On Saturday, reviews started appearing everywhere for Katy Perry's new album "Prism." The reviews ranged from good to very good. There aren't many excellent reviews, but we are hear to change that. It took a couple listens, but Katy Perry's "Prism" is, for the most part, a pop music masterpiece.
Unlike Perry's past albums, there are barely any throwaway songs. "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, isn't bad, but it just doesn't really fit on the album. "It Takes Two" is bouncy, but the ball never goes over the wall -- it is too safe. Fortunately, the rest of the album more than makes up for these two clunkers.
"This Moment" is easily the best song Katy Perry has ever done. It's an anthem song like "Roar," only more risky with better lyrics. The upcoming single "Unconditionally" is both soothing and heartbreaking. Perry gives a four-star vocal performance here and it will easily be her next number one single.
Those who just saw the movie "Gravity" will like Perry's relaxing space sounds, which are especially evident on "Legindary Lovers," "Ghost," and "Double Rainbow." Some of the songs are definitely the type that are great to listen to after the party when listening to "Walking on Air," one of the best EDM songs released this year.
One hopes that Perry will feel comfortable showing the same musical talents she portrays in "By the Grace of God" and "Spiritual." The songs were obviously inspired by Perry's spiritual upbringing. She sings her heart out in these and the lyrics are very thought provoking.
In a year with disappointing music from pop's former female stars Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, it's refreshing to see Katy Perry not try so desperate to be relevant. Even when she's not at her best, Katy Perry is very sincere -- this is a quality definitely missing from pop music these days.