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Prism (Deluxe Edition)

Release date: 10/22/2013

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Track Listings

1. Roar
2. Legendary Lovers
3. Birthday
4. Walking On Air
5. Unconditionally
6. Dark Horse - Featuring Juicy J
7. This Is How We Do
8. International Smile
9. Ghost
10. Love Me
11. This Moment
12. Double Rainbow
13. By The Grace Of God
14. Spiritual
15. It Takes Two
16. Choose Your Battles

About the Album

Teenage Dream did its job. With its five number one singles, the 2010 album turned Katy Perry into a genuine superstar, the kind of musician whose image rivaled her music in popularity, the kind who could topline her own 3-D theatrical documentary, the kind whose name became shorthand for a sugar-pop sensibility. This meant there was only one thing left for her to do on its 2013 sequel, Prism: to make a graceful pivot from teen dream to serious, mature artist. Prism hits these marks precisely yet isn't stuffy, not with its feints at trap-rap, but even with the preponderance of nightclub glitz, there isn't a shadow of a doubt that Katy Perry has toned down her cheesecake burlesque, opting for a hazy, dreamy, sun-kissed hippie Californian ideal that quietly replaces the happily vulgar pinup of her earliest years. All the lingering nastiness of One of the Boys -- the smiling Mean Girl backstabbing of "Ur So Gay," for instance -- and the pneumatic Playboy fantasy of Teenage Dream are unceremoniously abandoned in favor of Perry's candy construct of a chipper, cheerful grown-up prom princess, the popular girl who has left all her sneering dismissals in the past. Perry remains a terminal flirt but she channels her energies into long-term relationships -- the sexiest song, "Birthday," is a glorious retro-disco explosion delivered to a steady boyfriend, while elsewhere she testifies toward unconditional love -- and the overall effect transforms Prism into a relatively measured, savvy adult contemporary album, one that's aware of the latest fashions but is designed to fit into Katy's retirement plan. Ultimately, this makes Prism a tighter, cleaner record than its predecessors -- there are no extremes here, nothing that pushes the boundaries of either good taste or tackiness; even when she cheers on excess on "This Is How We Do" she's not a participant but rather a ringmaster, encouraging her fans to spend money they don't have just so they can have a good time. Ultimately, this sense of reserve reveals just how canny Katy Perry really is: she's determined to give her career a dramatic narrative arc, eager to leave behind the bawdy recklessness of her early years in favor of something that's age appropriate. That's why the lead single from Prism was "Roar," an homage to Sara Bareilles so transparent that the singer/songwriter may deserve co-credit: the inspirational adult contemporary single signaled how Perry no longer views herself as a fluffy confection but rather a showbiz staple who'll be here for years and years, and Prism fully lives up to that carefully constructed ideal. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Artist: Katy Perry
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.16
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44
Walmart No.: 000000000
UPC: 0060253753233

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Rated 3.8 out of 5★ by 6reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Really good. Prism is definitely one of Katy's best CDs. Highlights are Walking On Air (very 90s dance pop), This Is How We Do (fun song), and Love Me (good beat). 10/18/2013
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Shine like Prism! Where do I start with one of 2013's most anticipated pop albums? I've listened to the entire album more than 10+ times now since it was released early (Oct. 18, 2013) in Germany. (Plus, it is now streamed early on I-Tunes).On Prism, Katy seems less sexually motivated and more in tune with spiritual energy compared to her previous album, Teenage Dream, and back to her once Christian roots. The "Get your heart racing with my skin-tight jeans" and "The boys break their necks trying to creep a little sneak-peek" has been replaced with somewhat courageous lines such as "Louder than a lion, cause' I am a champion, and you're gonna' hear me roar" (first single and album opener, "Roar") and "I will love you unconditionally. There is no fear now. Let go and just be free." (track 5 - Unconditionally). This approach is certainly a positive change for me, especially since most mainstream pop music these days tend to promote partying and chtty-chitty-bang-bang.I still can't help but feel like Prism is a bit on the 'safe' side though. As a whole, the entire album is easily digestible with different styles of music such as the trap-rap of "Dark Horse" (track 6 - featuring Juicy J), champagne popping Prince / upbeat Madonna 'Cherish' moment, "Birthday" (track 3), which throws you into some kind of cheesy party thrown by sweet sixteens, and "Legendary Lovers" (track 2), which has a Buddha vibe that makes me want to take out my mat and bust out yoga. But still, in the end, I'm left feeling like Prism is a experience that is somehow artificial. It's good but I don't seem to crave wanting more of it.In my opinion, the strongest streak comes towards the end: "Love Me" (track 10) where she sings 'sometimes I wish my skin was a costume that I could just unzip, and strip', to "This Moment" (track 11) reminiscent of out-of-the-left-field artsy transformation of Robyn (easily my favorite track of Prism), to "Double Rainbow" (track 12) written by Sia. And the album (standard) ends with "By the Grace of God" (track 13).There are three more tracks for the deluxe purchaser (two of which are strong and should have been included on the actual album): "Spiritual" (track 14) which is co-written by her current beau, John Mayer, and "It Takes Two" (track 15) a slight sequel to Who You Love from his latest album Paradise Valley. Forget about "Choose Your Battles" (track 16) as I think it is the worst.If I had a choice, I'd give it 3.5 stars; but since I can't, I will give it four stars just because the topic Katy covers on this album is encouragingly positive. But for that 5 stars, she'll need a little more risk and few digs deeper into her heart. 10/19/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great CD Great CD 11/02/2013
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Awsum Album Katy rocks awsum Album love u KAT <3 10/27/2013
Rated 1 out of 5★ by Error 2 Message when inserted This CD does not play in my multi-changer in car.... after several ejects and inserts, it finally started. Then it skipped from song 2 to song 11...I am very disappointed I waited 2 weeks to get this recording and now it has not even been tested before shipping.Poor Quality CD 11/22/2013
Rated 3 out of 5★ by ok There are only 3 or 4 good songs. I would just get those on iTunes. 10/30/2013
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