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'Teenage Dream' is the third studio album from American recording artist Katy Perry, and was released back in August 2010 following her hugely successful second studio album 'One Of The Boys' back in 2008. I have chosen to do my review based per song:-
1. Teenage Dream: As well as being the album title, it is the opening track from her 12 track album and was the 2nd single to be released from the album; it is a slow, romantic like ballad which is also catchy. Her voice sounds beautiful in these types of songs. The lyrics are also lovely, a brilliant start.
2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F): This song has a real young vibe to it, who most teenagers or young adults will relate to, it's lyrically about going out letting your hair down and then the next day regretting it but wanting to do it all again the following week. The beats are amazing, couldn't wish for a better 2 opening tracks. Was the fifth single to be released.
3. California Gurls: Was the first single to be released and was a smash hit everywhere released, she teamed up for Snoop Dogg for this pumping track which is full of fun and lyrically about a woman's sexuality. Love this one!
4. Firework: This song is a very positive, uplifting ballad song (dare I say it). It's concept is beautiful, about not caring what others think and just doing what you got to do. It's one of my favourites from the album, was also the third single to be released.
5. Peacock: This song just oozes sexuality, and is a repetitive sexually suggestive track with her singing "Are you brave enough to let me see your peacock?" and "Come on baby, lemme see what you're hiding underneath" she also emphasies the 'cock throughout. I could understand why people wouldn't like it but I find this the fifth consecutive track that I personally like.
6. Circle The Drain: This song is a dark song about not wanting to be with her lover anymore, she expresses how she feels like his mother watching over him all the time. Not the best from the album, but not a bad song.
7. The One That Got Away: This song is a nice song, and was eventually released as the 6th single, its lyrically about teenage lovers and they are no longer together but the love they once shared is still there. Loves it!
8. E.T.: Despite being released as the albums 4th single with Kanye West - luckily the album version doesn't have him on, I find this an unusual extra terrestrial song, but in a good way. The beat is so unusual and as you may have guessed from my other music album reviews I love them. So this is also a good track for me.
9. Who Am I Living For?: This song is definitely the albums boring track, for me personally - but for others who can relate to soldiers and war this could be their gem from the album. It's not a horrible song, but I do tend to skip this one.
10. Pearl: This song is probably most relatable to women, and is very empowering, lyrically it's about a man who's changed this young carefree woman into a shell of her former self. Not a bad song.
11. Hummingbird Heartbeat: This song is lyrically about having sexual contact with her lover, it's a catchy song with an equally catchy beat. I do like this one.
12. Not Like The Movies: This is a very soft and gentle ballad, which is lyrically about life, which she has discovered is not like the movies she watched growing up and it's tougher then expected. I do like this one, and it suits great as the albums closing track.
Personally, I love this album: I would only consider one of the tracks to be a miss, while the others are hits. I would recommend this for anyone, apart from children due to some explicit content - which obviously is stated with a parental advisory sticker. It's one of my favourite albums, and is not hard to believe this is the album which helped Katy Perry become the first ever woman to have 5 consecutive singles debut at #1 in America from one single album, and shot her all the way to superstardom.
Teenage Dream is the second studio album by Katy Perry. This album contains more of a variety than her previous one. I think that while some of the songs on the album are really good, there are a few that aren't quite as good as I was expecting.
The track listing for this album is as follows:
1. Teenage Dream
2. Last Friday Night
3. California Gurls
6. Circle the Drain
7. The One That Got Away
9. Who Am I Living For?
11. Hummingbird Heartbeat
12. Not Like The Movies
I really like most of the songs on this album. However, I would certainly say that "Peacock" is particularly unsuitable for children or young teenagers because of the content of the song. It's not exactly explicitly obvious with what it's talking about but it's fairly easy to guess, to be honest ;). I certainly wouldn't want any children that I know to be listening to it, anyway. It's a really catchy song though and I do like it. It's just not something that you'd really want to be singing in public either.
I like "Circle the Drain", even though it's somewhat depressing in terms of subject matter. I like the lyrics, although again watch out for listening to it around young kids because it does contain swearing and references to certain things that shouldn't be spoken about around children (for example alcoholics). It's basically a song about breaking up with someone due to the drink, which I certainly could understand having known several alcoholics. It's a very catchy song again. The only thing that I don't like about it is how it repeats random words. I feel that this can get a bit annoying, although in certain places (for example where it is repeating "911") I think that this works.
"Hummingbird Heartbeat" isn't the sort of song that I would normally listen to, or even remotely like. However, there's just something about it that I like. It sounds like the sort of thing you'd expert to hear on the Disney Channel or some corny kid's TV show. However, it's oddly catchy and the lyrics don't seem to be as bad with this song. I don't know what it is, I really don't. I just like it. Maybe I'm getting soppy? I don't know. But this is the only song like this I can honestly say I really do like.
I'm not so keen on "Who Am I Living For?" though, it's not particularly catchy and it's really slow compared to the other songs on the album. It's not what I was expecting from this album and I personally feel that it's somewhat out of place here. I would have removed it from the album all together if it had been my decision. As a stand alone song, it isn't so bad. I just feel it is completely misplaced within this album.
Overall, I think that this is a really good album. As I'm sure anyone who has read any of my previous music album reviews would know, it's nothing like what I would ordinarily review. It's nothing like the sort of music I would normally listen to. However, I do really like this album. I think that with a few songs removed it would be one of my favourite albums of the year so far.
