Katy Perry – Prism

November 12, 2013 at 3:13 PM | Posted in Katy Perry | Leave a comment

Katy Perry – Prism

1. Roar
2. Legendary Lovers
3. Birthday
4. Walking On Air
5. Unconditionally
6. Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)7. This Is How We Do
8. International Smile
9. Ghost
10. Love Me
11. This Moment
12. Double Rainbow
13. By The Grace Of God
14. Spiritual
15. It Takes Two
16. Choose Your Battles

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Prism is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry, released on October 18, 2013. The album peaked at #1 on the British and Irish charts and received generally positive reviews from music critics.

Love this photoshoot, really. Also, I adore Roar like crazy. This is an amazing empowerment anthem about standing up for oneself, filled with strong percussion and synths. I love how this song is a combination of power pop and multiple types of rock music, like arena rock. It all fits perfectly together, with Katy’s strong vocals as the cherry on top. I hear you roar, girl!

Legendary Lovers is probably one of Katy’s most original songs to date, starting off slowly but then developing into a bhangra-driven creation with matching lyrics about karma and infinity. The bridge really brings in that exotic Bollywood kind of feel that was missing in the first half of the song, but when it’s there it’s all finally complete. It’s so cool to hear Katy tackle a song like this!

In her own words, Katy describes Birthday as ‘something Mariah Carey would’ve put on her first record’. She couldn’t have been more right, this reall IS Katy going all Mariah on us. The oldschool and funky 90s Mariah, that is. A song with the name ‘Birthday’ has to be a happy song, and this definitely lives up to the expectations. I love the little brassy influences in the background, this song is some celebration alright.

The fourth song in a row with its own distinctive style: Walking On Air shows off Katy’s take on 90s Eurodance and deep house music and this really takes me back into the 90s. Katy did it again, creating a club banger that can’t be forgotten because of its extremely catchy vibe. I’d like to give her some extra credits for her solid and energetic vocals, she really captures the uplifting spirit of the song with her voice.

Unconditionally is the second single off the album and it’s about unconditional love in all its forms. Wow, that’s deep. Anyway, this is Katy’s personal favorite and I totally see why. It’s not a ballad and yet it’s also not an uptempo song, it’s like this song combines both of these elements in one. Musically, it’s the perfect follow-up for Roar because of its clear power pop ambience, combined with some minor rock and electronic elements. Perfect as the second single.

Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) shows off yet another side of Katy, a very dark and sleazy side that is. Because Juicy J is involved, this track is heavily influenced by hiphop and grime with just a bit of techno (that’s some original stuff, right?). Both Katy and Juicy J both find their way perfectly into this track, working together and not outperforming each other so there’s a perfect balance in everything. I always wanted to hear Katy do a deep hiphop track and I finally had my wish!

Damn, This Is How We Do really caught my attention! Flowing smoothly out of the smooth vibe that Dark Horse had, this is another hiphop influenced pop track with a lot of synths to dance to. It’s like a summer song released way too late, so hopefully this one returns in the Summer of 2014 to slay everything. Being a kind of 80s throwback song, ofcourse I had to adore this club banger. Repeat please!

At first I thought International Smile was a bit more generic and typical Katy Perry song, but boy was I wrong. Ofcourse, this song is destined to be played numerous times on the dancefloors, but Katy made it funky. Fun fact,:in the bridge there is this kind of vocoder breakdown that made me think of Daft Punk very much, so cool. Katy can throw this infectuous stuff on me anytime.

Ghost tones everything down for a moment as the somber ballad on the album. It’s midtempo so there’s still a sense of energy here, but the strings in the background emphasize the emotional side of the song very well. Katy uses just the right amount of emotion in her vocals, not oversinging a single line of the clever lyrics.

This next song has a very appealing theme, loving yourself the way you want to be loved. The lyrics for Love Me might be a bit somber, but the music is energetic and so there’s also something hopeful about it. That is exactly what makes this song an interesting combination of different factors, this is such a good typical Katy song. It needs some time, but then I really dig this song.

After two darker songs, This Moment is the next midtempo song that has an interesting arrangement. With pop as the starting point, a piano, deep synths and bass are added to give it a more danceable twist. Just like Love Me, this song needed a little more time to really interest me for the full 100%, but then it really got to me and I could see the extremely catchy patterns in the song.

Double Rainbow brings out the Kelly Clarkson in Katy, and I can’t do anything else than just sit here and listen, completely mesmerized. It’s a lovely, breathy love song with that amazing echo quality I like so much in these kinds of songs. The song has very intimate moments, while the chorus has a little more power to it that just explodes right from the start. Everything stays perfectly simple and beautiful here, just what the album needed.

Please don’t let me cry, since By The Grace Of God deals directly with Katy’s depression after her divorce from Russell Brand. This song is about picking yourself up after a breakup, so yes, I feel it now. This is Katy at her most vulnerable, especially in the bridge when she sings in her head voice. The emotion just builds up at that moment, it’s choking me up completely. ‘I put one foot in front of the other and looked in the mirror and decided to stay // Wasn’t gonna let love take me out that way.’ I have found my all-time favorite Katy Perry song, period.

Moving into the album’s bonus tracks! Spiritual might be a bit of a religious track, especially for Katy, it’s filled with hope and joy. Even the music has a very angelic feel to it, keeping everything light and breezy. Katy’s vocals fit in perfectly, using her head voice in her typical crystal clear way. This is a perfect track after By The Grace Of God and perfect as a bonus track on the album.

It Takes Two has the perfect lyrics, very straightforward and I think anyone can relate to this. It’s like a toned down version of Roar when it comes to the music, very appealing and strong and unique in its own way despite the obvious comparisons. Katy’s vocals are top notch, the best part of the entire song. I can’t seem to think of more ways to praise this song, even if it’s just a bonus track!

Choose Your Battles closes the album with military drums to fit the title. At first I was afraid that it would sound like Christina Aguilera’s  ‘Cease Fire’, but when I come to think of it, that song sounded much stronger as a battle song than this one. Nothing against Katy ofcourse, she perfectly shows off angry and solid vocals against a tensive background music. When compared to all the other tracks I like this one the least, but still it is a very cool song!

Gee, Katy, ARE YOU KIDDING ME. This is probably the most perfect album of 2013, I never expected this to happen! I always love it when an artist discovers as many different genres as possible on an album, and Katy did just that. Power pop, techno, bhangra, grime, 90s and 80s, it’s all on Prism. I always thought Katy was stuck like glue to electropop songs, especially on her album ‘Teenage Dream’, but she blossomed and apparently decided to show more sides of herself (and that includes her vulnerable and most personal side too). This album shows where she stands in her life now and where she has been, the perfect compilation of what she really is about. Just like I did with Christina Aguilera’s ‘Lotus’ in 2012, I’m gonna put Katy’s ‘Prism‘ on repeat for the rest of the month, enough said ❤

Favorite tracks: Roar | Legendary Lovers | Birthday | Walking On Air | Unconditionally | Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) | This Is How We Do | International Smile | Ghost | Love Me | This Moment | Double Rainbow | By The Grace Of God | Spiritual | It Takes Two

5 stars


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