Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Katy Perry Album Review

Each week here at Glitter we're going to pick an artist of the week.  We then will review some of their music, tell you how you can get their fashion looks, and some make up and hair tips.  

This week's artist is Katy Perry, who had the biggest hit of this past summer.  Her newest album, "Teenage Dream", was the biggest selling album the week it debuted.  With hits like "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream", it will be an album to remember.

Here is Joelle's take:

When I heard Katy Perry's new album was coming out, I scrambled all over the net to see when I could get my hands on it.  Then when "California Gurls" came out, I got even more excited!  The collaboration with Snoop couldn't have been better.  But then... the most amazing thing ever happened.  Katy performed the song "Teenage Dream" at the Teen Choice Awards and I fell even more in love.  The song soon became my anthem and I listened to the song via You Tube on repeat until the CD came out.  I ordered the CD from Best Buy and the copy I got I paid five dollars extra for came with a pair of "Teenage Dream" boxer shorts.  Totally cute and totally Katy.  The exhilaration I got when I smelled the cotton candy CD and slipping it into my car's CD slot was overwhelming.  And the amazingness began... 

As usual, I did my listen-to-the-first-thirty-seconds-then-skip-to-the-next-song thing.  Then after, I listened to each song in full.  My favorites remain the same.  "Teenage Dream" will be my favorite from the album for a while.  It makes me think of the great feeling you get when you have a crush and they actually like you back, and you slowly get to know each other for the first time.  "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" is also another one of my favorites.  At first I thought, "Oh no, a Ke$ha wannabe song", but it definitely has a personality that is more Katy than Ke$ha.  I can imagine how she would play out this song in a video.  "E.T." was one that took me a few times before I liked it.  I can see in my mind a really sweet dance during the chorus of the song.  As far as the song I am not that into that would be "Peacock".  I get that she is trying to be cute by the sexual innuendos, but it's a little too much.  I don't care for songs that repeat words over and over.  Sorry Katy.

Overall, this is one of my favorite CDs of 2010.  Perfect getting ready to go out with girlfriends music!

Xoxo Joelle

Here is Ashley's take:

When I first heard of Katy Perry, Madonna was talking about her song "Ur So Gay" on a radio show based out of Arizona.  Out of nowhere Katy was pushed into the spotlight and what was so incredible was she had the creativity and the talent to warrant all the exposure.  Katy was a fresh face with spunk and sass and she soon showed the world that she was a talented songwriter and singer.

"One of the Boys", Katy's first album, was filled to the brim with funky lyrics that every single one of my friends could relate to.  She was edgy, talking about things like sexuality and how painful and fantastic love could be.  Her song "I Kissed A Girl" shot up the charts, followed by "Waking Up in Vegas" and "Hot n Cold".  

The masses immediately started to crave more of the wacky songstress.  When the first single off her sophomore album hit the radio, it was a sensation.  "California Gurls" was the tune of the summer, blaring from car stereos across the nation.  She followed it up with "Teenage Dream" a song equally as fun to listen to though it differed from the first single.

After listening to the rest of the album I have to say I was sadly disappointed.  On one track she titled "Circle the Drain" she is accusing her lover of having a serious addiction issues.  She sings "I'm not gonna stay and watch you circle the drain" but in another track called "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" she sings "I smell like a mini bar... and we took too many shots".  I find it hard to take her seriously when she sings about addictions and how they can damage a person and their future but then makes drinking and blacking out seem fun in the next track.  In my opinion she discredited the deep meaning behind "Circle the Drain".

Though "E.T" and "Last Friday Night" are decent songs, none of her other songs really have the quality of a good single and the 80's sounding horns in "Last Friday Night" reminiscent of Paula Abdul's hay day didn't do that track any favors.  "Peacock" is also another horrendous tune in where Katy literally tells her lover to show her his "Peacock" because "I'ma peace out if you don't give me the payoff".

Overall I feel that this album only proved the so called "sophomore album curse" that afflicts artists to be true.  It lacked the creativity that caused Katy's fans to embrace her in the first place.   All of her originality seemed hidden behind unimaginative lyrics and too many gimmicks.  

Peace & Love