I came across this album whilst I was living in New York where at my school everyone was obsessed with Katy Perry and I was almost forced to listen to her music because that is all I would ever hear.
I generally like pop music and think this was by far Katy Perry's best album. I learned a lot about her just by listening to this album, but mainly what I learned about her is that she is like all other females in the world and she just wants to have fun.
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Teenage Dream comes in the genre of pop which mostly appeals to the younger generation these days. I think Katy Perry has done a good job a mixing up the tracks on her album and giving everyone something to like. The album features Snoop Dogg on the song California Girls which I though was good because it brings Snoop Dogg fans to Katy Perry and also gives the song and album a wider audience. The album has songs that cover various issues such as love, having fun, being young and success. I think that having a variety of topics that tie in together makes the album very consistent when you listen to it and doesn't feel mix and match.
Teenage Dream is one of the best albums I've heard in this genre of music. The instrumentals, although mostly electric are perfect for the up-beat sound she was going for with this album. The album has the ability to make me feel happy and lively and just generally happy about life which I think is good when music makes you feel like that.
1 - Teenage Dream
2 - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
3 - California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)
4 - Firework
5 - Peacock
6 - Who Am I Living For?
7 - The One That Got Away
8 - E.T.
9 - Circle The Drain
10 - Pearl
11 - Hummingbird Heartbeat
12 - Not Like The Movies
On the album the are definitely a few tracks that stand out from the rest for me.
I think out of all the songs the most notable tracks is Teenage Dream because I think this out of all the songs is for everyone. The reason I think this song is for everyone is because when it was released it wasn't just the younger generation that fell in love with the song but I used to hear older people singing along to it also. The songs is much calmer and has a little more depth than some of the rest of the songs on the album. Teenage dream is about meeting the man of you dreams that makes you feel like your back at school in a young fresh relationship that is your world all over again.
The song is more calmer and more peaceful to listen to and it's one of those songs that you just relax and think about things whilst listening.
This song was for me another notable song from the album because it was and inspiring song with an excellent music video. I think this song showed young people and everyone that listened to the song that they can be whatever they want and they are worth as much as they want to be. The video I thought was good because she shows that less fortunate and less capable or even sick people can shine in life also. This song I feel is a motivational song for everybody that wants to achieve in life.
This song is for me a notable track because it's all about being free and having fun which people sometimes forget to do. This song puts me in the mood to have fun on weekends or whenever and it's a song that when I'm bored or sad I can get up and dance to. This song is for anyone that just wants to lay back and have fun. I do have to say that this song did get pretty annoying at the time of it's release because it was way over played.
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My favourite track was E.T because I liked the the futuristic feel to this song. This is always a song that I can listen to simply because it is different and uses a futuristic world and creatures to describe opposites being attracted to each other.
I did find the album cover to be slightly inappropriate since Katy Perry has quite a lot of young fans. The album cover features her naked the only place cover is her ass and it's with a cloud made of candy floss. Although you can't see anything I feel like that she should have at least has clothes of because young people that look at her as a role model may try and replicate the pose or feel it's OK to pose like that even though there young. It may also cause young people who see her as a role model to pose like this and post the pictures of social networking sites and the internet wear paedophiles are lurking. I don't know weather I'm over reacting but I think she is posed a little to provocatively for someone that has alot of pre- teen and young teen fans.
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The album Teenage Dream is available to buy on Amazon for £4.99 which I think is decent price and worth the buy.
Katy Perry is an American singer and she writes her own music. Her debut single "I kissed a Girl ' was a huge hit, especially because of the lyrics of the song and music video. She was launched around the world and received international fame. Despite its challenging single, she grew up very religious. Her real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, but she has changed the name because looks too much like Kate Hudson. Self she indicates that the band Queen and Alanis Morissette has the biggest influences on her music.
Katy Perry's second album, 'Teenage Dream' is an unstoppable force on the charts. While her debut was admittedly a bit patchy, with a few standouts, this album is really refreshing and I did not feel to skip the songs. The album is inspired by euphoric joy of pop bands such as Abba and The Cardigans. Katy Perry herself has written the songs on the album with the help of others of course.
The album begins with the title track, the warm romantic 'Teenage Dream'. Inspired by her ex-husband, Russell Brand, the song is about the joy of finding your partner with the same feelings of your first love in your childhood. The soft guitar and drum beats are a bit standard for the producers of this song Dr. Luke and Max Martin, but the sudden rush of the chorus gives you tend to quickly adjust the volume.
'Last Friday Night (TGIF)' is again a standard Max Martin and Dr. Luke, because the production sounds almost identical to Pink's "Raise Your Glass' song. But the saxophone solo in the middle and Katy's quirky lyrics help the song for sure. It is certainly a good party song with a good beat and some humor, which certainly makes good to listen to it.
The third song needs no introduction. "California Gurls" with Snoop Dogg was a big hit in 2010. Katy Perry wrote it as its own spin on Empire State of Mind, through her own dedication to California. The production by Dr. Luke has the song very mainstream by light autotune vocals and a bit too artificial production.
"Firework" is already became a huge worldwide hit, and it is not hard to see why. It is a club-friendly track with a good beat and a catchy chorus but one that I had heard several times in order to appreciate. I first heard this song with a live performance. It is especially a loud song, but a nice happy upbeat song with occasional quiet moments.
