We all love Katy Perry – she’s funny, she’s sweet, she’s sexy, and when she’s not busy promoting perfumes or being a Smurf, she likes to release the odd great song or awesome album from time to time. Fortunately for all us die-hard pop fans, she’s gone and unveiled brand new album ‘Prism’.
‘Prism’ – which was originally supposed to be a dark and moody album and which took its title from Katy letting in the light and making much happier, positive and restorative music after her divorce – found its way onto our PC a few days ago and we’ve given it plenty of spins to determine whether or not you should shell your hard-earned pennies on it, and more importantly, the important info about it.
[column width=half]Which song is best for a drive in a car?
‘International Smile’. Big singalong chorus, sunny, feel-good themes and a general feeling of loveliness all around.
Best song for snuggling up with a loved one?
A lot of them are potential snuggle-worthy material, but it has to go to ‘This Moment’ which is a big lovely ballad and which is different enough to avoid the curse of ‘album fodder’. It feels very Leona Lewis-esque.
Best song for a booty call?
‘Legendary Lovers’ has an anthemic chorus, a sexy bhangra-inspired beat and some Indian sitar stylings that put into mind a more epic version of Selena Gomez’s ‘Come & Get It’. Definitely one for getting down and dirty.
Is there anything like the fun Teenage Dream era?
Kind of. ‘This Is How We Do’ and ‘Birthday’ both feel like they could have been on the last album and are both pretty darn fun and light. Fortunately ‘Birthday’ is much better than the sleazy, cheap double-entendres in its lyrics and it’s a fun, breezy slice of what KP does best – pop at its purest.
Best motivational jam for the gym?
‘Roar’, or ‘Love Me’. Both are big ‘pull yourself up’ inspirational jams and both are big confidence-promoting tracks that are sure to make you channel through the next workout.[/column]
[column width=half last=true]Best candidate for ‘song of summer 2014’?
‘This Is How We Do’ – irreverent fun that’s as intellectual as doing Jaeger body shots off a surfer’s stomach, it’s mindless fun and sure to be the next soundtrack and smash hit single when summer rolls around next year.
‘Ghost’. It’s all about getting dumped via text and Katy’s breakdown to British funnyman Russell Brand. It’s all very weep-worthy and made us feel like we were getting our hearts broken. At least that’s our excuse for the six pints of Ben & Jerry’s. Honest.
Best wedding song? And by wedding song, we mean ‘first dance song’, not ‘song at a wedding for lamenting that you’re single’.
‘Unconditionally’. It was made for the wedding first dance and full of angelic-sounding synths and choirs that could melt the coldest heart. Perfect for that in-love feeling.
Best song to blow the video budget on?
‘Walking On Air’. It’s a big Nineties dancefloor anthem about being in love and we’d love to see Ms Perry lose herself in the vibes of a big, neon-soaked, glowstick-heavy video where she plays a girl in love and a rave princess.
Best promo song?
Both ‘Dark Horse’ and ‘Walking On Air’ are very good and very different, but ‘Dark Horse’ has a big, dark, trap-flavoured vibe to it that makes it a brilliant club song. We’d still listen to both of them in a club if they came on, but ‘Dark Horse’ is the one we’d go absolutely bonkers to. Good choice, KP.[/column]
‘Prism’ is out for download on 14 October 2013. Listen to new track ‘Legendary Lovers’ below: