Katy Perry
Prism


3.0
good

Review

by Scott M. Baldwin USER (94 Reviews)
March 9th, 2014 | 93 replies


Release Date: 10/18/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A "personal message" can only go so far when the quality of the music lets it down.

Even if you don't like Katy, there is something to be said for a girl like her- she loves her fans, she throws extravagant live shows, she has a wicked sense of humour, etc. She's a pretty admirable girl, from her humble gospel beginnings as Katy Hudson to spots on Vans Warped Tour and a pair of successful albums, and she sure didn't earn it all by doing nothing. In addition, she's gone through some tough times in recent years, with the divorce from Russell Brand being one of them... and given that 2013 has been a year for "personal albums", it only seems natural that Perry would join this bandwagon of sorts, where each musician "pours themselves out" to the fans or some such nonsense.

I find this funny, because despite all the hype surrounding Prism, it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from Katy Perry. Sure, it's a tad more serious than both of her previous efforts, but it's still exactly what you'd expect from Katy Perry. It's full of "anthemic choruses" and so vs where she really sings out. And in typical Katy Perry fashion, it's pretty much as uneven as it could possibly be. There's highs here that rival pop greats, and lows that would make even Miley Cyrus cringe. It can't decides if it's a "fun" album or the aforementioned "personal album"' and there's almost a severe mis balance of quality in the music. Yet, in a way, this makes the album even more listenable, in a strange way. Perhaps it's because she's so talented, she gets away with it? I'm still not sure, honestly.

See, if the leading singles from Prism are any indication, the album is both really good and really bad. The lead single "Roar" is perhaps one of her worst songs ever, with a rather overdone beat, cliched lyrics and her typical chant in the chorus, and "Dark Horse" is such an unbelievably good song, with the slow beat, the unsettling synth in the verse and anthemic chorus- it makes it almost hard to believe that it came from someone who did a song as horrible as "Peacock". She still plugs producers like Dr. Luke, and it's downright obvious at times. And yet, there's still a sizable amount of good songs on here. "Legendary Lover" is definitely the best song on here, which mostly boils down to its sweeping chorus. It has such an epic feel that it's enough to dull the stink of the song that came before it, "Roar". Sadly, it is followed by "Birthday". That song can essentially be described as the "Peacock" of this album... enough said.

If yiure noticing a pattern here, it's most likely that the album has equal amounts of amazing songs and head-bashingly awful songs. "Unconditionally" is big, bold, anthemic and even despite the silly pronounciation of the word "Unconditional" in the chorus, it's fast pace, tension filled and eventually explodes in a satisfying way. "Ghost" is another especially amazing song about the loss of a friend- it's painful to listen to mostly because Perry has such a stellar voice, that she delivers with much gusto. But then there's also a song like "This is How We Do", a song that even Spice Girls would think twice about before passing as a B-side. As catchy and upbeat as it is, the lyrics are also downright dreadful ("Santa Barbara, chique, at La Super Rica, grabbing tacos, checking out hotties/This is how we do"- that's just one of the lines).

And so it's quite unclear what Katy Perry is trying to do here. She claims this is her "personal album", but take that away and you still have just a typical Katy Perry album full of soaring highs and plummeting lows. The album goes back and forth between excellent and terrible, and comfortably so. And for that reason, it is hard to take the whole "personal album" talk seriously when the quality of the album let's it down. Yet, it's fun to listen to for this reason. She's talented enough that talent alone is enough to almost dull the album's schizophrenic feel, and for that she deserves some respect... at least.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheMoonchild
March 9th 2014


505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Been holding off on this review for a while- glad I finally got it out of my system.

Veldin
March 9th 2014


1646 Comments


I'd like to give her my prism, wait...what? Good review, mate. I did notice some grammatical mistakes, so ya might wanna fix them.

scottpilgrim10
March 9th 2014


4443 Comments


"I'd like to give her my prism" [2] Hard

SnakeDelilah
March 9th 2014


9102 Comments


'I'd like to give her my prism'



wtf

Digging: Foxing - The Albatross

scottpilgrim10
March 9th 2014


4443 Comments


You'll get it when you're older.

weedblunt
March 9th 2014


558 Comments


never grow up

scottpilgrim10
March 9th 2014


4443 Comments


We can't all be peter pan.

bakkermaarten007
March 9th 2014


3687 Comments


"she loves her fans"
And the dollars they symbolize.

VermTheImpaler
March 9th 2014


1360 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Katy perry's boobs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> katy perry's music

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2014


16922 Comments


While the above statement may be completely true, I'll concede that a few songs on here qualify as guilty pleasures for me.

Digging: Low Roar - 0

Asdfp277
March 9th 2014


1429 Comments


too lazy to read. all singles from this are boring as fuck, how's the rest?

Digging: Saiko - Informe Saiko

NapalmCrusader
March 9th 2014


1737 Comments


I'm not ashamed of what I enjoy, the guilty pleasures bullcrap is silly as hell

Asdfp277
March 9th 2014


1429 Comments


he doesn't mean he feels guilty or anynthing, he probably understands the faults of a song and just chooses to ignore them cuz catchy chorus.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2014


16922 Comments


^this

Tyrael
March 9th 2014


20971 Comments


This has superb production

VermTheImpaler
March 9th 2014


1360 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Lol, katy perry

JS19
March 9th 2014


4411 Comments


Love it when any female artist comes up on Sput and the resident 'basement crowd' just say how much they want to put it in her and don't say anything about the music nice one guys

Digging: Circa Survive - Descensus

ASnideReturns
March 9th 2014


5241 Comments


Lol, katy perry [2]

JS19
March 9th 2014


4411 Comments


Digging: Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue

lol

ASnideReturns
March 9th 2014


5241 Comments


Even Yellowcard's worst shits on Katy Perry's best.
She's one of those performers that makes all pop look bad.



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