'The One that Got Away "is pretty standard in the field of production, but for me it is one of the hidden gems of the record. It feels more autobiographical and more seriously, a good break from the more up beat songs. It a surprisingly subdued pace and a nice melody which is certainly an addictive effect.
A surprisingly good album from Katy Perry. As mentioned earlier that I expect she would not long sustain and that only her first album would be a success, but really glad she continues with releasing good songs. It's a nice pop dance album and very catchy songs. It is an album that actually there is really no songs that I skip when listening. The songs fit well with each other here and there a few slow songs, but otherwise mainly good up beat songs. Five stars for this album by Katy Perry.
Teenage Dream is pop artist Katy Perry's third studio album and was released in 2010. This album has been really successful for Katy and has lots of amazing songs on it and has a real pop/dance feel to it.
There are a total of 12 songs on this album, here is the track list:
1 - Teenage Dream
2 - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
3 - California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)
4 - Firework
5 - Peacock
6 - Who Am I Living For?
7 - The One That Got Away
8 - E.T.
9 - Circle The Drain
10 - Pearl
11 - Hummingbird Heartbeat
12 - Not Like The Movies
This is a really sweet and nice song about being a teenager and experiencing the excitement of love for the first time, it has a really cool beat to it and I think that this song suits Katy Perry's voice perfectly. This song is really easy to listen to and starts off really slow and cool and builds as it comes to the middle, finishing with lots of energy, it is a really fun and sexy song.
This is a slower song with a real confident feeling to it, it is about learning to love yourself for who you are and not worrying about anyone else. This song really shows off Katy Perry's voice and just a really fun, motivational, beautiful song.
Last Friday Night (TGIF)
This is a really fun song about going out and having a crazy Friday night and waking up trying to remember what happened. This song has quite a comical feel to it, which has been brought through to the music video. This is the perfect song to get you pumped up for a night out and it always puts me in a good mood.
The Rest of the Album
There is a really good mix of fun sexy songs and more laid back emotional songs on this album, but overall it has a really sexy, cool, girly feel to it. I can't really fault any of the tracks on this album and I can honestly say I don't dislike any of them.
I am really glad I bought this album as there are quite a few music styles within it, some songs sound quite dance orientated and others have a real rock/pop vibe to them, this is quite a nice mixture and I don't really get bored when I am listening to this album because of this.
I also find Katy Perry really easy to listen to and she has a really nice voice that suits quite a lot of different music styles.
Price and Availability
I bought Teenage Dream in HMV in 2010 shortly after it was released for around £10 I think, but now it has dropped in price to just under £5, which I think is a really great deal for such a brilliant album. I have definitely got lots of listening out of my copy.
I think this is a fantastic album, I love Katy Perry's voice and there is a nice mix of both rock/pop and dance/pop songs throughout this album. I am really glad I bought this album and find it really hard to fault it, overall I would give this album 5 out of 5 stars.
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There are two editions of this album. The original one and the deluxe one. My deluxe edition contains two CDs and my case smells of cotton candy. Lovely! This is a great pop album and is full of classic pop tunes from Katy. It contains the singles Teenage Dream, California Gurls, E.T, Firework, T.G.I.F and The One That Got Away. It is a great pop album and features a mix of pop, dance, RnB and Electro-Pop. The album follows a similar route to Katy's debut, focusing on tales of lost love, girls having fun and relationship troubles. Everyone can relate to AT LEAST one song on this album. I can relate to about five!
There are a few songs that stand out to me but my favourite has to be Firework. This song has a deep and meaningful message, similar to Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. It is an inspirational song that makes you feel emotional and warm at the same time. It tells you that you are a Firework, that you are special and worthwhile. That YOU have a reason to be here, that you are a Firework (you are a bright light in the night sky). The video to the song was shot in Budapest and is just as beautiful and magnificent as the song itself.
A great pop album that lifts your spirits when you feel down. A great album to play at parties and one that all ages and generations can enjoy! It isn't offensive or explicit, it's just pure FUN and pop music at it's best.
A great follow-up to her debut.
After a less than convincing debut album to follow up the initial worldwide success of 'I Kissed A Girl',
Katy Perry's follow up really cements her place as one of the top female popstars. In terms of pure sales, she is not on par with the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga, but Teenage Dream can still be considered a global smash!
Lets face it, as much as we will never claim to be a fan of unoriginal pop music, there is always a place for good pop music and this is exactly what Teenage Dream encompasses. What I also love about Perry is that the never seems to take herself all that seriously and this comes across in her cheeky lyrics and even cheekier music videos.
It feels like this album has been around for ages, particularly as she has just released the fifth single, and my favourite track from the album - Friday Night - from it. California Gurls - the debut single from the album - really is the ultimate in good, catchy pop music. Personally, she didn't need the services of Snoop Dog (Though these days everybody seems to need a guest rapper to boost sales!). Title track, Teenage Dream and power pop song, Firework, are both classic radio tunes with their hooks. That said, Firework has now been officially overplayed and featured in way too many tv shows (you know which section of the song I am referring to!) The rest of the album fills up the time but is nothing to shout about so I think the single releases are the highlights from the album
After being partial to Katy Perry's earlier songs such as 'Hot n' Cold' and 'Waking Up in Vegas', I decided to purchase the Teenage Dream album off Amazon. This is her second album (at the height of her pop career) and I expected a CD filled with bubblegum filled songs to bop along to. It did not fail to disappoint though many of the songs appear to be far more than just catchy pop tunes. This was such a good album that it reaffirmed me as a fan and led me to buy tickets to her 'California Dreams' tour. Here is a list of the tracks:
01 - Teenage Dream
This is personally one of my favourite songs. 'Teenage Dream' starts off very light and delicate with minimal instruments playing in the background with it moving into a quite punch, heavily instrumental chorus. This song is essentially about someone making her feel like she is living out her teenage dream - a perfect romance. I enjoy listening to this song because it is a love song without being overly soppy which can be quite generic in the pop industry. 5/5.
