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Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

Pop Landmark

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Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

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Whether you like this album or not, it is destined to be a pop music landmark. Katy Perry has emerged with commercial success that allows her to be mentioned in the same breath with Lady Gaga and Rihanna while battling with Eminem for the title of top pop star of summer 2010. "California Gurls" looks destined to be one of the top 10 hits of the year, "Teenage Dream" looks likely to follow it to #1, and if the rumored next single is "Firework," it could be a monster. These hit singles are just a sampling of the gems to be found here. Plenty of fans will take Teenage Dream to their hearts.

Covering the Pop Song Bases

Part of the genius of this album is that Katy Perry fearlessly wades into a number of crowded pop song categories and demonstrates she can come up with an instantly appealing and fresh new approach. "Teenage Dream" is a stellar love song that could easily provide a soundtrack to countless dates and even weddings. "Firework" is a towering anthem aimed directly at lifting self esteem. "Peacock" is a quintessential naughty but nice singalong. "California Gurls" nods at the Beach Boys while telling Jay-Z there is more to this country than New York's "Empire State of Mind." "Not Like the Movies" closes the album with a classic bittersweet tearjerker.

Katy Perry's Positive Pop Attitude

A truly standout quality of Teenage Dream is that Katy Perry is all about making her fans feel good here. She accomplishes the feat without being saccharine. Along that path, she enlists the help of such highly successful pop producers as Max Martin, Stargate, Dr. Luke, and Tricky Stewart. Most of the songs maintain a bright, open, airy sound which keeps the album from sounding cluttered. The focus is clearly on melody and the words.

Top Tracks on 'Teenage Dream'

  • "Teenage Dream"
  • "Firework"
  • "Pearl"
  • "Not Like the Movies"

Katy Perry Becomes an Enduring Star

This is the album that proves Katy Perry is an enduring contemporary pop star. Her album One of the Boys and breakthough hit "I Kissed A Girl" were not flukes. In fact, she wades in fearlessly here with few gimmicks or cheap attention getting tactics. All 12 tracks here are solid pop songs on their own. Her vocals are laid bare and words are delivered with impressive clarity. If this album failed, there was nowhere to hide sonically. Fortunately, Teenage Dream is far from failing. It is clearly one of the top mainstream pop albums of the year.

Released August 2010 by Capitol Records.

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