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Natalia Kills - Perfectionist [Album]

Natalia Kills - Perfectionist [Album]

Interscope/CherryTree

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Last Edited by: Jack Stovin October 1st, 2011.

25 year old Natalia Keery Fisher, or as I like to call her the artist formerly known as Verbalicious, has been around the block a few times under various aliases but has finally settled on the name Natalia Kills for her current stab at fame. Kills is a self-made pop star who doesn’t take kindly to the many comparisons to Lady Gaga she gets stating “Gaga is the most popular artist at the moment, but we don’t know what’s going to happen in the next three years,”. After being taken under Will.i.am’s wing and signing to Cherry Tree Records Kills releases her debut album Perfectionist. It is the sound of a young woman announcing her arrival and declaring who she is. The trouble is she doesn’t seem to know, and neither do I.

The title track ‘Perfectionist’ deals with societies quest to be perfect and the lengths we go to in order to achieve perfection. It is just one of many themes that Natalia explores across the records ten dark electro pop tracks. Violence, sex, revenge, power, and fantasy are among the others. ‘Acid Annie’ is a tale of getting back at a cheating ex-lover and one of the albums highpoints although her excessive use of the F word are unnecessary and come off as a forced attempt to be edgy or controversial.
Despite Kills not liking the comparisons to Lady Gaga and Rihanna they are hard to ignore, you can’t help thinking the aforementioned artists would pull these tracks off more convincingly. There is an air of pretension around Natalia Kills that leaves the listener with a bad taste in their mouths.



Kills has also said that she does not care if people find her track’ If I was God’ blasphemous, she needn’t worry about that as listeners will be struggling to stay awake through it. 'Zombie' and previous single 'Mirrors' are enjoyable and the instrumentation gives them an eerie gothic feel, however uninspiring lyrics let them down. They show promise though, a glimpse into what Kills could be if her ideas were better executed.
On the whole the album is disappointing there is a lack of focus and a sense that Kills may not be as in control of her music as she thinks she is or claims to be. You’d be forgiven for not realising that she is actually from Bradford as the album has a distinct American sound that Natalia often gets lost in. The production is mostly helmed by Jeff Bhasker the man behind Kanye West’s 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,' Martin "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum who has worked with Lady Gaga and Fernando Garibay who has produced for Britney Spears.



It seems that Kills may be at her strongest as a visual artist as things make more sense when her ideas are brought to life as the disturbing videos for 'Zombie' and 'Mirrors' demonstrate. There is potential here but it seems like Natalia Keery Fisher can’t quite pull off being Natalia Kills, it’s too big for her. It will be interesting to see how successful she is this time around and if she’ll return as another incarnation in the future.

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