Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Little Boots


Little Boots
Hands
Elektra

It seems implausible, but for some people the idea of synth-pop dance music made through the beautiful relationship between a woman and a machine - especially if it’s a woman - is still somehow automatically devalued as fluff. They’ve been missing out on some of the most moving, exuberant music being made, from Sally Shapiro to La Roux to Ellie Goulding. Like the latter two, Little Boots (a.k.a. Victoria Hesketh) hails from England, a country with a proper respect for its dance acts. There she’s garnered a slew of critical plaudits, and it’s not hard to see why. This debut LP is a breezy tour of electronic subgenres, from the Kylie Minogue-ian (yes, that’s a thing) hit “Stuck on Repeat’’ to the hyper-charged nu-disco of “New in Town,’’ with forays into Eurobeat, glitch-pop, new wave, and house. The style-shifting stems from a rotating cast of collaborators like Lady Gaga accomplice RedOne, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, and Philip Oakey, who shares vocal duties on “Symmetry.’’ It’s the type of near-perfect, swooning synth-pop rush that Oakey was riding with the Human League in the ’80s. For way too many people, that probably doesn’t mean anything. Their loss.

Boston Globe

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