Katy Perry Never Disappoints
BY BRONWYN WEISMILLER ON NOVEMBER 15, 2013
Ever-changing hair colors and cupcake bras are just two of the many things that come to mind when thinking of Katy Perry. Her third album, “Prism,” debuted on October 22. Fans live for her party songs, each of them just as outrageous and exciting as the one before. With a name like “Prism,” I knew there was going to be something different about this album.
When Perry first became famous, I was one of the crazed fans who wanted to dress up like her for Halloween and listen to her music on repeat for weeks. Her songs and lyrics were unlike all of the others on the radio. Her vocal range is incredible, and she isn’t afraid of being herself. Although her new album is unlike past albums, it is just as phenomenal. Her music may have a new maturity to it, but it is still as fun and crazy as it always has been.
The first time I heard “Roar” on the radio I thought it was pretty good. It wasn’t my favorite song she had released, but it wasn’t the worst either. By the second time I heard it, I hated it. Not only could I not stop singing it for days, but I also realized how weak she sounded. I’ve always admired Perry for the power she has in her voice, yet that was the one thing missing from “Roar.” I was scared she was losing the talent that I was always so amazed by. However, once I heard the full album, I realized it was still there, just in a different way.
One of my favorite songs on the album is “By the Grace of God.” With just a piano accompanying Perry, it is the simplest song on the album. There are few things more powerful than that. It gives us the ability to hear how talented she truly is.
Just because there are more down-to-earth songs like “Legendary Lover” and “Unconditionally,” the old Perry is still there. One listen to “Birthday” or “Double Rainbow” and you will realize that the provocative side of her never left, even with the addition of her new maturity.
Despite some of the songs on “Prism” sounding like ‘80s workout music, I still believe that Katy Perry is the phenomenal singer that she always has been, just with maturity and subtleness to her music.