Katy Perry
Smile


3.0
good

Review

by Violett Stewart USER (3 Reviews)
August 27th, 2020 | 67 replies


Release Date: 08/28/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bow down to the Clowness of Pop

Katy Perry was always been in the wrong horizon. Possessing relatively good creative intentions, this artist recorded an album about teenage life with a raid of unforgivable vulgarity. In parallel with this, she mixed different styles and received a frankly ordinary product in a subsequent release. If "Prism" was an attempt to become a more mature and respected artist, then the subsequent "Witness" destroyed a carefully built house of cards. The fall was so unexpected and painful that it seems that an angel from the Pop Olympus broke both wings.

Inspired by loneliness and social uncertainty, the therapeutic "Witness" turned out to be amazingly monotonous. The album, which resembled an interfering recording of a session with a psychotherapist, raised the question of what will happen next with Katy Perry. Only "Chained to the Rhythm" won a share of respect from that long-suffering work - the ode to political activism, released as the protest soundtrack for the previous U.S. presidential election, turned out to be more relevant this year than ever.

Almost everything related to "Witness" were repulsive, despite the fact that the product as a whole turned out to be creatively sustained. The singer freed herself from the shackles of a carefully verified chart-topping strategist and began to release everything that the soul would like. The artist's internal doubts are generated by "Smile" - her first release in three years and an attempt to wake up after the nightmare that her life was in the shadow of the previous album.

The album opens with the song "Never Really Over," which does not leave indifferent. This is a clunky, inspired by a ticking ASMR pulse (unexpected combination), telling about the power of reunification, which, according to the singer, connects people in time. There are several reasons to consider this song the best in the singer's catalog. There is not a single lyrical moment in the song, which makes you squeeze your nose. The exciting tone of keyboards reminds us about an immortal hit "Baba O'Riley" of The Who.

Dancing in the dark through self-healing is the emotional anchor of this album. So, "Cry About It Later" is a encouraging and confident code of French house. Perry's vocals here sound muted and intimate, which adds charm to the dance anthem about unrequited love. "Teary Eyes" resembles an exotic dish, where there are a lot of spices, the taste of which cannot be understood from the first time. You want to listen to a song many times in order to realize your attraction to it. This is the hypnotic atmosphere of the track, despite its simplicity and open straightforwardness of the arrangement. In terms of trends, this is a nostalgic mix from the 2000s and you will feel it inside that you are transferred to the past time when club hits broke radio waves. Both songs are quite similar, almost like twins, but this does not limit them to be complementary and successful from a lyrical point of view.

Among such strong songs was the affirmative ballad "Resilient," the dramatic orchestration of which is able to bring clouds over its head. It seems that someone can really become a barrier to your path ("Yeah, they tried to poison the water/But I was a little stronger"), as the singer sings in the track. Perry continues to leave the usual tiresome fireworks and animals metaphors for the life-affirming urban-sticky "Not the End of the World" - the artist pragmatically and chants out that despair is not the way out, life continues with every step we take.

The acoustic part of the album deserves special attention, as a very harmonious vibe to the dance part of the record. If "Harleys in Hawaii" is a compromise island track, dating back to the R&B music of the late eighties. "What Makes a Woman" is a great, perfectly made country-talk about femininity and devotion to its principles. Perry has made references to the theme of following the dream before, but it is in this track that she manages to show her wisdom ("I feel most beautiful doing what the *** I want").

On the album, the singer repeatedly quotes the greats. "Never Worn White" is a galvanic soft ballad in the spirit of Phil Collins, from the category of wedding bells, when everyone looks at the dance of the newlyweds and wipes away a tear from their eyes. If she were a little more dynamic, she would definitely get into the soundtrack for the potential sequel to Wedding Planner. On another coquettish banger "Tucked," she begs not to hide our sexual fantasies and completely takes us to the epicenter of the reign of Bee Gees, when disco was considered deeply underground entertainment.

As a result, we get "Smile" – an unexpectedly humble and mature work, which behind a funny cover carries something more than everyday clowning.


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Vulnicura
August 27th 2020


41 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

waited for a very average album from the diarrhea candy fairy, but quite surprisingly, it's a very solid record for her standards.

fogza
August 27th 2020


931 Comments


-- It is quite breeding and seems to take us to the immortal hit "Baba O'Riley" by The Who.

I don't understand this sentence (among many others)?

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LaurenPaulson
August 27th 2020


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the best album she has ever recorded.

hel9000
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2020


1101 Comments


you seem to be a good writer but there are a few points in the review where i don't really know what you're getting at, like this:

"So, "Cry About It Later" is a encouraging and confident code of French house, which wants to drown out the pain of a broken heart. No less victorious move, "Teary Eyes" resembles a delicious dish in which there are many spices, but they are so dosed that it is impossible to determine the taste. "

you're circling some interesting descriptions but the way you phrased this was clunky and the food comparison is a little weird - the song is delicious, but way overspiced? i don't really even know if you like or dislike these songs.

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Ferguson
August 27th 2020


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hi! First, thank you very much for the objective feedback. Indeed, I wanted to be metaphorical myself, but not all the descriptions turned out to be pleasant by ear. I just looked again and added.



I liked the album. This is definitely a move forward for the singer, who has long lost her position.

Sailors
August 27th 2020


6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I partially followed the album. it seems to me that in fact... this is a combined hodgepodge.

Tracks conceptually and musically do not fit together well. BUT. I may agree with the previous speakers and with the review.Katy Perry has almost all of her albums full of shame and bullshit. This one is less lousy than the rest. The worst song is Smile.terrible.



bigguytoo9
August 27th 2020


954 Comments


The album art is so laughable and it's not even because there's a 'clown reference' on it.

SPRFanOf5H
August 27th 2020


871 Comments


Album hasn’t come out yet in the States? You live in Australia or something, I assume that’s how you’re able to hear this earlier than anybody else?

Ferguson
August 27th 2020


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The album was released in Australia and New Zealand due to the time zone. Many listeners received an album based on an early pre-order of vinyl and discs from the singer's website, where it was sold an unprecedented number of copies.



In Russia and the CIS, where I came from, the album was released half a day earlier along with the announcement of the birth of Katy Perrys child.

rodrigo90
August 27th 2020


6658 Comments


She needs easily another 20 years to reach the quality of Tori Amos Little earthquakes so...yeah.

Lucman
August 27th 2020


5153 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Was hoping this would be something special but nah, it's just merely ok.

Sinternet
August 27th 2020


23964 Comments


it's back too form after witness but not crazy good

never really over is one of her best tracks ever though

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BallsToTheWall
August 27th 2020


50320 Comments


Is this good, that god damn baby room video scared the hell out of me.

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neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2020


20866 Comments


what

rickyrick
August 28th 2020


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the way she's devided this album. It clearly tells a story from where she's been to where she is now. You can draw parallels. I like her delivery and the songs are actually good this time.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2020


20866 Comments


lots of new users popping up with 4s/4.5s
mighty fishy if you ask me

Beardog
August 28th 2020


3977 Comments


I need to check this?

alamo
August 28th 2020


3617 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

first 3 songs are cool then the restr is pretty average

Get Low
August 28th 2020


9306 Comments


This is her best album.

alamo
August 28th 2020


3617 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

teenage dream >>>>>>>>>



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