- Summary: The second release for the British electro-pop singer Victoria Hesketh as Little Boots was produced by Tim Goldsworthy with contributions from Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair and James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco.
- Record Label: On Repeat Records
- Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Club/Dance
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UncutMay 2, 2013Too many of these frictionless Eurodisco makeweights only prove that great, urgent, heart-tugging electro-pop is easy to stimulate but difficult to pull off successfully. [Jun 2013, p.75]
Alternative PressMay 2, 2013The second half of the album loses momentum due to the overly long, soggy pop of "Crescendo" and "Strangers," although Nocturnes recovers nicely on the flawless synth-pop jam "All For You," where Hesketh shows off her dramatic, emotive vocals. [Jun 2013, p.98
May 7, 2013Hesketh's shrewd choice of collaborators is often squandered on rather rudimentary song structures and lyrical ideas. That doesn't make Nocturnes any less enjoyable of a dance-pop album, but it's ultimately what will keep Little Boots from becoming the next Madonna, or the next Robyn for that matter.
Q MagazineMay 13, 2013Choruses fizzle, lyrics fail to engage and every song is at least a minute too long. [Jun 2013, p.102]
May 16, 2013This is a such great album, even better than her debut "hands". Nocturnes shows a Little Boots more mature and full of experiences in clubs.This is a such great album, even better than her debut "hands". Nocturnes shows a Little Boots more mature and full of experiences in clubs. Her experience as a dj is involved throughout the 10 tracks. besides creating hooks and pop songs creates a dance floor to be removed only shaking it.… Expand
Aug 23, 2013I like this album, but Hands is slightly better in my opinion. In Nocturnes LB has seeked influence from seventies disco and house-music. II like this album, but Hands is slightly better in my opinion. In Nocturnes LB has seeked influence from seventies disco and house-music. I like all the songs, but my personal favourites are; Every Night I Say A Prayer, Broken Record, Motorway, Crescendo and All For You.… Expand
Dec 3, 2013A decent effort for her sophomore release. The aspects of disco mixed in with electronic music was an interesting premise but it doesn't pushA decent effort for her sophomore release. The aspects of disco mixed in with electronic music was an interesting premise but it doesn't push as much as it probably should have. Download: Broken Record, Satellite, Shake.… Expand
May 7, 2013Some song really sound DIY, others sound just so over-done. The synths in every song are amazing.
The only thing I could say against thisSome song really sound DIY, others sound just so over-done. The synths in every song are amazing.
The only thing I could say against this album is that Little Boots sometimes sounds like the lyrics doesn't mean anything, kinda emotion-less. I guess that's just how she sings. But that's what takes the magic off it for me. I'd like to hear her moaning over the love she lost or just gleeful on the dance-floor.
But anyway this is an superb album, and will get stuck in your head for sure.… Expand
May 19, 2013Little Boot’s first album was released way back in 2013. To have a five year gap between first and second albums for a pop artists is a longLittle Boot’s first album was released way back in 2013. To have a five year gap between first and second albums for a pop artists is a long period. Her first album, had it’s moments, but it just felt like it got worse over repeat listens. However, I was excited to see a new album, to see which avenues of pop she would venture down; she goes down none whatsoever.
Every track is over four minuets apart from “Every Night I Say A Prayer”. Nocturnes is more of a dance album than anything taking inspiration from eras of Electronic music gone by to create an unattractive mix of Disco/House and soft Electro. I can’t get a hold on this album, at all. The album begins with “Motorway”, which is nice, but why open with that? Maybe it’s a new beginning, I just don’t know. The album doesn’t do anything for me. It goes on and on and on. Don’t get me wrong, Daft Punk have done similar Disco sounding tracks, just look at Discovery, and I love Daft Punk, but Little Boots doesn’t handle it well. She handles 80′s synth pop with layers of possibly modern dance.
This album doesn’t suit her, it feels out of place. I didn’t actually want to go back for a second listen, I had to force myself, because whilst it can be nice at some point, even catchy on songs like “Satellite”, I can’t tell if it’s good music, or just annoying.
I did happen to enjoy one song, “Crescendo”. But the song actually reminds me a lot of a song by Selena Gomez and the Scene featuring Pixie Lott, not exactly the zenith of pop music, but nevertheless, it’s enjoyable. The album from “Crescendo” onwards is easier to enjoy, but track nine “All For You” feel limp, and a closer at that. I was surprised to hear another track to finish the album off, it just wouldn’t end.
Overall, there may be something for you in this album. It does have it’s warmer elements where it doesn’t try to hard, where it can become enjoyable, but there is little substance here, I feel like you can just hold on and stay sane.… Expand
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