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Prism Play

The fourth album from the pop singer/songwriter superstar is the follow-up to her 2010 number one hit, Teenage Dream. Created in collaboration with a host of artists and producers -- including Sia, Diplo, Max Martin, Bloodshy, and Emeli Sandé -- the album is inspired musically by Robyn, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Prince, and lyrically by her past relationships. The tongue-in-cheek single "Roar," mixing hip-hop beats with '80s power ballad tropes, is the first single out of the box., Rovi

One of the Boys Play

Katy Perry distills every reprehensible thing about the age of The Hills into one pop album. She disses her boyfriend with gay-baiting; she makes out with a girl and she doesn't even like girls; she brags to a suitor that he can't afford her, parties till she's face-down in the porcelain, drops brands as if they were weapons, curses casually, and trades under-the-table favors. In short, she's styled herself as a Montag monster. Perry is not untalented -- she writes like an ungarbled Alanis and has an eye for details -- but that only accentuates how her vile wild-child persona is an artifice designed to get her the stardom she craves. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Teenage Dream Play

All Katy Perry wants is the spotlight, and she’ll follow the path of others to get there, raising eyebrows à la Alanis, strutting like Gwen Stefani, and relying on Britney’s hitmaker Max Martin for her hooks. She never breaks away from the expected lite club beats that transition from day to night without a hitch or the chilly, stainless steel ballads designed to lose none of their luster on repeat plays. Perry acknowledges some trends -- she salutes KeSha on “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” replicates Ryan Tedder’s glassy robotic alienation on “E.T.,” but tellingly avoids ripping off Lady Gaga. Perry is at her best when she’s delivering sleek singles like “Teenage Dream” and “Hummingbird Heartbeat” with efficiency. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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