Natalia Kills’ “Trouble”: Idolator Premiere

Today, Natalia Kills releases her second album Trouble — a cohesive, expertly crafted account of the troubled (sorry) chanteuse’s wily ways — and I’m excited to premiere the LP’s title track, “Trouble,” which is one of my favorite songs of the year.

The Jeff Bhasker-produced cut closes the album, and it’s not difficult to see why: As a statement of intent for her whole new sound, it’s as on-the-nose as they come. Soaring arena rock choirs of “Whoa”s frame Kills’ voice, which sounds raspier and more exhausted here than elsewhere on the record (in a great way). It twangs and aches, big stadium drums and a singalong hook.

On an album with some pretty wordy refrains, this is her simplest chorus: “Oh-oh-oh, I’m trouble, I’m trouble,” she sings. It may not be complicated, but melodically it’s as keen as they come. Trouble marks a whole new chapter for Kills, and this song in particular is absolutely ace.

Listen to the world premiere below, then buy Trouble, out September 3 on iTunes and September 10 in stores.

Natalia Kills — “Trouble”