One Of The Boys

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One Of The Boys

Release date: 06/17/2008

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Track Listings

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

About the Album

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
Artist: Katy Perry
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.22
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.39 x 5.04 x 5.61
UPC: 0509995042492

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5★ by 30reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Amazing album I bought this CD for my daughter and she loved every min of it. I recommend this because Katy is a very nice singer 07/14/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by nice music nice to listen to 03/29/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Katey Perry I love this girl. I especially like "I kissed a Girl," but the album is really great. If you like Katey, try it you'll like it. 07/02/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Good Tunes I love this CD. It was at a great price and It is so good. It's not everyone's taste, but if you like her single I think you will like her CD. 06/23/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Loved the cd was everything expected it to be way to go katy perry 01/29/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Katy Perry does it again I love this Album, great second effort for Katy. It is filled with great pop songs to sing along to, and California Gurls will be the song of the summer. Every Katy fan should buy this album they will love it check out the video - PB 05/21/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by awesome album! ever since katy perry came out I have been a big fan. she is very creative and makes good music. :) 03/31/2012
Rated 3 out of 5★ by Fair value This Cd has about 2 songs on it that I truly love! So its about average for a new artist. 06/25/2008
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