02 - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)
'Last Friday Night' stood out for me as a really good album track before it was released as a single quite recently. This is a song that is not out of character for Katy Perry. This song is very much typical pop and is a very light hearted song. It is about Friday night antics and how it is hopefully going to be repeated again. This is a great song for parties for people to sing along to. Unfortunately, I have overplayed this as well as it getting a lot of airplay after being released as a single. 4/5.
03 - California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)
Again, Katy Perry does not fail to deliver what typifies modern pop. 'California Gurls' is in no way a deep and meaningful song and was probably produced to be a hit single and to be a song of the summer (2010). I love this song because it is a feel good, shallow song. Snoop Dogg (although not a fan of rap) improves this song and does not detract from its hit single qualities. This song is for anyone that enjoys a catchy song. 5/5.
'Firework' is the song on the album which is supposed to be one of those meaningful songs that should deliver the message of 'no matter who you are, you are fabulous'. It is in the same vain as Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful'. In my opinion, many of the lyrics do not make sense but it is quite a different song with heavier use of string instruments (e.g. violins) than in most pop songs. Initially, I enjoyed this song before it was released as a single and was one of her better album tracks. However, this song has started to grate on me because it has been overplayed as a feel-good song. This song will probably be appreciated when you need a pick me up. 3/5
This song is definitely one of the reasons why you would not buy this alum for your 7-year-old child. Full of sexual suggestions and innuendos with a chorus repeating 'Peacock' with much emphasis and repetition on the latter half of the word and singing the lyrics 'Come on baby, show me what your hiding underneath'. Initially a very catchy song when you listen to it through the first few times but then it will start to get annoying due to its heavy repetition. I would think this would be a popular choice of song for girls in their mid-teens as they would enjoy laughing at the lyrics. Because this song is so repetitive and too suggestive for all age groups, I cannot rate this highly. 2/5.
06 - Circle the Drain
'Circle the Drain' is one of the better album tracks on 'Teenage Dream' because one can tell how personal the song is to Katy Perry. The rockier tone compliments the relatively angry lyrics which are written about her ex-boyfriend Travie McCoy (of Gym Class Heros) and his drug addiction. The lyrics explain why she left him and if his relationship with drugs was different there could have been a future for them. I really do enjoy this song as it is quite different to the other songs on the album due to its rockier nature. 5/5.
07 - The One That Got Away.
Following the same tone as most of the album, this is obviously about one of Katy's teenage sweethearts. The song title gives you a pretty good idea of what the lyrics are about: the past with her ex-boyfriend and regret that things did not work out. It has an upbeat tempo but is not heavy on the instrumental which perfectly complements the singing. I like listening to this song but I would not recommend listening to this if you have just split up with a partner. 5/5.
08 - E.T.
For those of you who have heard the single version with Kanye West, the version on the album is just Perry's singing on the album without West's rapping. This song is about an 'alien lover'. This song has very odd lyrics with a very strange (yet fitting) electronic background. This song had to grow on me. To begin with, I hated this song and wondered why on earth was this going to be released as a single. The more this was played, the better it became. I personally find the album version better than the version featuring Kanye West. Still, this is not the best song on the album. 3/5.
09 - Who Am I Living For?
'Who Am I Living For?' is the album's most forgettable track and because of this my least favourite. This song is about war and the feeling probably felt by a soldier. Many who know someone in the army may enjoy this song because of its meaning. The prominent sound of this song is Perry's vocals where at various points in the song she demonstrates her vocal range. Unfortunately, despite its deep meaning, it is a song on the album I always skip. 1/5.
10 - Pearl
'Pearl' is a very meaningful song which I feel many women can relate to. Perry sings the lyrics about a woman who has been changed by a man who does not want her to be in any way superior to him. The 'Pearl' is symbolic of what the woman was. For me, there is an equal balance of vocals to the tune which makes the song somewhat uninteresting without listening to the lyrics. This is a song I listen to on occasion when I am in the mood. 3/5.
11 - Hummingbird Heartbeat
'Hummingbird Heartbeat' is an incredibly upbeat song and one of my favourite songs on the album. The melody is heavy but is nicely complimented by Perry's punchy singing. The song's lyrics are not really very deep and personal. Perry basically sings about sexual relations with a lover which again (like Peacock) shows this is not your regular pop album you can give to children. Despite this, 'Hummingbird Heartbeat' never fails to put a smile on my face on a bad day. 5/5.
12 - Not Like The Movies
No word describes this song better than 'delicate'. 'Not Like The Movies' is definitely what I would presume to be the most meaningful song on the 'Teenage Dream' album to Katy Perry. The song uses piano and gentle vocals which really gives you a feel of the importance of the song. As one could guess, Perry sings about how love is not how it is portrayed in the films. Although this song is a great one, I cannot listen to it on a bad day. 5/5.
Overall, this album is worth a listen to any pop fans. It is a mix of pop anthems as well as meaningful songs. If I were to put a theme to this album, it would definitely be romance and relationships. I can firmly say with this album, it is staying on my iPod.
