BY JOEY MALTESE, COLUMNIST
Just three years ago, Katy Perry released “Teenage Dream,” the album that defined pop music of this generation.
With tracks like “Firework,” “Last Friday Night,” and the title track “Teenage Dream,” Perry seemed to reign supreme, sweeping award shows, talk shows, commercials and even having a guest stint on “Sesame Street.”
It is strange to think that in three short years, Perry has lost whatever made her this iconic pop princess.
As her third major release, “Prism” fails to deliver the excitement and innovativeness that was previously exhibited by Perry.
Though it cannot be expected that all of her albums’ tracks live up to the high standard set by “Teenage Dream,” I would say that merely three or four are potential hits.
“Roar,” the lead single, seems to be carrying the entire album. A power-pop ballad written by Perry, Max Martin and Lukasz Sebastian Gottwal who is better known as Dr. Luke, seem to be the winning combination, as they have been behind the bulk of Perry’s eight number-one hits. It is a familiar song with a familiar theme of standing up for your beliefs. It’s safe.
Most exciting is “Legendary Lovers,” a Euro-inspired track that can easily be spun in discotheques in Stockholm, holding its own with the likes of Robyn and Lykke Li. It is a different sound for Perry, utilizing different styles of singing and backing tracks, but seems to come together nicely.
Despite having the credentials of what will probably end up being a huge album in upcoming months, Perry fell flat on displaying the whimsy yet thoughtful lyrics and musical styles that have been the driving force of her musical success. It seems as though she is travelling with the winds of pop music instead of defining them.