Katy Perry PRISM – Album Review
Pop records tend to focus on two subject matters, love and heartbreak (X Factor taught us that this weekend). PRISM, Katy Perry's long-awaited third album embodies those subjects, eloquently. There's no mystery behind the person that Perry is singing about on a large chunk of the follow-up to the record breaking Teenage Dream. Obviously it is former husband and comedian Russell Brand, their relationships ups-and-downs was played out in the tabloids, Brand has joked about it in his stand-up routine and it was well documented in last years fly-on-the-wall film Part Of Me, is there anything else left unsaid? Not really, and the singer knows that.
PRISM doesn't dish the dirt, there's no blame game on this perfect pop record where scars are worn with a sense of achievement that heartbreak has been conquered. Once the dust had settled, the mourning completed Perry put pen to paper and reexamined the experiences that she had since her last LP.
Roar, the effortlessly brilliant chart topping single gave an advanced warning of what to expect (although she did thrown us of scent by putting out 90's disco inspired Walking On Air and the hip-hop coated Dark Horse but these are the most diverse ends of Prism), it isn't Brand-bashing, more like Perry dealing with the fall-out in the way she has dealt with everything else in her 28 years, pop it into a verse, in-between a catchy-chorus without coming across cheap, desperate or dirty and that is why Roar wasn't just the perfect lead single but a well-placed album opener too. The Californian excels when it comes to letting emotions take hold of her songwriter (see Firework and The One Who Got Away) and PRISM is heart on the sleeve stuff.
Birthday is full of uplifting vibes, sung with a smile, backed by eighties synths whilst This Is How We Do bounces off walks like all good pop songs should. Unconditionally sees the singer open up wounds as it whirls with emotions to get lost in but it is album closer Grace Of Gods where her vulnerability is there to see as honesty takes the lead role and the pomposity is left behind, leaving no mask to hide behind.
If the Roar video symbolises empowerment then the character building commentating on This Moment backs up the message and Love Me reiterates the message as it is full of positivity and confidence, then you've got dance floor fillers, International Smile followed by up-tempo power ballad Ghosts balancing moods with a yin-yang effect.
The diverse and eclectic sound of PRISM doesn't make Walking On Air or Dark Horse stick out like sore thumbs, in fact they compliment the ambitions Perry shows on her third release, how ever you look at it, PRISM is great pop record by an artist who is the face of credible pop as she works again with the ever- reliable producers Dr Luke and Max Martin, there was never any doubt that this wouldn't be sharp and progressive.
Katy Perry sets the mark, again.
PRISM is out today on Virgin.