Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Record Label : Capitol Records
Release Date: August 24, 2010
Both in the mainstream and the scene, sophomore albums can make you, or break you. This is no different for the beautiful Katy Perry, the pop act that took the world by storm in the summer of 2008 with her debut album One Of The Boys, and of course, the controversial "I Kissed A Girl". Although a mainstream act, Katy Perry is no stranger to the scene, as her relationship with Travis McCoy was often 'scene gossip'. Katy was also heavily exposed to the scene by performing in the 2008 Vans Warped Tour.
Regardless of your thoughts on Katy Perry, Teenage Dream is catchy, and will do nothing short of solidifying her place as one of the most successful Pop acts around. Teenage Dream is a type of album where most songs are potential singles. Yes, the album is that radio friendly and catchy, but it is what's expected of Perry. She promised a summer record, and she delivered it.
From the very first note of the album, it is obvious: Katy Perry can sing. The title track opening the album is the perfect example of that. The track shows improvement vocally and lyrically and it also sets the overall mood and theme for the whole album: a record about love, heartbreaks, a carefree life, boys, and girls having fun.
The production on the album is top notch, and it exceeds expectations. The album is well produced even when compared to other renown mainstream acts. The instruments and effects sound clean and fit the vibe of the record perfectly. The album features producers such as Greg Wells, who has worked with Perry before on the top 40 hit "Waking Up In Vegas" and Max Martin who co-wrote the huge singles "Teenage Dream" and "California Gurls."
The album includes a variety of tracks that are sure to keep the listener interested, or at least entertained. The album has potential singles (See: "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Last Friday Night", "Firework"), girl anthems (See: "Last Friday Night", "Peacock"), ballads (See: "Not Like The Movies"), slower songs (See: "Pearl"), and of course, filler (See: "The One That Got Away", "Hummingbird Heartbeat", "E.T", "Who Am I Living For", "California Gurls" & "Teenage Dream" remixes). Surely the amount of filler tracks will turn off a lot of potential listeners, but this is an album with no organization whatsoever. It feels like an album made for shuffle, as most tracks are potential singles. When listening to the album as a shuffle album, the filler tracks do not feel as bad compared to listening to the album in order, where the fillers bog down the album towards the middle.
Teenage Dream is an album that is even more than it strived to be. With an excellent team of producers it provides for a fun, catchy, well produced album with a somewhat decent replay value. Sure there is lot of filler on the album, but albums like this are meant to be played at parties, by the pool, on the radio, or during the drive to the beach. For music video enthusiasts, the album is sure to generate plenty of single music videos. For some, the album, or at least a few tracks, will be able to last until next summer.