Sound — 7
Katy Perry's music is fun-pop, similar to what Right Said Fred was in the '90s and Samantha Fox was in the '80s. She has a cheeky attitude liken to Kate Nash, vocal textures reminiscent of Avril Lavigne, and catchy melodic hooks relatable to Gwen Stefani. Her latest release One Of The Boys is tantamount to a chick-flick for the ears looking at people and life from a female perspective. The title track is sunny and upbeat and sets the cheery school-girl mood for the album. These are tunes that are heavy in entertainment value like Waking Up In Vegas and Hot 'N' Cold. People can relate to the songs even if they never experienced the situations reflected in the lyrics. The pop confections are distinguishable from song to song honing a new wave tint on If You Can Afford Me, an easy-going jocular swagger along Ur So Gay, and a winking cabaret style through I Kissed A Girl. Perry does inject ballad forms into the album like the soft yokes of Fingerprints, which bring out the soothing textures of her vocals showing another side of herself besides the part that likes to jest with people. It's an album the you can have fun with at parties, amusement parks, or for those moments when you need a quick pick-me-up or some comedy relief.
Lyrics — 8
Perry's lyrics can be serious and thoughtful like in Fingerprints, but for the most part, she shows a lighter side to her character like in the lyrics for Ur So Gay. The words evoke laughter from it's listener with verses like I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf / While jacking off listening to Mozart / You bitch and moan about LA / Wishing you were in the rain reading Hemingway / You don't eat meat / And drive electrical cars / You're so indie rock it's almost an art / You need SPF 45 just to stay alive / You're so gay and you don't even like boys. The meaning in her words are apparent and you can't help but memorize the words to entire songs, because the thoughts come right out of real life or at least what you would like to say in real life.
Overall Impression — 8
Katy Perry's One Of The Boys is one of the most fun albums to arrive. It is right up there with last year's release from Lily Allen. Perry has the girlish purr of Kylie Minogue minus the neo-disco glow of electro-pop. Sure, fun-pop has a reputation for producing pop-tarts, but sometimes being silly is a good remedy for being in a slump. It gives people that boost when they are in a bad mood. One Of The Boys may be the new guilty pleasure for people, and the new standard for chick-flick based music.