I never caught on to Katy Perry when she first stepped onto the music scene with 'I Kissed a Girl' and it was only recently that I started taking an interest as 'Firework' was a beautiful song and most recently 'ET', which is uber catchy. So I decided to check out the rest of her album, having heard bits here and there, now finally I can hear it all.
At the time of writing, Katy Perry has four US No 1s with this album which is phenomenal.
The simple, stylish and fun album cover smells of candy floss which is a very nice touch which will definitely get people grabbing the physical version over the digital one. This is by far better than her first album cover which was colourful, but less stylish.
The album contains twelve tracks:
1. Teenage Dream 3/5
As catchy as this track is, that is all it is. An upbeat track which you can listen to on a Summer day on your convertible riding through the wind, nothing special.
2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) 4.5/5
Whilst 'Last Friday Night' has as little substance as Teenage dream, there is something different about it that gets you addicted from the first line. The raw lyrics and realism of the song; the relevance to modern day is to be praised. This is definitely a song you can listen to all the time for an upbeat boost.
3. California Gurls feat. Snoop Dogg 3.5/5
This is a good song had Snoop Dogg not come in and ruined it. Named the "Empire State of Mind" of the West Coast and a West Coast anthem, this fails to even skim the surface as an anthem.
4. Firework 5/5
The first meaningful song on the album, 'Firework' is about freedom and it definitely is one of the best and one of my favourites on the album.
5. Peacock 1/5
I guess I spoke too soon. Meaningful as 'Firework' was, that balloon popped the moment this came on. Utter rubbish. Lyrically cringing, musically shallow. NEXT.
6. Circle The Drain 3/5
Another upbeat track, but has less predictable riffs. It is also slightly darker in sound and tone. I quite like this side of Katy Perry, but this song doesn't go deep enough. I anticipate more of this in the future.
7. The One That Got Away 4/5
The introduction has a catchy beat which is followed by a far rawer sounding Katy, with less auto tune. This sounds more like Kelly Clarkson which is the right direction to go in my opinion!
8. E.T. 4/5
There is something quite disturbing about the lyrics. Is this song about alien sex? Regardless, this song is uber-catchy and is reminiscent of the sound of Russian two piece Tatu. This is somewhat unrelated, but the music video of ET is phenomenally pretty!
9. Who Am I Living For? 3/5
Another dark-ish song which stands out and shows Katy's shouty side. I'm not that fond of this song, though it is just bearable. It doesn't fit into this album though.
10. Pearl 4/5
A slightly mellower sounding vocal in the verses with an upbeat backing track. I quite like this song, it is different to the typical dance tracks you'd expect. It is a fine balance and this song hits the mark.
11. Hummingbird Heartbeat 4/5
The first beat already makes this song sound a lot like 'Teenage Dream' as it captures the same vibe. It is very dynamic and explosive, definitely contender to be the next single.
12. Not Like The Movies 4/5
The last track on the album again brings back some sort of meaningful lyric and mellow sound, which is a nice end to the album, perhaps drifting off to allow her next record to be slightly more meaningful lyrically.
SONGS TO LOVE- Last Friday Night, ET, Firework
SONGS TO SKIP- Peacock
The album can be bought for around £5 online and in stores.
Whilst there is good variation on this album, you could see why they released all the dance tracks as singles, hence obtaining the number ones. Those songs do not truly reflect this album as a whole, as there are a few hidden gems such as 'Pearl' and 'The one that got away' amongst obvious chart toppers 'Teenage Dream' and 'California Girls'.
There are moments in the album where you feel Katy is trying to break away from the shallow and meaningless lyrics of certain tracks to a deeper territory with tracks such as 'Not Like The Movies and 'Firework' which hopefully will be the obvious next step for Katy to advance her career. She can't write about 'Peacocks' forever!
Katy Perry's second album, 'Teenage Dream', has been an unstoppable force on the charts. Already yielding three enormous hit singles, the album surprised me be actually living up to its hype - a strong body of work that will please any pop fan. While her debut was admittedly a little patchy, with a couple of standouts, it's refreshing to listen to this album and not feel the need to skip any tracks. Inspired by the euphoric pop joy of bands like ABBA and the Cardigans, Perry's name appears as the lead writer on every track, as she experiments with enough producers to prevent any repetition of sounds, but not too many to distort the consistency of the sound of the tracks.
The album begins with the title track, the warmly romantic 'Teenage Dream'. Inspired by her newfound beau, Russell Brand, the song relates the joy of finding your soulmate to the same feelings of first love in your youth. The gentle guitar and drum beat are a little standard for Dr Luke and Max Martin, but the sudden rush of the loud, sing-a-long chorus manage to switch things up and turn this mellow track into a full-on anthem. "You think I'm pretty, without any make-up on/You think I'm funny, when I tell the punch-line wrong," she gushes sweetly, showing off her skills as a vocalist, as she explores her higher register. It's such a cheerful song, it really sets the tone for the album as an immensely listenable and mood-enhancing CD.
'Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)' is again, a little standard Max Martin and Dr Luke, as the production sounds almost identical to P!nk's 'Raise Your Glass'. Yet the throwback saxophone solo in the bridge and Katy's quirky lyrics help to lift the song from mediocrity. If released as a single, it'll surely become an anthem for every partying teenager on the planet. "Pictures of last night ended up online - I'm screwed" she sings before the chorus, listing her drunken shenanigans to the listener. Like most of her music, it's consciously tongue-in-cheek, so the combination of a really strong hook and humour make this a pretty fun song to listen to. Definitely one for the car, or getting ready to go out.
