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by JC Alvarez
Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Epic. That's just one way to describe Natalia Kills and her album "Trouble." Standing alone as one of the more unique pop albums of the season, the British import (born in the self-described unglamorous industrial town north of England) delivers on a rough-and-tumble blend of lyrical riffs that power through a syncopated electro-blend that kicks righteous ass. There's a controlled anger and madness that is undeniably intoxicating.

Whether Natalia Kills is revealing an autobiographical tone with songs like the rebelliously laden "Stop Me" or warning parents that she is indeed a "Problem," it's completely irrelevant. By the time she begins to coyly coo on the beat-happy "Boys Don't Cry" the listener will be hooked. If there are shades of past pop princesses interlacing along with these 13 tracks, it isn't long before Natalia Kills shatters expectations and stands uniquely on her own pedestal.

Having collaborated with producers Jeff Bhasker (the same producer that has teamed up with Kanye West and Jay Z) and Emile Haynie on this latest offering, Natalia Kills may have moved leaps and bounds beyond her premiere album 2011 album. "Perfectionist" may have been a healthy debut for the artist, but on this sophomore effort she's irrevocably cut her teeth. "Daddy's Girl" is a certain signature anthem that may define the spirit of "Trouble." It's by far one of the best tracks on the album.

There's a nostalgic feel in some of the tracks. Harking back to 60's acts like Ronnie Spector, but when the electronic pulse of "Controversy" begins to thump (thump! thump!) through the speakers, Natalia Kills delivers a late-night after hours club hump worthy of passing another hit of Molly! Sex drips from her mouth like an elixir...so take a big swig. Drink the Kool-Aid! Natalia Kills is "Trouble" worth getting into.

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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