Even though “Roar” is one of the biggest pop hits of the fall so far, and her new album seems ripe for potential follow-up smashes, Katy Perry’s PRISM hasn’t sparked much in the way of conversation. The record largely reflects the complacency of superstardom – Perry never transcends the power-pop brilliance of “Teenage Dream” or even the candy-coated delight of “California Gurls.” She seems content to insert herself into styles that mainstream radio currently favors (light hip-hop, disco, anthemic “inspiration”) without injecting the personality and flavor that made her last album Teenage Dream consistently entertaining despite its formulaic origins.
I reviewed PRISM for The Eagle‘s latest Album Reviews Brew. Perhaps Lady Gaga’s upcoming album will provide music that inspires discussion, rather than the passively inviting material here. Check out my review here.