Sound — 6
It's difficult and increasingly rare nowadays to tune into mainstream radio and not hear one of Katy Perry's many heavily rotated singles on the air. Her music has been implemented into nearly every aspect of our lives: television commercials, film soundtracks, and of course the almost consistent airtime. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see why, either; the music of Katy Perry is heavily built around adult lyrical content, energetic electronic beats and a typically upbeat theme that when infused together could fit any dance floor. Although she did release a widely ignored debut album back in 2001, it wouldn't be until 2008 that her second studio effort would see the light of day, and did it ever. "One of the Boys" was a commercial success, bolstered by such hit singles as "I Kissed a Girl," "Hot n Cold," and "Waking Up in Vegas." This was the beginning of success for Katy Perry, who only achieved larger mainstream popularity with their third studio album, "Teenage Dream," which spawned a number of chart topping songs including "California Gurls," "Firework" and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)". With her third studio album, Perry became the first female artist to have an album produce five number-one hits, the second overall behind Michael Jackson's "Bad." 2012 showed the re-release of "Teenage Dream," which included several bonus tracks including another number-one hit, "Part of Me." One year since her hit album's reissue, and Katy Perry is ready to reenter the music scene with her fourth studio album, titled "Prism." As far as her new album's sound goes, don't expect any dramatic revolutions in her songwriting. If anything, anticipate a less energetic performance from the pop artist. Songs such as the inspiring "Roar" show a quieter Katy Perry, who's not so much about partying all night as she is about standing up, finding her courage and recovering from a harsh breakup. "Unconditionally" doesn't bring anything new to the table, by either Katy Perry and mainstream pop rock standards. It is a typical emotion-induced song about always loving this one person unconditionally, which is an all-too-common theme in modern day pop music.
Lyrics — 5
Similar to the album's dramatic change in sound, Katy Perry changes her lyrical content and singing style as well on "Prism." While her previous efforts were themed around getting wasted in Las Vegas and one night stands, "Prism" appears to be entirely comprised of depressive themes, whether it be on lost loves or recovering from abuse. When you take Katy Perry and leave out the upbeat energy, what's left is an uninspired collection of songs which is difficult to even listen to.
Overall Impression — 6
With "Prism," listeners are subjected an entirely different, more serious side to Katy Perry than we are accustomed to hearing. Her upbeat energy was typically one of the few positive qualities to Perry's music, and has since been replaced with depressive lyrical themes and leaves very little to grasp upon. The majority of the music included on "Prism" is entirely forgettable, although songs such as "Roar" and "This Is How We Do" do have some memorable moments that established fans should be able to enjoy.