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Kim Petras “Feed The Beast” Album Review

Feed The Beast

Kim Petras

  • Genre: Pop
  • Date: 23 Jun, 2023
  • Content: cleaned
  • Track(s): 15
  • ℗ 2023 Amigo Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Kim Petras &Quot;Feed The Beast&Quot; Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, September 23, 2023

Blink, and You’ll miss it -Kim Petras has been working on her first album for 15 years. In the interim, the German singer-songwriter has established herself as a pop star to watch: Her “Era 1” tracks, which were released between 2017 and 2019, paid a remarkable homage to the bubbly 2000s bubblegum, and her two mixtapes with a Halloween theme were edgy, spooky fun. Petras made history earlier this year when her Sam Smith collaboration, “Unholy,” became her the first trans artist to achieve a Number One hit.

But it hasn’t all been champagne and glitz on the road to “Feed the Beast.” Due to allegations of sexual assault and abuse that kept the producer locked in a protracted legal battle with Kesha, which just recently settled out of court last week, her continued work with Dr. Luke has caused concern for many music fans. Then, “Problematique,” Petras’ initial debut album, was completely abandoned after joining a major label in 2021 and eventually leaked. Petras has referred to her most recent release as her most “personal” work to date, abandoning the personas she assumed for her “Turn Off the Lights” Halloween efforts or even her “Slut Pop” EP from the previous year. However, this album makes it seem like we’ve moved further away from Petras’ artistic identity, losing the peculiar fascination and spark that made her earlier work feel so refreshing and out of the ordinary.

Album Art

Kim Petras &Quot;Feed The Beast&Quot; Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, September 23, 2023

The Album art screams “erotica!” and features the bold -and naked- Kim Petras bound by chains as she uses her hair as disguise and covering. There isn’t much to say as it is hidden in plain sight. The image alone tells the listener that there’s a lot of “sexiness” to be heard on the 15-track listening journey.

Tracks And Features

Most of Petras’ new music appears to be primarily influenced by Europop and Nineties house. The album’s lead song, “Alone,” borrows Alice Deejay’s 1999 smash “Better Off Alone” and adds unneeded trap hi-hats. Nicki Minaj contributes a disappointingly low-energy guest verse. Most of the album comprises comparable subpar attempts to gain radio and TikTok play, turning the frequently trend-setting Petras into a copy of many copies. Songs like “King of Hearts” and “Claws” have the same watered-down, indiscriminate sound as a barrage of expensive vodka sodas.

The good news is that “Coconuts,” released last year, is still a happy song. A steely Eighties guitar riff and a chorus on “Revelations” refer to her spooky-pop past. Although all of the songs are pretty sexy, “Sex Talk” and “Hit It From the Back” are the sexiest sex songs, and they deserve praise for their honesty and sense of humor.

Some of the vulnerability Petras predicted from the album comes through in “Minute”: It’s a simplistic song of love that expresses a simple desire for someone to linger. “Uh Oh” is a traditional Petras party track, meanwhile. In the chorus, she says, “Everything I drop is a banger,” which is accurate for the song but untrue for the remainder of the album.

Of course, even mid-tunes can get people moving. Above all else, Petras is a true enthusiast of pop music and the energy it radiates. She gave up the extraordinarily forward-thinking mentality that gave her a base initially, though, as she pursued her new status as the kind of pop singer with possibilities for the Top 40. The Beast is subdued in this place. Fans can only hope that it won’t be quiet for too long.

Tracklist

NO TITLE ARTIST TIME
1 Feed The Beast Kim Petras 2:30
2 Alone Kim Petras & Nicki Minaj 3:05
3 King of Hearts Kim Petras 2:51
4 Thousand Pieces Kim Petras 2:23
5 uhoh Kim Petras 2:50
6 Revelations Kim Petras 2:50
7 BAIT (feat. BANKS) Kim Petras 2:35
8 Sex Talk Kim Petras 2:35
9 Hit It From The Back Kim Petras 2:28
10 Claws Kim Petras 3:13
11 Minute Kim Petras 3:05
12 Coconuts Kim Petras 2:48
13 Castle In The Sky Kim Petras 2:25
14 brrr Kim Petras 2:32
15 Unholy Sam Smith & Kim Petras 2:36

Album Summary

Feed the Beast’s iconic Dr. Luke co-wrote half of its songs, which may be noteworthy if the album had a more distinct personality—fizzy and opulent like “Clarity” or dumb to the point of genius like “Slut Pop.” However, “Feed the Beast” doesn’t require such an issue: It is a torrent of pure mid that is unlistenable on its terms. Why doesn’t it have the same shine as “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat, “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry, “Animal” by Kesha, or any of the other fantastic songs he’s co-written with Petras over the previous several years?

Petra’s fans from day one will argue that “Feed the Beas,t” and the type of musician Petras seem difficult to reconcile. Even on the tracks she put out when still a teenager like the Timbaland-meets-nightcored-Beach-House oddity “Die For You,” she came out as hungry and bold, going all out in her promised attempt to become a pop star. She is brilliant and humorous both in interviews and online, and she certainly has a knack for the subtly ironic writing that Twitter stans love. However, there is such a thing as seeking widespread fame too much, to the point where all your edges are lost.

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