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katy-perry-prismReleased: 2013

Katy Perry’s latest album, Prism, is pretty much what you’d expect from the pop princess – nothing outlandishly inventive or wildly different to her previous material, but a nice slice of pop with lightweight dance influences.

Kicking the album off with lead single Roar, Perry gives us a hearty opening that’s as catchy as catchy can be. The song is punchier than earlier singles and has an anthemic feel to the chorus that you can imagine young teenage girls shouting out in sold-out arenas.

Unconditionally is the second song to be released from the album but rather than wow us with Perry’s powerful vocals, as is intended, it comes across as yet another uninspiring ballad. There are a fair few of these on the album and they fail to make a good impression.

Tracks like Birthday and International are reminiscent of the songs found on the Teenage Dream and One of the Boys albums (arguably stronger offerings), with the trademark party-pop sound that Perry does so well. They don’t carry much depth but they’ll please hardcore Kitty-Kats and will get you grooving.

Prism centres on the usual girl-pop themes of self-empowerment, relationships, love and living in the moment. There seems to be more vulnerability in this album, more of Perry’s heart rather than simply her fun-loving spirit, yet many of the songs are still forgettable. Perry had initially intended this album to have a darker feel and it’s a shame that this failed to materialise.

A decent enough album for current fans of Katy Perry but sadly there’s not much to invite any new listeners.

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