Announcing a new Meetup for Atlanta Live Alt/Rock Music!
What: Little Boots @ Masquerade
When: Thursday, April 22,[masked]:00 PM
695 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
With her departure from Dead Disco in August 2007, Hesketh decided to begin a new solo career in pop. Returning to her parents' house Hesketh began to record various covers of pop songs by artists which included Girls Aloud, Wham! and Miley Cyrus and posted them on social networking websites YouTube and MySpace.
Within a year she had narrowed down a list of her songs to create an album and by getting in touch with Greg Kurstin, with whom she had previously worked with while at Dead Disco, Hesketh started production on her debut album Hands. In early 2008 she began using the stage name Little Boots. Hands was recorded in Los Angeles with Greg Kurstin and Joe Goddard, and by January 2009 she had begun to compile the album's track listings. During this period Hesketh topped the BBC Sound of 2009 poll ahead of the likes of White Lies, Florence and the Machine and Empire of the Sun, leading to surge of media attention regarding her then-yet-to-be-released album.
Hands was released on 8 June 2009. A limited edition 12-inch vinyl of the album was also released on 10 June, which was limited to 1000 copies. The album peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and has produced the top twenty hit "New in Town" and top ten hit "Remedy". The album is also doing well in Europe and Japan.
Critical response to the album was generally favourable, generating a score of 70 on Metacritic. In a review for MusicOMH.com, Michael Cragg called it "a well-crafted, glorious pop record." ClashMusic.com reviewer Joe Zadeh disagreed, writing that the album "falls victim to attempts to reach beyond more boundaries than necessary, and thus ironically loses the concentration of the more earnest listener." David Renshaw of Gigwise.com described Hands as "a big pop album" that "rival
Lady Gaga, Girls Aloud or Lily Allen." Ben Thompson of The Guardian wrote that the album's production was "diverse" and called the song "Symmetry", a duet with Philip Oakey, a "joyous cross-generational head-to-head." NME reviewer Emily Mackay wrote that "Little Boots gives us an inspiring story of self-realization" and called the album "brilliant." Pete Paphides of The Times named "Stuck on Repeat" the album's "best moment" due to its "exquisite vulnerability." Hesketh was also nominated for BRIT critics choice in 2009. Little Boots was on Esquire magazine's list of sixty "Brilliant Brits 2009". Little Boots was named a 2009 artist to watch by American publication Rolling Stone.
Hesketh collaborated with illustrator/artist Chrissie Abbott for the artwork of the album. The artwork for the album has been compared to Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon because of its geometric design and fairytale imagery..
The album is scheduled to be released in the United States on 2 March, 2010.
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