Kim Petras Makes Her Big Move

Kim Petras makes her big move it hey has taken Kim Petra’s 15 years to get a debut album out. In the interim, the German singer songwriter’s steady rise has made her one to watch among pop artists. Her Era One singles, released from 2017 to 2019, were a cool homage to Fizzy 2000s bubblegum, and her pair of Halloween themed mixtapes were edgy spooky fun.

Early this year, Petras became the first trans artist to have a number one hit with her Sam Smith collaboration, Unholy. But the journey to feed the Beast hasn’t been all champagne and glitter. Her continued work with Dr. Luke has been troublesome to many music fans due to accusations of sexual assault and abuse that kept them producer locked in a long running legal battle with Keisha, which just settled out of court this week.

Then, after signing to a major label in 2021, Petra’s original debut album Problematic, was scrapped entirely and eventually leaked. Petra’s has described her new release as her most personal work to date, a project forsaking the characters she embodied on her Turn Off the Lights Halloween projects, or even last year’s slut pop EP.

But somehow this album feels like we’ve gotten even further from who Petra’s is, creatively losing the weird magnetism and spark that made her past eras feel so fun and against the grain.

Largely, Petra’s new material seems heavily inspired by 90s house and Europop lead single Alone, featuring a surprisingly low energy Nicki Minaj guest verse samples Alice DJ’s 1999 hit Better Off Alone, adding unnecessary trap high hats into the mix. Much of the album is comprised of similarly cheap ploys for radio and TikTok Play, making the often trendsetting Petras a copy of many copies.

Tracks like King of Hearts and Claws sound like an onslaught of overpriced vodka sodas, watered down and indiscernible from the next one. It’s not all bad news coconuts, released last year, is still a sunshiny BOP.

Revelations features a steely bit of 80s guitar and a chorus that feels like a nod to her spooky pop history. While most of the psalms are extremely horny, sex Talk and Hit from the Back are the sexiest of the sex. Psalms commendable for their directness and sense of humor. Minute exudes some of that vulnerability Petra’s promised from the album.

It’s a straightforward, yearning love song about wanting someone to stay just a little longer. Meanwhile, Uh Oh is a classic Petra’s party track. She sings Everything I Drop is a banger on the chorus, which is true of a song but falls flat when thinking of the rest of the album. Of course, even the weaker songs have their dance floor potential.

Petra’s is, above all else, a pure fan of pop music and the feeling it exudes. But in chasing her new status as the type of pop star who has top 40 potential, she have abandoned the freakishly, forward thinking personality that built her a vase to begin with. Here, the Beast has been tamed. Let’s hope it doesn’t stay subdued much longer.

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