Brace yourself. Cause there's not gonna be another album this year more meticulously crafted for radio than Katy Perry's Prism.
I don't want you to confuse that as a compliment or a dig, it's a simple fact. With Teenage Dream selling over 5,000,000 copies worldwide, Katy also became the first female artist ever to have 5 US #1 singles from the same album. It's obvious that little feat has been put into play within every aspect of Prism, beginning with (the horribly overrated) lead single 'Roar' - a cliché and vapid dud track that seems to be putting the pop world in a sugar coma.
Her strive for pop domination is apparent throughout the whole LP. 'Birthday' is laced with confectionery based innuendos ("make it like your birthday every day, I know you like it sweet, so you can have your cake, give you something good to celebrate") to which Katy Perry has never sounded more like Katy Perry. 'Legendary Lovers', 'Ghost' and 'Walking On Air' are certain to be cemented into your cranium on a first listen, whether you like it or not. 'Dark Horse' is a tad disappointing, as it's one beat drop away from being a decent song, but it's 'International Smile' that will needle pierce your eardrums, as Perry channels (or rip's off - your decision) the signature sounds of Daft Punk two thirds of the way through.
Party Perry is met with equal force by Pensive Perry, as mid-tempo's and ballads play a part just as vital as Prism's upbeat dance tracks. 'Love Me', 'This Moment' and 'Double Rainbow' aren't the easiest to differentiate from one another, and 'Unconditionally' inspired by Katy's boo, John Mayer offers ...well, nothing.
All together it sounds and feels like a group of standalone singles from producer Dr. Luke's catalogue. The frequent collaborator with Perry as well as songwriter Bonnie McKee should explain why so many songs within Katy's discography sound so similar. Catchier than chlamydia, Prism is definitely one for fans of her previous album as well as those in love with Katy's sickeningly sweet candy shtick.
Key Tracks: 'Legendary Lovers', 'Dark Horse' 'This Is How We Do'