Katy Perry is back, following a sell out world tour, a hit movie and a divorce from funny man Russell Brand, with her new album ‘Prism’.
Initially it looked like she was determined to kill off the purple wigs to go all dark and heavy on this record. However, clearly she’s had a chat with Kelly Clarkson about the perils of such a move (‘My December’ anyone?). Thus ‘Prism’s mantra seems to be “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
It closely follows the formula of her last album ‘Teenage Dream’ and its sugar-soaked pop melodies with hints of camp and quirkiness.
Katy puts her best foot forward by opening with ‘Roar’. What an absolute corker that one is – the every man/woman’s anthem. Yes it’s a bit clichéd but so is many a good pop song.
Further along, ‘Birthday’ is begging for a Kathy Beth Terry (of ‘Last Friday Night’ glory) video clip whilst new single ‘Unconditionally’ sounds like a mix of ‘Firework’ and P!nk’s ‘Perfect’. Katy’s also not afraid of a good ’80s moment with songs like “Walking On Air’ and ‘International Smile’ combining the 80s, 90s and now (she must like her Mix FM in the morning).
‘Ghost’ and ‘By The Grace of God’ should satisfy those looking to Katy to soundtrack their breakup but the ballads towards the end of the album do not connect as strongly. ‘Love Me’, ‘This Moment’ and ‘Double Rainbow’ have none of the heart that made ‘Thinking of You’ or ‘Not Like The Movies’ so memorable. Don’t even get us started on the songs that made the deluxe edition! Whilst Katy is spoilt for single choices, the back end of the album lets the team down slightly.
Nevertheless, we suspect that that you’ll be hearing a lot of Katy Perry on your radio in the months to come.
‘Prism’ is released this Friday.