'PRISM' appeals to loyal Katy Perry fans
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 23:10
I’m comfortable enough in my masculinity to admit that I love Katy Perry. She’s an extremely talented singer/songwriter, and I will boogey with the best of them whenever her songs come on. Needless to say, I was quite excited when her newest album, “Prism” was released earlier this week.
The album features 16 songs, including her recently released hit single “Roar” leading the pack. It’s no wonder why either, as it’s probably the best track on the album.
Overall, her choice of songs are pretty diverse, although there is definitely a heavy leaning towards the romantic aspect of Perry’s personality, with over half of the songs on the album focusing, in some way, on love and heartbreak. This isn’t really too surprising though, considering she was going through a nasty divorce with Russell Brand while writing the album.
Her pain is quite evident in songs like “It Takes Two,” “Double Rainbow,” and “Unconditionally,” but it seems as though she will overcome it in powerful tunes like
“Roar,” “By the Grace of God,” “Spiritual” and ‘Dark Horse’.
Other than these, it’s pretty much standard Katy Perry fare, including “This Is How We Do” which will likely be the party anthem of 2014, ‘International Smile’ a song about how fun it is to be famous and travel the world, and ‘Legendary Lovers’ which is more or less a standard teenage love tune.
The best thing about this album is that there’s not nearly as much remixing as there has been in some of Perry’s earlier work, like “Teenage Dream.” As a result, her voice really shines through, and it is fabulous. Even if you’re not a fan of her work, it’s hard to deny that Perry’s voice is anything but beautiful and harmonious.
One thing I had hoped was that this album would be a bit more innovative. There were no songs like “Firework” from “Teenage Dream” that really stuck out as different from the rest of the music world.
And of course, no review of Katy Perry’s work could go without acknowledging the rampant sexual innuendo present in nearly all of her work, but I think that’s one of the reasons we love Katy Perry. She doesn’t dance around the kind of stuff that, frankly, most teenagers are either participating in, or intensely curious about. She doesn’t pull any punches, so to say, like a lot of other singers these days. This is especially prevalent in “Dark Horse,” which to me seemed almost like an anthem celebrating S&M and control.
So overall, this is a great album, but it’s a lot more of the same stuff we’ve come to expect from Katy Perry. If you’re already a Katy Perry fan, this album will obviously be a must-own for you. To anyone who isn’t a fan yet, you can probably give this one a miss and just pick up “Teenage Dream” instead. The experience will be pretty equivalent.