Little Boots – Hands (8/10)

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Like a thinking punter’s Lady Gaga (and that’s not supposed to be a backhanded compliment), Little Boots packs her debut album with technically-titled dance pop gems like Mathematics, Tune Into My Heart, and Symmetry (on which Phil Oakey appears, passing his synth pop torch to the next generation).

Some of the more transparent plays at chart-busting Madonnaism (Remedy) get a little cloying, but the album is redeemed by the few tracks on which Ms Boots pushes the boundaries a little (Ghosts), and by the faultless pop sheen of tracks like New In Town and (the once-ubiquitous) Stuck On Repeat.

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