Katy Perry
Teenage Dream


2.0
poor

Review

by musiclcritic911 USER (1 Reviews)
December 29th, 2010 | 27 replies | 4,907 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The future doesn't look bright for female pop singers...

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

When I first heard Katy Perry I admit she was catchy. Although “Hot n Cold” is a simple song it stays in your head for long periods of time. Curiously, I wanted to see what more this woman has to offer especially when she is currently being labelled as a“pop princess” by the mainstream music media. I wonder what is all the fuss about? However, from previous experience it is known that the mainstream media and I don’t agree on a large number of things. For example, Britney Spears was also regarded as a “pop princess” but was she more talented than Christina Aguilera? No she’s clearly not more talented vocally in my opinion but she sold more albums. Point is being “popular” doesn’t make an artist talented. This time they are making a bold emphasis on Mrs. Perry. So what’s the fuss?

The album starts off with three catchy songs. You have “Teenage Dream”, “Last Friday night” and “California Gurls”. The main problem in all these songs is a lack of singing. Katy Perry doesn’t have an annoying voice don’t get me wrong but this sounds like anybody singing in their shower. I don’t expect Aretha Franklin but I do expect some song melodies. Katy Perry's style consists of talking through an entire song but making quick stops in the song. For example, “You…. Make…. ME… Feel…. Like” DAMMIT Katy that’s not singing!

So what now? Fireworks which has a positive message and vibe throughout the song is a clear standout from the rest. The same problem (lack of singing) occurs here though. In the chorus she’s yelling and ends with “uh uh uh as we shoot across the sk- sk –sky… DAMMIT... sorry people but that’s just lazy singing. The song lost all my respect with lyrics like “boom boom boom, even brighter than the moon moon moon”. This is textbook evidence of lazy song writing.

“Peacock” and “Circle the Drain” represent the lowest points of the album. Repetitive lyrics but Katy has also captured an annoying voice here. The middle of the album should represent stability but these songs lose my interest completely. Circle the Drain sounds way to robotic and it sounds like a song Ke$ha would do. WHY KATY WHY???? GOD! My favourite song of the album is “the one that got away”. A nice easy simple piano riff does the magic here and she sounds genuine to me. Obviously it is generic but seeing Katy Perry actually trying to “sing” (finally!) to piano is refreshing. In addition to this, Katy does also try to “sing” in the song Pearl.

From this point onwards the album falls apart. She heads back towards this “talking through a song with break points” for the song “E.T”. and “what am I living For”. These two songs are not remember able in any way. In fact, I can hardly tell them apart because they are both… boring. Unlike “Teenage Dream” these songs aren’t catchy or have fun music to listen to.

Artists like Ke$ha and Katy Perry really have lowered the standards of singing for female singers. The songs Katy Perry is known for do not capture the essence of any vocal ability this girl has. In this respect, future generations of female singers will look to Katy’s “hits” and be influenced by “song talking”. This album is not worth buying if you’re interested in smooth vocals with song melodies that flow with the music. If you want interested in “song talking” this is your album… but hey you don’t need talent to sell these days.


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Tyrael
December 29th 2010



20866 Comments


Ooh baby you're fireworks!

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

LG
December 29th 2010



3049 Comments


I like Teenage Dream

8bit
December 29th 2010



3315 Comments


hnnnnng

omnipanzer
December 29th 2010



21446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Her acoustic appearances are really good. It's unfortunate she can't take that into the studio.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2010



9034 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Not sure why you call her singing "song talking" because it's clearly not.
I like Teenage Dream, but really nothing else on here

SCREAMorphine
December 29th 2010



1752 Comments


Snoop Dogggggggg
Good review

porch
December 29th 2010



8460 Comments


dumb review, especially the last paragraph

Enotron
December 29th 2010



7695 Comments


real bad review

i mean you have points, but you express them like a 12 year old who's angry with the state of pop music

tkxxx7
December 29th 2010



6153 Comments


I dislike the review as well.
She sings during a large portion of Firework's chorus, but you're very correct about the lyrics.

E.T. is arguably the best song here, and nowhere near forgettable.

musiclcritic911
December 29th 2010



4 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sorry if it seems like a bad review but it was a terrible album. It was my first review. To be honest, I said everything I wanted to and don't regret it. There is very little "singing" in this album to me. However, it depends on what you consider singing to be.

musiclcritic911
December 29th 2010



4 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pop singing has been revolutionized by the Beatles, MJ, and Frank Sinatra. I don't hate today's pop music. Actually, I don't mind Lady Gaga because she is a good singer ( although it's not expressed in her music). Katy Perry's hits don't express any singing ability sorry.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2010



9034 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Fireworks is hella bad

tkxxx7
December 29th 2010



6153 Comments


song had potential until she said boom

tkxxx7
December 29th 2010



6153 Comments


Can we all agree E.T. is the best track?

Tyrael
December 29th 2010



20866 Comments


This album makes me cry because I know she can sing. Oh and her previous effort was kinda good.

pchu
December 29th 2010



5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Music Critic 911 funny you mention the Beatles because artists like Katy Perry are destroying
everything the Beatles set out to build. I understand your points and this was a good first review.
Let's hope that future singers do not shit in our face like Katy did. Be optimistic!

BallsToTheWall
December 29th 2010



44293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ughhh

Digging: Tiamat - Clouds

North0House
December 29th 2010



1764 Comments


Didn't Perry just get married?

BallsToTheWall
December 29th 2010



44293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Where have you been dum dum?


This album legitimately fucking rules sans Peacock.

North0House
December 29th 2010



1764 Comments


In my cave. Where else?



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