums best three songs.

                I feel the last 3 songs on the album really don't come close to the rest of the other songs on the album and may be the reason why this album failed to win a nomination for the Mercury Prize.

                The full track list is:-
                1. New In Town
                2. Earthquake
                3. Stuck On Repeat
                4. Click
                5. Remedy
                6. Meddle
                7. Ghosts
                8. Mathematics
                9. Symmetry
                10. Tune Into My Heart
                11. Hearts Collide
                12. No Brakes

                This is a very easy listening album and hopefully Little Boots will be here to stay and it really doesn't matter what your music taste is there is something to offer everyone on this album.

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                  Hands is the debut album by Lancastrian electronic pop artist Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots. Not the usual thing, I'd be reviewing, it was an album that became part of my objective to review the latest album by every Glastonbury act this year. I didn't expect much but I found it pleasantly surprising.

                  Although it's a very girly sounding track, I think that "Every Little Earthquake" is a pretty good pop number with a variation of pace and electronic sounds. New In Town is one of the best songs on the album due to it's catchy nature and pretty memorable pure pop lyrics.

                  Remedy is a dancy pop song that sounds like many a Timbaland produced song, it should be having tonnes of commercial success because sadly it seems to be the thing that sells these days (got a feeling it's not released yet as a single!)

                  Overall I find that the album is well-made, there's quite a lot of difference between the types of tracks available to the listener, the beginning is more suited to my likes but I'm sure that others will appreciate the more mass-produced sounding songs too.

                  I don't think this album is going to get me into electro tinged pop but if I was in to that type of music, this is an album that I would appreciate.

                  1 New In Town
                  2 Earthquake
                  3 Stuck On Repeat
                  4 Click
                  5 Remedy
                  6 Meddle
                  7 Ghosts
                  8 Mathematics
                  9 Symmetry
                  10 Tune Into My Heart
                  11 Hearts Collide
                  12 No Brakes

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                    A bright new talent delivers with her debut album

                    Back at the end of 2008, there was a great deal of buzz around Little Boots. Her real name is Victoria Hesketh and she was declared the winner of the BBC's Sound of 2009 poll. Names in the past to appear in this list have included Mika, Duffy and Adele and coming towards the top end basically is a one ticket pass to instant success the following year as the public lap up whatever the BBC feeds them. Unfortunately in the case of Little Boots she seems to have been lost in the crowd whilst her peers are enjoying much more success. 'Hands' is her debut album that has been in the making for most of this year and is a showcase of the talent of this up and coming star.


                    Little Boots fits into the pop crowd somewhere between Girls Aloud and Lady Gaga but with much more swagger and style. There's also traces of Goldfrapp so if electro-pop is your type of music then this is definitely an album that you need to add to your collection. 'Hands' is a breath of fresh air into a pop music scene that is continuing to blossom at present and there's not a dull moment on the album.

                    Lead single 'New In Town' starts off proceedings. A bouncy, futuristic and seductive piece of music that twirls its way around your conscience until you can't stop singing it. Boots has a great presence that oozes out over the hypnotic beats and infectious burst that comes with the chorus.

                    'Earthquake' sounds like a much more energetic version of Goldfrapp. Pulsing with a beautiful wave of eerie hooks and Boots seductive vocals you can't help but not be pulled in.

                    There's definitely talent here but Boots sticks to a lot of robotic synthesisers and catchy hooks that push her music to new heights. 'Stuck On Repeat' is a prime example of this building on beautifully crafted hooks and a gradually fading melody that wraps itself around her voice perfectly.

                    'Remedy' is an explosive slice of summer pop that relies on hooligan fueled harmonies, a very funky beat and sexy lyrics that work their way into your brain. It's just another reason why 'Hands' is dripping with potential huge singles and Boots seems to relish in her songs adding a fresh sparkle of wit to each song on the album.

                    The record avoids being samey though there are repetitive elements at work. 'Click' and 'Meddle' both adopt a very reggae influenced sound, mixing drums and such with Boots' familiar electronic overtones. They do feel a bit out of sync with the mood of the rest of the CD and are probably my two least favourite tracks but they're still not boring and have enough to keep you entranced when you listen.

                    Even the classic ballad has been given the Boots makeover. 'Ghost' is one of the more gentle moments on 'Hands' with beautifully written lyrics and a very slow and creepy beat that wreaks of emotion. That aside there's still a very robotic feel to the track that only adds to the eerie vibe that comes from it.

                    Boots does run out of steam a tad as the album draws to a close but the tracks are still flying out in grand style. Whilst the later efforts lack the hit potential of their predecessors, there's still some quality tunes on offer here. The lyrics for 'Mathematics' are extremely clever, working topics within the subject into a song about love and attraction whilst an infectious and grimy beat thuds away in the background.

                    'Symmetry' has a very thudding beat to it and starts off rather slowly before the music explodes into some form of 80s tribute. It's like Human League and the Eurythmics have meshed and been given the modern treatment whilst still maintaining their unique style. It's only further testament to the camp that Boots sits in and creates another brilliant track for the CD.

                    Little Boots might not be doing anything new but she brings a fresh and unique approach to a genre that is thriving at present. With core tracks like 'Earthquake', 'Remedy', 'Stuck On Repeat' and 'New In Town', she has a very bright future ahead of her. The production and beats that encircle every track on 'Hands' are entrancing and hypnotic weaving a web to pull you in to this bright and sparkly new world. Whereas most albums tend to run out of steam towards their end 'Hands' is a very consistant and solid piece of music that showcases this energetic and vibrant new talent perfectly resulting in a well crafted, glorious pop record. To conclude, if the tracks here are anything to go by it seems that Little Boots' star is only going to continue to grow.


                    Complete tracklisting:

                    01 - New In Town
                    02 - Earthquake
                    03 - Stuck On Repeat
                    04 - Click
                    05 - Remedy
                    06 - Meddle
                    07 - Ghosts
                    08 - Mathematics
                    09 - Symmetry
                    10 - Tune Into My Heart
                    11 - Hearts Collide
                    12 - No Brakes

                    13 - Hands [hidden track]

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                    Disc #1 Tracklisting
                    1 New I Town
                    2 Earthquake
                    3 Stuck On Repeat
                    4 Click
                    5 Remedy
                    6 Meddle
                    7 Ghosts
                    8 Mathematics
                    9 Symmetry
                    10 Tune Into My Heart
                    11 Hearts Collide
                    12 No Brakes