Debuting on Number 1 at the US and UK Charts, the sophomore album of pop singer Katy Perry offers a quirky yet mature vibe from her. Definitely the album of summer, Katy delivers it effortlessly with chart-topping songs. Despite negative reviews from music critics around, there’s one thing they all agreed on – compared to One of the Boys, this album is definitely better.
The album starts with the title track and believe me, this is one of the best songs in the album. Teenage Dream shows a more mature Katy. The falsetto in the first part building up slowly some emotion for a full chest voice ending. Metaphorical, yes it is. For more info about it, go to that separate post of mine. Last Friday Night, (T.G.I.F.) is simply a stripped-off Ke$ha song. I think that’s a good thing though since we’re being offered party-relate, yet so simple. That sax-solo part was a bit random though. Speaking of a Ke$ha song, California Gurls sounds like TiK ToK and Your Love Is My Drug. Unimpressive, but superbly catchy. Snoop Dogg can get out of the song though.
Firework is certainly the best track of the album. It certainly is like a firework exploding in the night sky. It also shows the range of Katy Perry’s voice. Amazingly, she reached it. Although it lacks some backing sounds as the impact of the “fireworks” don’t necessarily show that much even after the serene beginning, this is still the best song there is in this album. Now, I’m excited for the music video of this third single. It’s nice that the best song is followed by the next best song of the album, Peacock. Peacock is certainly a fun, catchy, humorous song that screams KATY PERRY all over it. The first line is simple metaphor and if you don’t get it, you must be an innocent nun. I wanna see your peacock-cock-cock! Sounds like a potential cheerleader tune. Full-on personality on Peacock.
Circle The Drain is satisfactorily good, but it still goes down the drain with The One That Got Away. E.T. tries to keep the album up, but with an eerie vibe, it still goes with the other two tracks. Who Am I Living For is a good song that shows off Katy Perry’s vocal skills. The following track, Pearl is also good; however, it’s slow and it’s already making the album a bit boring as the flock of gloomy-sounding songs have lined up after the momentum built by the early tracks.
Thank god and Hummingbird Heartbeat brought back the fun with that opening You make me feel like I’m losing my virginity. It’s the penultimate track sadly and the album closes with Teenage Dream’s Thinking Of You – Not Like The Movies. It’s actually a breath of fresh air after all those hyped tracks. At least, the album ends in a slow refreshing pace.
With satisfactory tracks to impressive ones, I give this album a