Katy Perry released her third album with Capitol Records entitled “Prism” Oct. 22. The promise of the album, despite containing 16 tracks, dies after the first four minutes.
The first track is her single, “Roar,” was released earlier this month. The single is easily the best song on the album. It is reminiscent of both “Part of Me” and “Firework.” The lyrics call out the cynics and conformists and remind oddballs and optimists to follow their ambitions. “I went from zero to my own hero,” she sings. It is a faultless example of the artist listeners have loved ever since “Kissed a Girl.” This is the type of song Perry is known for and listeners hope for.
The rest of the album fails to reach the standard. The second track, “Birthday,” is like a bad sequel to “California Girls.” The line repeated the most is “Make it like your birthday every day.” The beat and melody is the same from start to finish. There is no build or sufficient bridge.
“Dark Horse” is no better. It is like the ugly stepchild of “ET.” The atmosphere of the two songs is almost identical except “ET” is enticing and “Dark Horse” is almost tolerable. The subsequent song, “This is How We Do,” should never have been allowed on the album. Or produced. Or written.
Of the last nine songs on the album, there are roughly two good songs. “Double Rainbow” is reminiscent of “Not Like the Movies.” With lyrics like “They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and “You speak to me, even in my dreams,” the song started to sound like Perry again. “It Takes Two” is the second to last track and the first to illustrate the newer sound listeners would have appreciated throughout the rest of the album. It is easy to note the song is about her ex-husband Russell Brand. She sings “I had to grow up, I wish you could too,” and “But let me be first, baby, to say ‘I’m sorry.’” This track made listening through the other 13 songs worth it.
Katy Perry is still among the best of the female artists in the industry today. Her voice and her lyrics are as strong as they have always been, but “Prism” is overall subpar to the expectations she has established for herself.