The third track needs no introduction. 'California Gurls' (which features the only guest vocalist on the album, Snoop Dogg), was the big, bright bubblegum pop anthem of 2010. Perry wrote it as her own take on Empire State of Mind (which made tribute to New York), by penning her own dedication to California. The production by Dr Luke, has since become very mainstream, and a little tired (every other pop artist out there is mimicking the sound), but the layered synths and lightly auto-tuned vocals work well, as the slightly artificial production ironically mirrors the content of the song. Definitely one of the most catchy cuts on the album, and still sounds good, regardless of how many times you've already heard it on the radio.
'Firework' has already been a huge worldwide-hit, and it's not hard to see why. The club-friendly track, showcases a European beat and a huge belting chorus. While I'm not sure that Katy has the pipes to pull it off entirely, the production manages to balance out the loud vocals. It's a really uplifting track about embracing who you are, and being prepared to show the world your true colours. Katy claimed she didn't want the song to be cheesy... I'm not entirely sure she succeeded with lyrics like "do you ever feel, like a plastic blag?", but I'll give her credit that it's not as saccharine as Lady Gaga's latest offering. It takes a couple of plays, but you really get hooked on this song. It's the perfect mood-lifter - so much so, you forget some of the poetic misfires in the verses.
'Peacock' evokes Gwen Stefani's earlier work, with tracks like 'Hollaback Girl'. The obnoxious handclapping beat and cheerleader style chant immediately gets stuck in your head. "I wanna see your peacock-cock-cock, your peacock-cock-cock". I'm not even sure if this classifies as innuendo, as surely most double-entendres attempt subtlety. Luckily, production-team, Stargate, manage to switch up the structure of the song and deliver the listener surprisingly melodic verses. Dirty, funny, quirky, catchy... and slightly ridiculous, it's a great song.
The most feisty moment on the album comes with the rock-flavoured, 'Circle the Drain'. It's great to hear Katy return to her guitar roots, and singing with a little more grit in her voice. Lyrically addressing her troubled relationship with singer, Travie McCoy, she directly sings about his drug addiction "I wanna be your lover, not your f-ing mother/Can't be your saviour, I don't have the power/I'm not sticking around to watch you circle the drain." The tough love feel of the song is fantastic, as you really feel Katy's anger and pain. It's really good to have a slightly more serious song on the album, just give the record a bit of balance. Definitely one of my favourites.
'The One That Got Away' is pretty standard in terms of production, but for me, it's one of the hidden gems of the record. Much like the previous track, it feels more autobiographical and serious, which perfectly compliments the more fun, uptempo cuts on the CD. "And in another life, I would make you stay/So I don't have to say you were the one that got away" Katy sings in the understated chorus, which has an irresistible yet surprisingly restrained tempo and melody. With a couple of listens, this one will have you hooked.
'E.T' is without a doubt, one of my favourites on the album. The stuttering rave-influenced ballad has really fresh production, with staccato beats and waves of synths. "Kiss me, kiss me/Infect me with your loving/Fill me with your poison", Katy begs in the chorus, in a song that is slightly darker than the rest of the songs on the album. The bridge is really magnificent though. She pushes herself as a vocalist and explores her upper register, and hits some really haunting notes that compliment the slightly unconventional production perfectly. Without a doubt, one of her best.
I love the shuddering, electro production on 'Who am I living for?' but the song is a little hit and miss for me. Katy's vocals are too thin to pull off the chorus, and in many ways, the lyrics about dealing with superstardom come across a little vacuous compared to far superior songs written by her other contemporaries on the same topic. I'm not sure it completely fits in with the other tracks on the album, so far me, it's about the only weak link in a set a pretty flawless pop tunes.
'Pearl' appears to deal with female empowerment, lamenting a strong, powerful woman being reduced to a hollow, miserable victim of love. "She was unstoppable
Moved fast as like an avalanche/But now she's stuck deep in some man/Wishing that they never ever met" she sings. Some of the metaphors are a little hit and miss, but ultimately, nothing to derail the impact of the song. I love the stripped back production and the gradually building tempo, it leads the song to a powerful close.
"You make me feel like I'm losing my virginity!" Katy declares on the opening line of 'Hummingbird Heartbeat'. A fun, stomping pop-rock track - it's one that is perfectly tailored to live performances. The pounding drums and the stadium-sized chorus are glorious, there is no other word for it. It's definitely up there with the lead singles from the album in terms of being catchy. It just has such an addictive melody, and flawless vocals. I can't find a bad word to say against it. I really hope it becomes a single!
I love the gorgeous piano lick on the closing ballad, 'Not Like the Movies'. "He put it on me, I put it on/Like there was nothing wrong/It didn't fit/It wasn't right" Katy sings in probably her most genuine and emotive moment on the album. The song is about unconventional love and how the unrealistic images of romance we are told mean nothing when you finally find the one. The song is really elegantly written, and doesn't ever feel like it's trying too hard. Katy's vocals are probably the best on this song than on any track she's ever done, because she keeps her pipes really restrained, and hits some hauntingly beautiful notes. A gorgeous way to end the CD.
Katy Perry is one of my little guilty pleasures. My main taste in music is rock and metal but she's just so catchy and fun that I can't help but like her and when this album came available although I didn't own her first album I downloaded this album for £5 from Amazon, bargain as well!
