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Little Boots: Victoria Hesketh

Little Boots: Victoria Hesketh

Little Boots: Victoria Hesketh

Blackpool's budding pop queen is back with her second album after a moderately successful debut that staked her claim for electro pop greatness.

Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler and Tim Goldsworthy of UNKLE and LCD Soundsystem fame are all involved as key collaborators twisting the knobs.

So it's a real shame that Nocturnes is so boring.

The initial suspicion is that Victoria Hesketh, who wears those little boots, is trying to shamelessly ape Saint Etienne's Sarah Cracknall on the opening track and lead single Motorway.

Considering that Saint Etienne also had a hit in 1994 called Like A Motorway, you certainly can't accuse Victoria of not wearing her influences on her sleeve.

What follows is a watery mix of pop and house that goes nowhere. It sorely lacks proper pop hooks, or anything remotely interesting for the listener to latch onto.

At its very worst, the aptly named Broken Record sounds like one of those infuriating and ill-advised attempts at electro pop art that Madonna has churned out in recent years. Massively disappointing.

KEY TRACK Like a Motorway

Irish Independent