The diva has done away with her multi-coloured wigs and cupcake costumes, dyed her hair black and written (alongside songwriters including Emeli Sandé and Sia) an entire record about how independent a woman she is. It might not be an original subject, but it makes a welcome change from the teen naivety and frivolous sexcapades of old.
Perry’s made it very clear she’s now ‘dancing to her own beat’ (so she sings on ‘International Smile’), albeit one that amalgamates a few influences. Disco, for instance, is all over ‘Prism’ – the only exceptions being the standard-fare piano ballads, such as post-divorce confessional ‘By the Grace of God’. Vocally, Perry is, by her own admission, going for a form of ‘Mariah Carey-oke’ – and she achieves it. Her singing is stronger and more emotional than ever before.
Don’t be fazed by all this change, though, because ‘Prism’ keeps Perry exactly where she has been for a while – at the top of the charts. It might be KP’s most grown-up album, but there are still enough pop hooks here for her to hang her entire wardrobe on. Buy this album here
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The Blues Kitchen Camden
This lively, contemporary bar-diner on the main Camden drag celebrates American musical heritage in song (live shows, DJs, free harmonica lessons), spirits and sustenance. The food is all-American in spirit and substance, with barbecue and burgers featuring prominently. Though you can, if you insist, order a 'superfood salad.' There are around 50 bourbons in a variety of categories, some used as bases for cocktails. Rarer types (Blanton’s Gold, Sazerac 18-Year-Old Rye, Woodford Reserve 1838 Sweet Mash) go for a tenner or more, but otherwise you’ll be paying £3.50 to £6. ‘America’s native spirit’ is how Kentucky bourbon is described, with Ancient Age and Evan Williams typical examples; Tennessee, ‘the first cousin of Kentucky’, is honoured with a full suit of Jack Daniel’s labels.
Venue says: “Free birthday bubbly for parties booking in for drinks at Blues Kitchen Camden on Friday nights. Get in touch for more details.”