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Hands well worth the wait

PUBLISHED: 18:40 08 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

Pure pop: Little Boots' debut album is a sparkling collection of fun tunes

Pure pop: Little Boots' debut album is a sparkling collection of fun tunes

by Tim Cole It feels like we have been waiting an eternity to get our hands on Little Boots debut album. For everyone who watched in awe as 24-year-old Victoria Hesketh commanded the attention of the music world with a performance for Jo

by Tim Cole

It feels like we have been waiting an eternity to get our hands on Little Boots' debut album.

For everyone who watched in awe as 24-year-old Victoria Hesketh commanded the attention of the music world with a performance for Jools Holland last November, the moment of truth has arrived.

With the sparkling Hands, the Blackpool lass does not disappoint. This is the soundtrack for summer 2009.

Every YouTube cover she does is fun. This album is the same.

It's a glitzy mix or everything that's good about keyboard-driven pop. It's not rooted in the 1980s, although the presence of Human League frontman Phil Oakey on the fabulous Symmetry might indicate so.

There's a flavour of everything from early 90s Italia to 2008 Kylie.

Victoria told the Times: "We've tried to make it a real mix so there's some super-poppy stuff, some edgy more dancey stuff, some real disco stuff because it's so hard to please everyone."

The wait has certainly not been about a shortage of material. There are some much loved early gig-favourites which have been left behind or are only available on the download version.

The title track for the album isn't listed - it's tucked away as a 'secret' at the end of the album.

Hands is a simple song, a beautiful tale about a girl with a broken heart who is looking for someone to fix it for her and ends up mending it herself - with her own hands.

She said: "I just felt that song was the first thing I ever wrote. I just wanted to peel it all back at the end to just piano and vocal. That song's one that really divides people - they either love it or they hate it.

"I just wanted to show that every good song can be stripped back to a voice and piano or a voice and guitar. If it's a good song it should still stand up like that. That's inside all of the songs, I just get excited dressing them all up, but that's the kernel and I wanted to show people that's how it starts."

Little Boots performed the single New In Town and the likely follow-up, Remedy, in all their high-production glory on a return visit to Later... with Jools Holland just a month ago.

There were specific reasons for New In Town being the first release. "That song is like a bridge between the older and newer stuff," she says.

But what of Remedy?

"It feels like it's most fun, it's like a big pop song yet it's still quite dark. It's very immediate and there's been a great reaction live to it."

Earthquake, Click and Mathematics are long-time live favourites from the album. Hearts Collide is pure Kylie. Stuck On Repeat is another track that she has pared down well in the past.

It's 42 minutes of pure pop to enhance everyone's collection and make the summer sunshine even brighter.

* The album Hands is available now on 679 Atlantic.

* If you buy Hands on iTunes you get the already released Meddle (Piano Tenor-ion version) and cover of Freddie Mercury's Love Kills as well as another mix of New In Town.

* There's also an iTunes Live From London EP featuring New In Town, Stuck On Repeat, Meddle and Earthquake recorded at the Regent's Street Apple store.

tim.cole@archant.co.uk


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