Thursday, November 4, 2010
Put Katy Perry's Teenage Dream on your Ipods NOW!!!!
When Katy Perry first grabbed national attention with her 2008 hit song “I Kissed a Girl” she seemed as if she was the definition of a one-hit wonder. But she’s scored several hits since the initial breakthrough, including with her recent chart success of “California Gurls,” track 3 on her recent album TEENAGE DREAM!!
“Teenage Dream" is a kind of pool-party-pop gem full of SoCal ambience and disco beats. It’s miles ahead of Perry’s breakthrough disc, One of the Boys, with her clever songwriting boosted by top-dollar pros like Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Tricky Stewart & Stargate.
It makes for the perfect sundrenched soundtrack. Although many critics say the album is just lightweight stuff, I think it is a must listen. It has it's charms and has satisfied fans such as myself as I have been blasting it since its release and still can't stop. I love every single track. Most are easy to relate to.
1. Teenage Dream
2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)
3. California Gurls
6. Circle the Drain
7. The one that got away
8. E.T. (Futuristic Lover)
9. Who am i living for
11. Hummingbird Heartbeat
12. Not like the Movies
I definitely have my favourites on the album. "Circle the Drain” which is aimed at her ex, Gym Class Heroes’ frontman Travis McCoy. She condemns his excessive use of drugs and the role he wanted her to play in their relationship, “Wanna be your lover, not your fucking mother… Had the world in the palm of your hands but you fucking choked.” I relate well to this one. “Pearl” a good song, comes close to a touching story (reflecting on a crumbling character who is in a suffocating relationship, only to reveal that the character is—surprise—her). She simply wants us to know that we can get out and move on to a better place in life as she has, with fiance Russell Brand. "Who am i living for" and "Firework', an inspirational upbeat song.
To be honest the first time i heard firework i cried, it was exactly how i was feeling at that point in time. Which made me a little jealous of Katy. Sometimes i get jealous of artists because they have the ability to describe my feelings better than i can.
What i like about Perry & what continues to separate her from her contemporaries isn’t her sound but her hands-on approach to the actual songwriting behind her albums. With Teenage Dream there isn’t a single track where she doesn’t receive a songwriting credit. No matter where you stand on any other aspect of the album, she should definitely be praised for that.
I give it a 4 out of 5. DO YOUR-SELVES A FAVOR!! Give the album a listen, i promise you wont be completely disappointed.
However, if you don't like it, oh well
Stiff Upper Lip xxx