|Album Cover Art: Prism by Katy Perry|
Listening to auto-tuned Katy Perry is, let’s face it, far more tolerable than hearing her sing live on stage. But you gotta give credit where it’s due. Perry is a hit-making machine with proven credibility. It’s no walking in the park writing a hit song let alone an album that contains more than a handful. That’s exactly what Katy Perry brings to the table with her fourth studio effort; an album full of potential radio-friendly hits. Of course, she receives more than a little help from a slew of today’s biggest hit-makers such as Dr. Luke, Stargate, Max Martin and Cirkut, to name a few. One could also imagine how much money gets involved in the building process of “Prism”.
Opening with her international #1 smash, a female empowerment anthem, “Roar”, “Prism” is packed with tracks that don’t even require a second listen to grow. You will be humming along by the time each and every chorus kicks in for the second time. She is that good. She parties it up like it’s 1991 with Crystal Waters-esque “Walking On Air” while keeping it festive with Hip-hop flavored “Dark Horse” and Disco-tinged “Birthday”. The disc’s second single with a solid melody, “Unconditionally”, psychedelic “This Moment” and “Legendary Lovers”, a rousing record with an exotic appeal, are nothing but pure sugar, irresistible & infectious.
Singing may not be her specialty but she handles the album’s mid-tempo ballads with dignity and devotion. Perry is aware of her range and therefore never pushes beyond. With “Spiritual” and “Double Rainbow”, (She cowrote the former with John Mayer and the latter, Sia Furler) she gets to showcase her serious songwriting skills, which by far is her strongest suit. The piano-led ballad “By The Grace Of God” and “It Takes Two” are two of the set’s most autobiographical and self-reflective moments. "Prism", in a nutshell is terrific. It’s upbeat, undemanding and ultramodern.
"Roar" ~ Katy Perry
"Unconditionally" ~ Katy Perry