Katy Perry: Prism

31 Oct

Prism

Katy Perry returns with an album that reflects her evolution as an artist, or so she says. What really lies beneath the admittedly pretty packaging of Prism is largely more of the same: Perry peddling fantasy over substance, in what is arguably a disappointing offering.

Suffering greatly from clichéd backing music, and relying too heavily on soaring choruses to lift many of the songs on the album, Prism barely manages to make a hiss, let alone a roar. Add to this mix laughably bad lyrics, rhyming “erotica” with “exotic..yeah..”, talk of her “blooming lotus”, and the flagrantly Mileyesque lines of This is How We Do, and you have the makings of a truly dud album. (*Note, if I ever hear another pop star mention Maseratis in a song it will be too soon).

Two notable exceptions can be found in lead single Roar, and the somewhat autobiographical GhostRoar may not offer the departure from her old sound Perry was looking for, but it at least showcases the artist doing what she does best: infectious and uplifting pop. Ghost, by contrast, is a work of personal self-reflection, and the only such song that rings true on an album crafted around this vision.

Ghost, however, is just that; the ghost of all this album could have been. Instead, Prism is a deeply flawed work of (sh)art, that will line Capitol’s pockets for all the wrong reasons. Best avoided.

 

Ed.

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2 Responses to “Katy Perry: Prism”

  1. Tim November 1, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Good thing iTunes exists, I guess. I wonder if people like Perry could get away with just releasing singles and EPs? The way people buy their music now kinda works against the idea of a full-length album. An EP might be better suited to her talents.

    • haleybeatson November 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      Yeah, I certainly think so. For artists like Perry whose careers are built around singles as opposed to cohesive albums, an EP might work better than a standard 13 track where 8+ are obviously filler.
      Ed.

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