It was a tall order to ask Katy Perry to re-reach the heights of Teenage Dream. After all, it was only the second album in history to see its first five single top the Billboard charts. Yes, the ex-wife of Russell Brand, the pop singer that put the va-va-voom in bubblegum, is the Michael Jackson of our era. Still, we didn't expect Prism to be so downright dull. Perry's secret weapon, songwriter Bonnie McKee, who co-penned "Teenage Dream," "T.G.I.F." and "California Gurls," is largely absent (only "Roar" sports her credit), and so are the undeniable hooks. The Harajuku Candyland aesthetics have been washed away as well, as the 29-year-old sways back to her early Xtian roots. "Spiritual" and "By the Grace of God" just don't get the juices flowing quite like "I wanna see your peacock, cock, cock!" That being said, we still expect her to be bulging out of latex onstage.
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