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Album Review: Katy Perry - Teenage Dream


(Captiol Records)

Katy Perry is not the most amazing singer in the world, and her lyrics often aren't what anyone would ever call "deep," but have either of those ever really been important factors in pop music? The simple fact is that Perry exploded on the scene with playful tunes in 2008 with One of the Boys. The world embraced hits like "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold," so does she keep it up this Tuesday, August 24 with the release of her second album, Teenage Dream?

The first single, "California Gurls," has been one of those inescapable summer hits, and it boded well for the rest of the album. This is the sort of song we've come to expect from Katy Perry, and she pulls off that sort of silly mix of flirty and fun so well. This attitude is certainly not absent from the new record. "Peacock" is a particular gem in this regard, but there are also moments that are horrible failures. "Circle the Drain," which immediately follows, and "Pearl" almost seem a little too serious, and they just doesn't work.

Fortunately, even when Katy Perry starts wallowing with almost emo-quality lyrics, she still manages to do so to a good beat (usually). Plus, there are enough good songs on Teenage Dream to carry the duds. Perry may not have completely avoided the sophomore slump, but perhaps she's just trying to slightly skew her freshman party image--though considering what we've seen from her on television appearances, she's not going to be able to shed it any time soon.

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