Their thoughts: It’s been a long time coming, but it’s definitely different. "Moodier". Critically speaking, Katy Perry can be an easy target, but guess what: she really freakin’ good at making pop songs. The best part is the “juvenile glee” parts of this album evoke, but whether the good outweighs the bad, to some, is up for debate.
Our thoughts: First off, “Dark Horse” was wonderful. It’s a perfect example of what Perry said she was going to try to do with the album: avoiding what people expected. Then you have tracks like “Roar” that are way more “classic Katy Perry.” And then there’s “By the Grace of God,” which is way out of left field. In fact, it’s kind of all over the place. But maybe the multi-style approach is the point—it is called PRISM, after all. Also, why is thing so damn long? Just cause Justin Timberlake feels the need doesn’t mean that the entire industry needs to follow suit.
Conclusion: It may not be the most memorable candy cane you’ve ever bitten into, but it sure has flavor and is definitely the sweetest thing we tasted all week.