Little Boots: Hands (2 stars)

Little Boots: Hands

Much touted at the turn of the year, Little Boots has rather had her electro-pop fembot pixie thunder stolen by Lady Gaga, and this debut album doesn’t do anything to turn that around.

Suitably retro of feel, with shadows of Yazoo, New Order and the Human League in the heavily synthesised ether, it starts well with the double whammy of ‘New in Town’ and ‘Earthquake’, but runs out of ideas fast. The likes of ‘Mathematics’ and ‘Ghosts’ are singularly lacking in requisite catchiness, while even the sonorous appearance of Phil Oakey can’t save ‘Symmetry’ from ponderous tedium.


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