Album review: Little Boots – Nocturnes

Little Boots - Nocturnes

Little Boots - Nocturnes - Credit: Archant

Don’t assume the light’s fading in this star. Her return offers more than meets the eye, if you’re willing to look past the odd mistake.

Since her gold-selling debut album Hands way back in 2009, Blackpool’s Victoria Hesketh has faded into anonymity.

But the initial signs are there that this dance-pop diva’s stock has held its value – releasing Nocturnes on her own record label, she’s bagged DFA records’ co-founder Tim Goldsworthy to produce it,

There’s bright, dancefloor-pop confections such as Confusion, where Hesketh bemoans a deceitful lover, and harder, clubbier tunes like Shake which exhibit darker shades.

The love song All For You married to stripped-back effects and echoed vocals, is brave and evocative.

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Beat Beat is an inadvisably glib Kylie cast-off, sounding all the worse for being shoe-horned among interesting melodies.

But there are nice lines on Strangers, the story of two lovers’ awkward reunion set to sunkissed synths and almost liquid percussion.

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Not fantastic, but an obvious talent is at hand – one now steering her own course.

3 stars

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