Prism [Deluxe Edition] (CD)


Katy Perry

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Amoeba Review

10/21/2013

Katy Perry's latest is basically a perfectly packaged blockbuster pop album, one that hits hard right out of the gate and doesn't let up across its 13 tracks. "Roar" flings more hooks at you than you can grasp, with a cool woozy synth keeping the whole thing flowing out smoothly like soft serve. Though some Katy Perry songs feel like you're just waiting for the big chorus, she spits her verses in "Legendary Lovers" so quickly it gives the song a hip-hop feel, while jungle drums and Indian-inspired melodies pop up to keep things interesting. No Katy Perry song thus far though holds a candle to "Birthday," inspired by the likes of Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" for a funk guitar, horn-laden jam (thanks, Daft Punk, for making this kind of thing cool again!) that should kick off scores of New Year's and birthday parties throughout the rest of the year and 2014. These explorations outside the typical eurodisco framework, including the old-school house of "Walking on Air" and dubsteppy "Dark Horse," are what make Prism her most exciting album to date. And of course she offers plenty of guilty pleasure fluffy pop, with "International Smile" reminiscent of "California Gurls" or "Firework," and dance ballad "This Moment" providing the requisite prom-makeout song. It's not without its duds—do we really need a ballad called "Double Rainbow" or stab at praise music with "By the Grace of God"? But for a healthy dose of pop you wanna blast from a convertible speeding down the highway with your bffs, there's nothing out there quite like Prism.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Roar
Katy Perry 03:43
2.
Legendary Lovers
Katy Perry 03:44
3.
Birthday
Katy Perry 03:35
4.
Walking On Air
Katy Perry 03:42
5.
Unconditionally
Katy Perry 03:48
6.
Dark Horse
Katy Perry , Juicy J 03:35
7.
This Is How We Do
Katy Perry 03:24
8.
International Smile
Katy Perry 03:47
9.
Ghost
Katy Perry 03:23
10.
Love Me
Katy Perry 03:52
11.
This Moment
Katy Perry 03:46
12.
Double Rainbow
Katy Perry 03:51
13.
By The Grace Of God
Katy Perry 04:27
14.
Spiritual
Katy Perry 04:35
15.
It Takes Two
Katy Perry 03:54
16.
Choose Your Battles
Katy Perry 04:27

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