The first track on the album is her hit Teenage Dream, its so catchy you will find yourself bouncing around the living room and singing along, its got a great beat to it and its just very easy to listen too and cheer yourself up with after a long day at work or play it loud with the girls in the car! 4/5
The second track on the album is a bit more racy, about a Friday night party which is fuelled by sex and alcohol, its a good song, not as catchy as Teenage Dream although it does sound quite a lot like it! Bit more effort could have been put into this one to make it sound more different. Language not for the kids, might not want them singing "menage a trois" in the school playground!
Next two tracks are California Girls & Firework so another two of her singles from this album, I am not keen on California Girls, think Snoop Dogg ruins it but I love Firework, the lyrics on this song are ones I can really relate too, she sings about getting your life on track and always to look on the bright side of things and let change happen in your life.
Track 5 on the album is called Peacock and is just Katy singing about seeing a mans Peacock.....you can guess what shes on about! Its just a filler track and not very good but not appalling.
Track 6 is about her dealing with a boyfriend with a drug addiction, its got a lot of swearing in it, again not one for young ears but it has got a "rock" vibe to it and I like the heaviness of the music on it.
The rest of the album is pretty much along the same lines as the first six tracks, it goes from ballad to pop on each one but are all about men and how she has been affected by them in various ways, from falling in love to loves she has lost.
This is a good album if all you want is light hearted pop listening but wouldnt recommend it for kids to listen too and not if you like a lot of depth in all your music, a lot of the tracks do sound the same, it all blends into one. But Katy has a strong voice and shes gorgeous so I will let her off!
3.5/5 from me on this album.
Katy Perry's first album 'One of the Boys' was a MASSIVE success and an album i literally had on repeat for months on my ipod, in fact her first album was so good i was unsure she would be able to top it with her 2nd offering 'Teenage Dream'..... But she has!!! Heres what i think...
~Track 1 - Teenage Dream~
This song has been released as single and i can definitley see why, although its not one of her more outrageous and slighly risky songs it is definitley a great tune with a catchy chorus you just cant get out of your head. It really shows her vocal ability more than some of her other songs and is a great one warble to in the shower LOL. 10/10
~Track 2 - Last Friday NighT (T.G.I.F) ~
If this song isn't eventually released as a single i will be very shocked as it is definitley another of her classic pop tunes which like 'Teenage dream' is REALLY catchy!! Since downloading the album a few days ago this is one song i keep on repeating 10/10
~Track 3 - California Gurls- ft Snoop Dog~
I think this song was the first single off the album and although the song was pretty big and in true KP style is a catchy pop tune i'm just not a fan of this song. I dont know if it's justa case of it being overplayed on the radio or because its just not as quirky as her other songs but i personally dont rate it and usually skip this one. 4/10
~Track 4 - Firework~
Her most recent single from the album is definitley one of my favourites!! Firework is a great tune for over the xmas/new year party season (particularly if theres a karaoke nearby) Everyone will love singing/ dancing along to this one, and alot of the remixes i've heard for this are great in a club. 10/10
~Track 5 - Peacock~
Definitley trying to push the boundaries with this one as i cant imagine it being played on the radio without some complaints about the chorus!! Persoanlly i think it is quite catchy (although i wouldn't want to be heard singing along LOL) But overall a good upbeat song 7/10
~Track 6 - Circle the Drain~
Only listened to this song a few times since i got the album, it's not a bad song its just a bit forgetable as its not as catchy or unique as other songs. 4/10
~Track 7 - The One That Got Away ~
Reminds me a bit of 'Teenage Dream' and 'Last Friday Night' only it doesn't quite reach the smae peak as they do. A good little background song to play while your chilling out or getting ready etc but cant imagine it being released as a single or being played at a party or anything. 7/10
~Track 8 - E.T~
This is a bit of a weird one and i cant make up my mind if i like it to be honest. It doesn't really sound much like the rest of the album as theres just too much going on. 3/10
~Track 9 - Who am i living For ~
Again this one is a bit different from the rest of the album and i'm not convinced. It's just not as upbeat or memorable as the others. 2/10
~ Track 10 - Pearl~
This is definitley the ballad of the album and while it does show what a great singer she is its just not that great in my opinion she should stick to the upbeat party tunes as thats what she does best! 3/10
~Track 11 - Hummingbird Heartbeat~
Not a bad album track, definitley got a good beat to it and a few catchy lines but not up to her singkles standard. 6/10
~Track 12 - Not Like The Movies~
Another ballad. This ones much better than 'Pearl' as its alot softer a good relaxing chill out song and a good end to the album. 6/10
x Thanks For Reading x
The newly crowned Mrs.Brand, Katy Perry, returns with her style of infectious, catch laden and increasingly popular music for a second album "Teenage Dream" which not only builds on the success of her first but vastly improves.
Whilst 2010 seemed to be all about the might of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry was in the background rising in both popularity and chart success as she continued to build from her "I Kissed a Girl" days and debut album.
This collection kicks off with the summer smash, Teenage Dream, recounting a love affair in her younger days. With a perfectly pitched, upbeat pop track with a summery vibe it's a cracking way to start the album and a song most will be familiar with.
Perry continues with her anecdotal lyrics in the following track "Last Friday Night" telling the tale of a raunchy Friday night. Again a very summery, upbeat feel to the track which does not mess around and gets the hook right away. Perfect for parties and I would thought a possible single from the album.
