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September 30th, 2013
We’re all counting down the days till Katy Perry’s Prism comes out and by the sounds of the three songs we’ve heard from it so far — Roar, Dark Horse and Walking On Air, which was released today — we have no clue what to expect. But that’s what makes this such an exciting time for us and for Katy Perry.
Roar was the first single the pop star released to great success. Staying on point with her signature pop sound, the song’s uplifting anthem was anchored by a super-catchy chorus and bright, positive message that people immediately related to. The song went on to top the charts, beating fellow pop competitor Lady Gaga’s single, Applause. Even though critics liken the song to Sara Bareilles’ Brave, Roar was still a triumphant first single for Katy, keeping her fans satisfied while slowly exploring other sounds (the piano-synth hook is similar to that of indie-folk artist, Grizzly Bear).
Then came the singles from the left field.
Dark Horse was Katy’s second single and it sounds nothing like the singer’s past songs. A haunting track that dips its toes in the world of hip-hop and trap beats, this track also features rapper Juicy J who helps transform Perry into a crossover star who could appeal to fans of many genres. Whereas Roar was specifically eyeing the pop charts, Dark Horse allowed the singer to flex her powerful vocals in another direction and gain some hip-hop fans along the way.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Perry master the art of crossovers, though. Perry started off on a Christian music label and pop was not her first musical foray. Her ability to take on, adapt and dominate the pop charts via pop, dance and rap collaborators shows that she is not afraid to try her hand at other genres, but Dark Horse is one of the first times we see her completely submerge her voice in another environment and it’s clear that her voice is a great fit for all sorts of music.
Next came Walking On Air, yet another leap in sound. A dance anthem that finds itself somewhere between a ’90s club banger and house music realms, this track is tailor made for glam dance floors around the world. Again, it uses Perry’s voice in a way that’s different from her first two offerings and yet is still very effective and very successful.
Perry knows that her voice is adaptable to many sounds and environments and Prism may very well be a sampling of many genres. Guess that sort of fits in with the album title, no? Either way, we’re super excited to hear what else she has to offer and how everything ties together. It’s a little tough to tell with the varying singles we’ve been given so far, but you best believe that there will be something for everyone on Prism.Tweet