ALBUM: Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"

Whilst the opening seconds of Katy Perry’s recent release, Teenage Dream, could have you thinking you’re listening to a slowed down copy of a certain Kelly Clarkson song, what follows is definitely and undoubtedly Katy Perry. Fun, youthful songs are what this album’s all about, the party vibe running strong throughout.

Beginning with a trio of upbeat tunes sets the album off nicely; these include the title track and the lead single, “California Gurls”, the latter being a certain highlight of the record.  The song, which features Snoop Dogg, is delightfully catchy and bouncy and has a wonderfully weird video to go with it. Definitely a video for the boys to enjoy, although this is by no means a bad thing! Another highlight follows, in the form of soon-to-be-released single, “Fireworks”. Again, a solid song, and one containing an almost Coldplay-esque chorus. The important factor here being that, unlike Coldplay, this isn’t ridiculously dreary and sleep-inducing.

Unfortunately the quality of the album deteriorates towards the end – the fantastic “Circle the Drain” and “Hummingbird Heartbeat being the last truly memorable songs. The former has Perry delivering a scathing performance, even bringing out the f-word, and it provides a welcome trip back down to Earth from the fluffy clouds the rest of the album most likely has you sitting on.

Overall a reasonable effort; had the quality been maintained throughout the album it could have been something special, however we’re left with a slightly-above-average, fun, girly pop record. Luckily, when it comes to being fun and girly, Katy Perry certainly knows what she’s doing.­