One Of The Boys

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One Of The Boys

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Listening to Katy Perry's debut, One of the Boys, it's easy to assume she'll do anything for attention, and a close read of her history proves that suspicion true. Prior to her transformation into a teen sensation, Perry was a Christian singer operating under the name Katy Hudson -- an appellation a little bit too close to Kate Hudson, so she swapped last names and started working with big-name producer after big-name producer, cutting sessions with Glen Ballard and then the Matrix. That was enough to get buzz touting her as a next big thing in 2004, but not enough to actually get a record into the stores, a nicety that often proves invaluable for wannabe pop stars. Given this long line of botched starts, maybe it makes sense that the 24-year-old is singing with the desperation of a fading burlesque star twice her age, yet Perry's pandering on One of the Boys is startling, particularly as it comes in the form of some hybrid of Alanis Morissette's caterwauling and the cold calculation of Britney Spears in her prime. This fusion is no accident, as Perry works once again with Ballard, the producer behind Alanis' breakthrough Jagged Little Pill, and Max Martin, the writer/producer of "Baby One More Time" -- and that's just for starters! She also brings aboard Desmond Child to give "Waking Up in Vegas" an anonymous anthemic pulse, Dave Stewart to give "I'm Still Breathing" a Euro sheen, and Butch Walker to amp up the amplifiers, giving her a different sound for every imaginable demographic. All the pros give One of the Boys a cross-platform appeal, but there's little question that its personality is all down to Katy Perry. She disses her boyfriend with gay-baiting; she makes out with a girl and she doesn't even like girls; she brags to a suitor that he can't afford her, parties till she's face-down in the porcelain, drops brands as if they were weapons, curses casually, and trades under-the-table favors. In short, she's styled herself as a Montag monster. Perry is not untalented -- she writes like an ungarbled Alanis and has an eye for details, as when she tells her emo metrosexual boyfriend to hang himself with his H&M scarf on "Ur So Gay" -- but that only accentuates how her wild-child persona is an artifice designed to get her the stardom she craves. Maybe if the music were as trashy as the style, she could get away with it, as it would have been a junkie thrill, but that's where all the high-thread-count producers actually work against One of the Boys. But the real problem is not with Katy's gender-bending, it's that her heart isn't in it; she's just using it to get places. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

About this item

Listening to Katy Perry's debut, One of the Boys, it's easy to assume she'll do anything for attention, and a close read of her history proves that suspicion true. Prior to her transformation into a teen sensation, Perry was a Christian singer operating under the name Katy Hudson -- an appellation a little bit too close to Kate Hudson, so she swapped last names and started working with big-name producer after big-name producer, cutting sessions with Glen Ballard and then the Matrix. That was enough to get buzz touting her as a next big thing in 2004, but not enough to actually get a record into the stores, a nicety that often proves invaluable for wannabe pop stars. Given this long line of botched starts, maybe it makes sense that the 24-year-old is singing with the desperation of a fading burlesque star twice her age, yet Perry's pandering on One of the Boys is startling, particularly as it comes in the form of some hybrid of Alanis Morissette's caterwauling and the cold calculation of Britney Spears in her prime. This fusion is no accident, as Perry works once again with Ballard, the producer behind Alanis' breakthrough Jagged Little Pill, and Max Martin, the writer/producer of "Baby One More Time" -- and that's just for starters! She also brings aboard Desmond Child to give "Waking Up in Vegas" an anonymous anthemic pulse, Dave Stewart to give "I'm Still Breathing" a Euro sheen, and Butch Walker to amp up the amplifiers, giving her a different sound for every imaginable demographic. All the pros give One of the Boys a cross-platform appeal, but there's little question that its personality is all down to Katy Perry. She disses her boyfriend with gay-baiting; she makes out with a girl and she doesn't even like girls; she brags to a suitor that he can't afford her, parties till she's face-down in the porcelain, drops brands as if they were weapons, curses casually, and trades under-the-table favors. In short, she's styled herself as a Montag monster. Perry is not untalented -- she writes like an ungarbled Alanis and has an eye for details, as when she tells her emo metrosexual boyfriend to hang himself with his H&M scarf on "Ur So Gay" -- but that only accentuates how her wild-child persona is an artifice designed to get her the stardom she craves. Maybe if the music were as trashy as the style, she could get away with it, as it would have been a junkie thrill, but that's where all the high-thread-count producers actually work against One of the Boys. But the real problem is not with Katy's gender-bending, it's that her heart isn't in it; she's just using it to get places. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Specifications

Artist: Katy Perry
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 06/17/2008
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.22
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.39 x 5.04 x 5.61
UPC: 0509995042492
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Track Listing

1. One Of The Boys
2. I Kissed A Girl
3. Waking Up In Vegas
4. Thinking Of You
5. Mannequin
6. UR So Gay
7. Hot N Cold
8. If You Can Afford Me
9. Lost
10. Self Inflicted
11. I'm Still Breathing
12. Fingerprints
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My Guilty Pleasure
12/31/2008

Customer review by SunshineGirl85

5.0 stars 12/31/2008 by SunshineGirl85
by SunshineGirl85

Bought this item at my local Walmart, and all I can say is I love it! Her music is so fun and catchy, you can't help but enjoy the album! I would buy it again.

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SunshineGirl85
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Great price,Love Walmart!!
11/18/2011

Customer review by lasdwife

5.0 stars 11/18/2011 by lasdwife
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Got this and other CD's for my daughter whom loves Katy Perry. Can't go wrong with these prices and the shipping was super fast. Thanks!!

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lasdwife
CA
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Great album
10/25/2013

Customer review by Curlycow54

5.0 stars 10/25/2013 by Curlycow54
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Katy Perry is a great singer and entertainer, and she truly delivers on this album.

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Curlycow54
Eureka, CA
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GREAT CD
1/26/2009

Customer review by BUYEROFALLTHINGS

5.0 stars 1/26/2009 by BUYEROFALLTHINGS
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THIS CD IS GREAT! I REALLY DONT LISTEN TO ALOT OF ROCK, BUT THIS CD HAS CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT THAT. USUALLY YOU BUY A CD AND MAYBE LIKE 2 OR 3 SONGS ON IT, I LIKE EVERY SONG ON THIS CD, SO IF I MUST SAY THIS CD WAS WORTH EVERY BIT OF MY VALUE!!!

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BUYEROFALLTHINGS
HOUSTON,TX.
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Age:25 - 34
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Amazingly amazing
6/17/2008

Customer review by kmusicb

5.0 stars 6/17/2008 by kmusicb
by kmusicb

Katy Perry is going to be like the next madonna her music is something that every teenage girl can realate to.

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