Album Review: Katy Perry’s ‘PRISM’
The pop singer’s latest release is prismatic in every sense of the word
It’s been more than two months since Katy Perry set fire to her “Teenage Dream”-era blue wig and buried her “California Gurls” lollipop costume, promising a new, dark sound. Her new album, PRISM, is exactly what was promised.
PRISM starts off similar to the bubbly, upbeat, whipped-cream-bra-wearing Perry we saw in Teenage Dream with songs like “International Smile” and “Birthday.” She also manages to preserve her ever-present sense of humor, singing, “So let me get you in your birthday suit / It’s time to bring out the big balloons.” (Subtle, Katy.)
But it isn’t long before the album shifts toward a more grown-up Perry. A more personal Perry. A darker Perry.
Lyrically, PRISM is a huge step into more mature ground. From lines like, “Sometimes I wish my skin was a costume / That I could just unzip,” to “Thought I wasn’t enough / Found I wasn’t so tough,” Perry explores the darker subjects of insecurities, love, loss and moving forward.
With songs such as “Ghost” and “By the Grace of God,” she raises a not-so-subtle middle finger to Russell Brand and lets down her cute, glittery guise, showing us the person behind the pop-diva persona.
PRISM proves that Perry’s not a daydreaming teenager anymore. She’s come a long way from singing about peacocks and kissing girls.
MOVE gives PRISM 4 out of 5 stars.