The next two tracks follow and are ones everyone will know..."California Girls" and "Firework". Two of the biggest pop tracks of 2010. California Girls is a trendy, upbeat song that has dominated dance floors all year since release. The track, featuring snoop dog, is typical Perry fare, big vocals and a chorus which not only is instantly catchy but lets her personality shine through.
Then late in the year she launched Firework with a performance on X factor which launched the song into the charts where it has stayed all winter. A perfect, vocal led pop track with a chorus that will have you humming all the way to work and back! Perrys finest moment so far!
The rest of the album obviously finds it hard to live up to those instant classic pop tracks but in amongst the other of the 12 tracks on this album are such tracks as "Peacock" have a very Gwen Stefani/Black Eyed Peas feel, very modern and upbeat. "Circle the Drain" is a bit more rocky and throw in there a few standard slow numbers, a bit of europop and the usual range of Perrys catch laden tunes and you have a solid pop album.
Its easy to make a decision on whether this album is for you....if you like her singles you will love her album! It has plenty of diversity on it, solid pop hooks, good vocals and will have you listening for the best part of the year!
A decent modern pop album!
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I love Katy Perry's music! It is always really loud and fun, and singing along is great fun! I got the CD a couple of weeks after it came out and I am glad I did. To be honest what drew me in was the fact that it smelt like cotton candy! The CD and leaflet that comes with it is candy scented and it reminds me of what the smelly stickers I used to get as a child used to smell. I don't usually buy CD's but it has really good songs on that you can just leave playing if you are with friends whilst you all dance around the room.
My favourite songs are "Firework" and "Teenage Dream" but they are all good, it contains 12 songs;
1. Teenage Dream
2. Last Friday Night
3. California Gurls Feat. Snoop Dog
6. Circle the Drain
7. The One that got away
9. Who am I living for?
11. Hummingbird Heartbeat
12. Not like the Movies
All of the songs are really upbeat, and young. Katy Perry has a great voice and listening to any song by her is a pleasure, and this CD would be loved by most teenagers, not just girls but boys too. The cover is a painting of Katy Perry in a cloud, like in her video for "California Gurls". This is a CD full of great songs and I think if you are a fan of Katy Perry you should definately get it!
The new Mrs Brand really is a teenage dream! Katy Perry is one of my favourite artists at the moment. What I love is her kooky, unconventional style and just seems like a very fun girl and that she is having fun with what she is doing and not really caring about what anybody thinks of her. Katy Perry's real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson and she was born on 25th October 1984. She is an American recording artist. To me her music is very catchy and pop like and definitely something you really sing along too. Most of her songs tend to have quite catchy lyrics and it's usually about boys and relationships, issues like that. This was definitely true of her first album, One of The Boys and is most definitely true of this album, Teenage Dream.
Katy definitely appeals to the younger generation I think, not only with her catchy pop songs but also with her styling and cute candy filled pop videos. She has a very fun sense of dress and some of her stage costumes that she wears are really glittery and exciting. In the video to track three, California Gurls it has her in cute outfits with lots of sweets and candy all around her. She is also quite controversial as well which I think is always good when it comes to a recording artist although saying that in track 6, Circle the Drain she does use the F word and although I'm no prude I do think that when you release a song or album that is mostly aimed at younger girls/boys who see you as a role model there really is no need to swear and you could probably get your point across in the song with less of an offensive word but hey, that's just my opinion.
I think then this album probably appeals to a younger audience but is quite upbeat and fun and perfect if you want something for the CD player to keep you in a cheery, bright mood. I find most of the songs on the album quite fast paced and full off quick, witty lyrics that you learn quickly and love singing along with. The album Teenage Dream was released in the UK on August 30th 2010 and it debuted at number one with sales of 54,176.
I bought this album mainly because I love love love the third track California Gurls, being half Californian myself I can relate to the lyrics as Cali girls are awesome and fun although my daisy duke/bikini days are probably gone! This track features Snoop Doog who does a little rap in the middle, I love Snoop Dogg too and he really adds his own brand of coolness to this track. There is something very unique and cool about California and I think Katy has captured that feeling in this track to a T. One of my favourite songs in fact!
She recently sang track 4 Firework o the X Factor but like on there and also on the album I don't really like the way her voice sounds when she sings it, I find it a bit different from the other tracks but that's just my opinion.
The rest of the tracks are as follows:
1. "Teenage Dream"
2. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
3. "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
6. "Circle the Drain"
7. "The One That Got Away"
9. "Who Am I Living For?"
11. "Hummingbird Heartbeat"
12. "Not Like the Movies"
The album also features a bonus CD which has some remixes of California Gurls with famous DJ's and if like me you like this track then you will love these versions.
The album cover features a photo of Katy naked lying amongst the clouds and I think it's meant to depicit someone's teenage dream, it's very Katy and she does look very cute in it. Then inside there are more photos of her, again looking cute and there is also a songbook with all the words to her tracks which I love because it enables you to sing along!
All in all, definitely a fun album that I would definitely recommend.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Teenage Dream
2 Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
3 California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)
6 Circle The Drain
7 The One That Got Away
9 Who Am I Living For?
11 Hummingbird Heartbeat
12 Not Like The Movies
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 If We Ever Meet Again
2 Starstrukk (feat. Katy Perry)
3 California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Passion Pit Main Mix)
4 California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) [Armand Van Helden Remix]
5 Teenage Dream (Kaskade Club Remix)