Katy Perry's 'PRISM' - What you need to know
Pop superstar Katy Perry unleashed her fourth album 'PRISM' earlier this week and its heading straight for the Number One spot. As one of the most anticipated records of 2013, there has been lots of ink spilt over ‘Prism’ already, here’s what you need to know about the album:
What’s The Background?
The singer’s 2010 third album Teenage Dream did stupendously well, selling over 5.5 million copies across the world and providing a full seven singles, including smash hits ‘Firework’, ‘California Gurls’ and ‘The One That Got Away’. Since then, Perry has toured the globe, married and divorced one Russell Brand and starred in her own Hollywood movie. Expectations for this album are high to say the least…
Who Are Her Influences?
Perry has clearly been inspired by the explosion of EDM over the past 12 months, with electronica and disco playing a big part in the album. The singer has talked up her love of 1990s dance acts like Snap and Black Box during the promotion of the album, as well as the likes of Robyn and Sia. Perry has described ‘Birthday’ as “something Mariah Carey would put on her first record”.
Who’s At The Controls?
For the third album in succession, Perry has turned to super-producer Dr Luke to oversee the creation of PRISM. The record also features tracks penned in collaboration with Sia, Lily Allen/Kelly Clarkson collaborator Greg Kurstin, Robyn’s frequent co-writer Klas Åhlund and songwriters to the stars Max Martin, Bonnie McKee and Henry Walter. There’s even a track co-written with Emeli Sande on the end of the record…
The album was recorded partly in Stockholm, where Åhlund is based, but mostly created in the singer’s hometown of Santa Barbara in California.
What Are The Stand Out Tracks?
‘Roar’, which you’ll all have heard already, is a feisty pop ballad with an irresistibly catchy chorus. ‘Dark House’ is a slick, 90s R’N’B influenced tune with icy keyboards and a real swagger to it. ‘This Is How We Do It’ has a pumped-up, almost funky feel to it, while ‘International Smile’ is a super-fun, bouncy floor filler and ‘Love Me’ is a sweet, almost Robyn-esque, pop ballad.
The true standout is ‘Unconditionally’, a huge, swelling ballad, which is destined to soundtrack Hollywood kisses and wedding discos for the next decade.
Does It Deliver?
Whereas Teenage Dream felt like a very focused, classic pop record, Prism is a lot more schizophrenic in its approach, with tracks ranging from day-glo, EDM club bangers to tender, Mariah Carey-esque ballads. Much like Teenage Dream, every track feels like it could be a single and you can expect Perry to rule the radio for the foreseeable future.
PRISM is out now.