Hmmm....Welcome to the listening world Natalia Kills (aka Brit
singer/songwriter Natalia Keery-Fisher). 'Perfectionist' is a
chirpy debut which will doubtless please aficionados of Ms Perry
and (perhaps even) Ms Germanotta. Ms Kills has gathered some
powerful friends around her to help bring this project to life;
a dance-friendly amalgam of fruity power-pop replete with strong
tunes and sing-along choruses. Our hostess doesn't have the most
distinctive voice on the planet but this should not trouble us
unduly as the material is strong enough to support her limitations.
There are fourteen songs and a brief introduction in the set; a
generous portion which, however, manages not to overstay its welcome.
There is more than enough variety in the collection to keep us engaged
and entertained from top to tail. With the likes of Martin "Cherry
Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum, Bhasker, Feemster and even, momentarily,
Mr Akon in charge of production it might have turned out to be a bit
of a dog's dinner (too many cooks etc) but the recording displays
a surprising degree of sonic coherence. Although the arrangements are
largely formulaic the sound has been carefully constructed to conform
to the current electro-pop Zeitgeist. Not ground-breaking but worthy.
Top tracks include : the infectiously boyant 'Free' (featuring Mr will.i.am
- who seems to be absolutely everywhere at the moment doesn't he!);
the wonderfully mordant 'Kill My Boyfriend', which would sit well within
Gwen Stefani's repertoire; 'Not In Love', a serious-hearted, mid-tempo
stomper, sporting a nifty verse/chorus transition and the splendidly
rousing 'Heaven', with its skittering beats and simply lovely melody.
On the debit side I could have done without the Auto-Tune vocal treatment
on 'Zombie' (enough already with the contraption!); the Gaga-lite
machinations of 'Mirrors' and 'Superficial' and the somewhat laboured
middle-of-the-road cliches of 'Broke'. 'Acid Annie', however, is a real
corker which allows Ms Kills to strut her stuff with feisty panache and
redeems the album's few shortcomings. Mrs Wolf is particularly fond of it!
All-in-all a fine first showing which may well give Ms Kills a well-deserved
shot at the main chance if her efforts are not overshadowed by her
obvious arch-competitors in the genre. Her star may, indeed, shine brightly!