Make way for a whole new version of Katy Perry, folks. Gone are the days of her tongue-in-cheek songs about lesbianism and fireworks and in their place are a set of truly excellent sheen pop songs. ‘Prism’ is album number three for Katy Perry (technically album number four if we ignore the stage name/style change) and it’s the start of a whole new and mature chapter for the princess of pop.
With the majority of songs being about Katy‘s personal growth, there’s no doubt that, at times, they were inspired by her and Russel Brand‘s reasonably well-documented divorce. Refreshingly though, these songs don’t come across as a pointing-the-finger ballad, I’m talking to you Amy Lee, but more of an acknowledgment of the situation and how she has learnt from it. Katy even admits her own faults and the breakdown of the marriage in ‘It Takes Two’, which is a truly excellent song.
As a result of this mature direction, the more poppier songs on ‘Prism’ are more subdued with one or two being a wee bit bland, at least by Katy‘s past pop standards. Songs like ‘This Is How We Do’ and ‘Dark Horse’ are just that bit too simple to pass as a good pop song, and are probably the weakest numbers of the album. On the other side of the coin, the best two offerings to be found here are the 90s Swedish dance inspired ‘International Smile’ and the funky motown influenced ‘Walking On Air’. These tracks are a duo of catchy, happy songs that will get stuck in your head like an infectious jingle.
If you’re already a fan of Katy Perry, then ‘Prism’ is definitely an album that can sit strongly beside ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘One Of The Boys’. It’s like we’ve watched her grow up as she’s gone through the transition of an immature teenager who would not stop partying to a woman who has grown both spiritually and mentally. Personally, I love Katy‘s new direction, and I hope it’s one she sticks to as she continues to evolve from a singer/songwriting to a more formidable artist.
Written by Andy Roberts