The album opens with ‘Television’, a track which stays true to the Natalia Kills hit formula that is expressed on debut offering ‘Perfectionist’, and the juxtaposition of the instrumental is reminiscent of the previous single ‘Kill My Boyfriend’, something which is also portrayed on album track ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. ‘Television’ is followed by ‘Problem’ which acts as the lead single of this era. ‘Problem’ is also similarly sounding to earlier Natalia Kills work and would easily fit on to her 2011 debut.
Showing that she’s not a one trick pony, Kills also shows that she can hold her own on a simple, slow song. Stand out ballads on this album come in the form of ‘Stop Me’ and ‘Saturday Night’, the second single from this album. Slow tracks also featured are ‘Devils Don’t Fly’ – a song which could be mistaken for one of Lana Del Rey’s – and ‘Malboro Lights’, a beautiful song which has some true heartbreak stories hidden within the lyrics which, like every track on the album, were penned by Kills herself.
Mid-tempo, R’n’B infused songs also feature on the album, showing a real mix in Kills’ talents in the form of ‘Watching You’ and the US iTunes single of the week ‘Outta Time’. The big R’n’B tune of the LP, however, is ‘Controversy’. The buzz single that was released in late 2012 is literally dripping with unusual beats whilst Natalia lists things that she hates, making it the perfect interlude before the last quarter of the album.
There also a couple of stonking pop tracks on the album which lift the mood of the album up significantly, and showcase why ‘Trouble’ is being named as one of the best albums of 2013. ‘Daddy’s Girl’ – a song which also has a hint of country in it – samples ‘Rich Girl’, a track released in the 1970s by male duo Hall & Oates. The second pop hit on the album is ‘Rabbit Hole’, a song about love which expresses some of Natalia Kills’ typical lyrical focus – love, drugs, prison and (as stated a lot in this track) sex.
The album’s title track is the last to feature. ‘Trouble’ is similar to ‘Television’ and ‘Problem’ which feature at the start of the album in the sense that it sounds a lot like something you would find on the album’s predecessor.
‘Trouble’ is released in the UK next Tuesday. Check out the music video for ‘Problem’ below: