[Album Review] Katy Perry’s “Prism”

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Katy Perry portrait
Katy Perry stays cool and relevant without falling to the dark side. She’s pictured here attending the UNICEF Snowflake Ball 2012, which raises money for protecting children’s rights around the world.

In the sad pop culture era of Miley Cyrus, whose barely disguised cries for help continue to turn eyes, ears, and money towards her fallen angel diva antics, it’s nice to have Katy Perry around. Ya, she might not be doing anything terribly original and her lyrics might sound like the sort of feel-good-sayings you’d find in a fortune cookie, but you know what? I’m okay with that.

I’m totally okay with a pop icon actually trying to be positive, uplifting, and encouraging, while keeping her clothes and self-respect in one piece. You know, like the kinds of beautifully simple, uplifting girl-power songs in her latest album Prism that just released.

Riding high on the wings of her successful hit single “Roar,” Perry’s Prism delivers a mix of 80s and 90s bubblegum pop, from her playfully enchanting “Dark Horse” come-hither-if-you-dare lyrics to the heartfelt “Legendary Love.”

It’s all rather innocent, like a late 20s girl slowly moving away from the party-hard scene to a more relaxed and wise maturity, but I dig it. After all, she could have taken a left turn at crazy town like Cyrus, and we’re very thankful Perry stuck to her nicely polished guns.

Pulling a bit of inspiration from Taylor Swift for the breakup song “Ghost,” she drops not-so-subtle lyrical hints about how comedy star Russel Brand dumped her with a text, singing “You hit send / And disappeared in front of my eyes/ ….”

However, rather than becoming some tragic mess after her divorce from Brand, Perry has chosen to focus on the positive. She also does it without going overboard into soldier girl territory, by focusing more on keeping it classy. Take the heavenly piano ballad “By the Grace of God” with its soulful acceptance of pain.

Now, don’t expect Perry to take a nosedive anytime soon into the realm of madness like many of her fellow pop stars. In fact, if you happen to be an oldies Joni Mitchell fan, Perry plans on aging gracefully, because she recently told Billboard magazine she’d like to “turn into more of a Joni Mitchell” as she gets older. That’s a lot better than Cyrus, who seems to be turning into more of an abandoned train wreck as she gets older.

So, while you might not like Perry’s average singing abilities when she performs live, and while her lyrics could seem old-fashioned, I think the world needs a lot more down-to-earth gals like her. There’s a reason positive role models like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Hillary Duff never go out of style and are beloved by young fans and adults alike. Classy is always in style, and while it might not grab headlines like the sort of trashy behavior that gets attention these days, it will always win the marathon. Before you send that next Instagram, ask yourself – are you following in the footsteps of inspiring grace or of self-destruction? Our actions count.

Our final verdict? A+.

Featured image courtesy of Katy Perry on VEVO.