2010 – Pop
Katy Perry reach the pop perfection that was beyond her time
In 2010, after released her first studio album “One of The Boys”, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, a.k.a. Katy Perry was releasing her second album, “Teenage Dream” the one which would give not just some problems with publicity, marketing and track list organization, but also the one which would make her the only woman to won the Billboard Spotlight.
Teenage Dream is a vision of Katy Perry to what is the perfect teenage. Since the parties up to the depression crises, Katy Perry work with the different kind of pop, not the one that was in the spotlights in 2000’s and 2010’s, but something that would become the most played in the Billboard 100. Different of Britney Spears, that follow the electronic and ultra-digital instruments that even sound a complete mess, Katy Perry opted for something more less exaggerated. It’s almost like If Katy was predicting what would become that 2010’s popular music.
The first track, “Teenage Dream” – the one which names the album, Katy Perry starts to describe a relationship saw by a Romanticism way: she found a guy that make her life better, sweeter and beautiful. However, when we look more forward in the album, we can see how everything turn up to the wrong way in “The One That Got Away”. I think that, with no intention, Perry built a love story under the covers or a background of something. You can see the start in the first track, when everything is great, then in “The One That Got Away” you watch the bad side of the story and before that, in the six track, “Circle The Drain”, Katy sings about all the down side of her lover, but not about the romanticism, but about the sex.
Being the pictures of this wall, we have songs like “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” that celebrates the days when you forget everything that when wrong and go nuts. “Firework” is a beautiful anthem about equality, self-love and accept the differences. Listening to this combo, you will also receive songs like “Peacock” that have an ambiguity in the lyrics and just sound dancing – nothing special. “ET” both solo and the collaboration with Kanye West have this futurist beat that still in sanity field and doesn’t sound as an overdose of pre created beats. Following the opposite line, “Who Am I Living For?” although talks about the force that we all have inside us, it has this futurist beat in the back of the Katy’s great vocals.
In “Pearl”, Katy talks about an abusive relationship of a man who overshadowed the brightness of Perry. This song could be a piece of the maze of the love story that Katy have building up in the backs – In fact, a love story that are going in the worst way, but, in the end, could end in the best of the best. However, in “Hummingbird Heartbeat” we have another picture in the wall, because now talks about the good side of the relationship. In fact, I think that this song represents that last good moments in the love story that are in decadence; or, in the last cases, when you start to get stronger after the storm. In the last track of the standard version, “Not Live the Movies”, Katy finished that Love Story in a sad way with beautiful vocals in the back that dance with a simple prom’s instrumental.
In the beginning of the review, I talk about the problems that Katy had with this album in reference of track list and publicity. In 2010, Katy released the standard version and the deluxe version of Teenage Dream. The Deluxe Version we don’t have new songs, just remixes, that in somehow is disappointed. But, in 2012, Perry release “Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection” that came with new songs in fact. However, in this 2012’s version we have songs that we don’t have in the 2010’s Deluxe Version, in the Complete Confection we don’t have some songs that are present in the Bonus Track Version released in 2010. In the end, we ended up with 3 versions when which one has a different track list and none of them have all the tracks.
Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection
2012 – Pop
The “Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection” isn’t that perfect. It starts with an acoustic version of “The One That Got Away” that breaks the experience of listening this full version. Despite that, this 2012’s version has a great songs, “Part Of Me”, in fact, this track is essential in the standard version because sounds like a great finishing for an album because talks about that everything that went wrong and now she is like “all this shit that you made, they won’t destroy my personality”. In this vibe, we have “Wide Awake” that would be a great album finishing because it also talks about being strong after the storm. To close the album, Katy shows two remixed version, one of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” featuring Missy Elliott; and “Tommie Sunshine’s Megasix Smash-Up” that is just another remix of everything that we have been listening in the album.
Despite the defects, Teenage Dream (all the version) is a great album. Katy mixed well the electronic and digital pop with some analogical instrumental and even when she put a lot of “futurism” in some track, nothing sounds exaggerated. The stronger point is the lyrics, since depression up to love and then parties, Katy used her power to describe everything well, with beautiful and strong vocals.