With her last album dropping seven years ago, Victoria Hesketh’s journey under the Little Boots banner has been one of infrequent, yet ever-changing fashion since landing accolades with ‘Hands’ back in 2009. The clash of disco and electronica that topped tastemaker charts just over a decade ago remains a mainstay of the Blackpool native’s work, a growing latitude seen on her previous two records finding space to unfold on ‘Tomorrow’s Yesterdays’. The glitterball glow of ‘Silver Balloons’ and Moloko-leaning ‘Landline’ capture this enduring flex, nudging alongside the 80s pop-nodding ‘Crying On The Inside’ and ‘Out Out’ - relying on the electro bombast that helped garner early acclaim. Chic-esque tones dominate on the club-ready ‘Heavenly’, a ‘70s dancefloor banger that aligns with her involvement in the upcoming ABBA live production. Victoria zeros in on a happy medium state between the ‘90s house tendencies of ‘Working Girl’ and the straight-up synth-pop of her breakthrough years, finding strength in the Saint Etienne-riffing ‘Nothing Ever Changes’ - eclipsing the muzak-framed pace of ‘Deborah’ and a conspicuously low-key title track. Little Boots is perhaps at her most relaxed on her latest, dipping between moods with a devil-may-care nostalgia that delivers on its sequin-glinting, platform-shoed modus operandi.
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