Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream CD Review
At seventeen years old, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson left her home in Santa Barbara, California to jumpstart her music career. After years of trial and error with different producers and labels, Katheryn Hudson, now known as Katy Perry, released her first major label LP One of the Boys on Capitol Records. The bubbly star rocked the stages of the Vans Warped Tour each night after the release and rapidly drew the attention of the media. A mere two years later, Perry has blown up to superstardom, ruling the airwaves and television screens. Teenage Dream, the sophomore release produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, C “Tricky” Stewart, and Greg Wells has a different feel than the pop star’s first album.
The opening and title track Teenage Dream is a pop anthem about young love. Right off the bat the listener can tell the drastic changes that Perry’s musical roots have gone through since her last album. Once rock ‘n’ roll, her style now reflects that of bubblegum pop. The song starts slow and progressively builds towards the sexually charged chorus. The catchy second single off the album shows that even though her style may have shifted, Miss Perry can still make you dance and sing along with her.
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) is a party track that sounds far too similar to a Ke$ha song. Singing of dancing on tabletops and taking too many shots is a storyline expected from the other queen of glitter, so this song may come as a surprise to Perry’s fan base. The auto-tuned anthem is a disappointment to fans looking for a song to dance to rather than a list of mishaps that took place at a party Katy can barely remember.
Katy goes back to her home roots in the song California Gurls. The track was the first single released off of Teenage Dream, and thanks to a perfectly timed release became a shoe-in for 2010’s summer anthem. The song is catchy and infectious, but like most of Perry’s top hits, nothing musically skillful or out of the...