by Bambi Weavil
Last June, we wrote about Little Boots’ Illuminations EP and now her full album release, Hands, is now available, you’ll hear some of the same songs again from that EP. Little Boots (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube) hasn’t deviated from her British dance-pop sound and the EP’s musical influences, Kylie Minogue with some Olivia Newton John-styling, with 1980s pop-synth kaleidoscoping in the mix. “New To Town” is still the best track from Little Boots, an upbeat pop/dance song that kicks off Hands. “I’m gonna take you out tonight / I’m gonna make you feel alright” fits into the pop landscape perfectly right now, she should tap more into this fun more often. Her competition is fierce, and she’s going to draw further comparisons to Lady Gaga and Ke$ha.
Sometimes the synth-pop tracks are too distracting, as they are in “Ghosts” and feel more of the same (which is something she risks the entire album) with “Symmetry.” Some tracks will serve better re-mixed such as “Click,” while “Remedy” is better on the second half of the track instead of the beginning. Little Boots should tap more into her acoustic side at times to balance out the album, as”Hearts Collide” would be perfect stripped down. Though I think this album falls short of the hype, the potential of this artist is incredible. The hidden track at the end of the record, “Broken Heart” is gold, it’s Little Boots vocals stripped acoustically away from the synth-pop that dominates the album, and focuses on her vocal gifts with a piano that reminds us of her raw talent.