Prism by Katy Perry is intended to be her Manga Opus. During her transition from ‘Barbie, Valley girl’ to respectable, wholesome singer, Kate has blessed us with some of the most memorable pop singles of this decade.
While the songs are much more personal than previous albums, the album is missing that je ne sais quoi to really push this album as something that is truly worth buying.
You can hear that a lot of effort went into this album, with its taut production and great writing. This was supposed to be her breakthrough album, overcoming what she’s endured in the past; but I’m left asking myself, “Do we really need this?”
The first single from the album, Roar, opens the album. I do like that the song is intended to be her ‘down but not out’ song. It’s uplifting, especially for some but I don’t feel that Perry is the right choice to belt out the song; more on this later. Legendary Lovers shows off Katy Perry’s sensuality in relatively the same fashion, as she has showed off her sexuality in other songs.
Birthday, the third track, has the potential to eventually become a hit single. The fourth entry, Walking on Air is sonically identical to a lot of songs that are currently playing on Top 40 radio, but, there’s also something very nostalgic with it sounding like it was made in the early to mid 90s. Kudos go to Åhlund and Max Martin for the production.
A lot of the songs on Prism have an undertone of her Christian faith. Take Unconditionally for example: Open up your heart/Acceptance is the key to be/To be truly free/Will you do the same for me? These lyrics could be interpreted in two ways, and I find it interesting that Perry, along with her team of writers, chose to go so minimalistic. Dark Horse, with Juicy J, reminds me of E.T. with the structure and core of the song.
The back half of the album is just as strong as the front half of the album, with By The Grace of God being the stand out. Keeping with the theme of the album, By The Grace of God is very personal, detailing her depression around the time of her divorce with actor/comedian Russel Brand. She was reportedly so depressed during that ordeal that she thought about ending her life, which is mentioned throughout the song.
I don’t have any complaints against any of the songs on the album; all of them are great on their own. However, some of the songs deal with her ‘comeback’. I find this head scratching in a way since she’s never left her audience or let them down in a way. Maybe she has or that’s just how she feels. When listening to the album I kept thinking that if Katy Perry were to go on some drug binge or went on a hiatus for four years and then came out with Prism, I would feel differently about it.
Like a real Prism, Katy Perry breaks herself down into her multiple layers and shows us her true self. She’s not hiding behind candy-coated dresses, cotton candy hair, or cutesy, pop-y lyrics, she’s showing us, in a way, Katy Hudson.
The album is much more personal than past efforts and the production values are high. Despite finding little flaw in every song, Prism is missing something to really push it passed ‘good’ for me. If you’re on the fence to purchase the album, just buy it. It’s good enough to warrant a purchase.Google+