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With her first album, 2011's Perfectionist, singer Natalia Kills went from semi-obscurity as a British soap opera actress to fully-fledged pop stardom. That album positioned Kills as a would-be maverick in the vein of Lady Gaga and Ke$ha, with a bent toward Rihanna-esque good girl-gone-ad anthems. On her sophomore effort, 2013's Trouble, Kills is still the party girl with daddy issues and a sex-damaged swagger. Seemingly born out of a one night stand between HBO's Girls and and M.I.A.'s Tumblr account, Natalia Kills' music spews forth like a rainbow cat puke meme that cribs from any number of post-modern contemporary sources, from Courtney Love's "girl with the most cake" tiara, to Grimes' ironic girl-gang posturing, to Gwen Stefani's appropriation of Japanese Harajuku Girl subculture. Kills is the blase gangsta princess delivering her inflammatory lines with a Lolita-esque insouciance that registers somewhere between bored Mall goth and psycho-sexual cheerleader. Which basically means that, while Kills isn't that far off from the P!nks and Lady Gagas of the world, she has enough of her own personality to keep your attention. One minute, as on "Stop Me," she's Trent Reznor's snotty little sister cooing, "We could do some damage, fuck me in the Paris lights," and putting on her high heels so that "she's closer to God." The next minute, as on "Boys Don't Cry," she's pleading, "I'll be yours tonight, but don't hold me too tight." It's a dance-pop pantomime that artists have been trying to pull off ever since Madonna sang about a sexual experience so revelatory it gave her back her virginity. However it should be mentioned that in the era of Ke$ha, Nikki Minaj, and Lady Gaga, when iconoclast status is the norm among female pop stars, the concept behind performers like Kills can start to feel a little facile, sometimes even bordering on repetitive. Suffice to say, it's hard to define what exactly qualifies as impressive in this arena of pop music; it's mostly a question of what hooks you and what doesn't. And as Kills raps on "Controversy," "Drink the Kool-Aid. Don't drink the Kool-Aid."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2013
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537501892
catalogNumber: 001907502
Rank: 60001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Natalia Kills   Primary Artist
Jimmy Messer   Guitar
Jeff Bhasker   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Emile Haynie   Keyboards
Danielle Haim   Guitar

Technical Credits

Martin Kierszenbaum   Management
Jimmy Messer   Engineer
Kam Sangha   Producer
Stephanie Hsu   Creation
Pawel Sek   Engineer
Jeff Bhasker   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Tomoko Itoki   Marketing Coordinator
Tyler Johnson   Engineer
Scott Enright   Management
Emile Haynie   Composer,Programming,Producer,Additional Production
Katie Robinson   Marketing Coordinator
Natalia Kills   Composer
James Lemkin   Marketing
Christine Wolff   Publicity
Jason Kawejsza   Music Business Affairs
Samantha Tripses   Marketing Coordinator
Rob Suchecki   Engineer
Mike WiLL Made It   Programming
Sky Montique   Composer
Guillaume Doubet   Composer,Programming,Producer,Additional Production
Glass John   Composer,Programming,Producer,Additional Production
Sarah Shlumberger   Art Direction
Jen Waris   Marketing Coordinator
G   Art Direction,Portrait Photography

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Trouble 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed her debut album, but this is much more personal.  It's a well crafted album.