Natalia Kills Saturday Night Artwork

Natalia Kills’ 2011 debut, Perfectionist, is underrated. It’s not without its flaws like the title suggests, and there’s a faint whiff of The Fame running through some parts, but the GaGa comparisons were ultimately overblown and clouded people’s judgement when it came to the actual music. Kills eventually put a nail through any lingering similarities to Mother Monster with follow-up singles like “Kill My Boyfriend” and “Problem,” cementing her own identity as a chilly fashionista with a penchant for aggressive pop music in the process. But every bad girl has a back story, and Natalia Kills is finally ready to share hers with the release of her most personal single to date, “Saturday Night.”

Kills’ is back with Perfectionist producer and fun. hitmaker Jeff Bhasker on this one, but you don’t need to read the credits to figure that out. All the Bhasker signatures can be heard, from the crashing drums to the blurry ’80s synthesizers, but none of it sounds derivative of any one specific song he’s crafted before in the way that something from Ryan Tedder or RedOne might.

“Saturday Night” is tight and radio-friendly without being too obvious about it, but Kills’ lyrics is where things truly shine. The 26-year-old paints a vivid picture of her younger self, from witnessing domestic violence at an early age (“Momma you’re beautiful tonight / movie star hair and that black eye“) to her own problematic teenage years (“Pills fall like diamonds from my purse / right out the hole in my fur coat / straight down the gutter goes my antidote to a broken girl“). Kills attempts to shake off the doom and gloom of reality each time the chorus rolls around, singing, “When I look up from the pavement / I know we’re gonna be just fine / and I’ll put on my dancing shoes real tight / cause it’s just another Saturday night,” which feels more like sad denial and desperation than some kind of hopeful, light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel sentiment, which is exactly what makes “Saturday Night” so powerful. Some of the lyrics can and will be seen as a little Lana Del Rey-ish (especially with the Twin Peaksy opening chord), but Kills’ own color is still there, and the relatable tragedy of her words remains very real.

If Natalia Kills is ever going to shake the haters off and make the move from blog star to pop star, then this is the song that’s going to do it.

Score: 4/5

  • Patrick Cigana

    So spot on with this review! glad to have you back!

  • Andrew Rod

    Is a really great song, very moody-slow-party type like tiop 40’s type of song but it really owns it’s own thing, Natalia so far is really stepping up on this album, this song really shows a diffent side of her, more personal and less egocentric and even it shows on her voice, it’s kinda hard first to know is her, is all different but good at the same time and even diffent somewhere familiar, really love this track.

  • Woñt☮n™

    I like the song a lot. It has all of the ingredients necessary for a summer smash without completely selling out (as you’ve stated). I’ve been vastly impressed with her so far this era, compared to the last. Part of me felt that she wouldn’t be able to top the material on “Perfectionist”, but thus far I’m hooked!!! Everything is on par. Though I really hope that Cherry Tree does much more to help her breakthrough to the masses. She definitely deserves to shine.

  • UncleFan

    I hope Natalia takes off her sunglasses for the video and shows us her soulful eyes for once!

  • G-sus Miguel Colon

    The problem with this song is the too much echo in the voice. It disturbs me so much

    • Driver Howard

      I love the echo. It’s very 80s!

  • Driver Howard

    I loved her first album but the new songs put it to shame. She’s amazing. That’s why she won’t do well on American radio.

  • Matheus Gouthier

    EPIC – PERFECT – FLAWLESS ! Single of the year

  • windowbluues

    I’ve been playing this song all day, I can totally relate to this side of miss kills


    Now THIS is an anthem.

  • KingBeaArthur

    Perfection! I loved “Kill My Boyfriend” but I never bothered to grab “Perfectionist” [definitely will soon]. “Saturday Night” has hooked me all over again.

  • carlos d