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Katy Perry’s new album hits stands

Written by: Isaiah Smart

Fans have been “roaring” since the debut of Katy Perry’s fourth studio album, “Prism,” on Oct. 18.

“Prism” is a trip of love, inspiration and youthful energy. The deluxe version offers three additional tracks: “Spiritual,” “It Takes Two” and “Choose Your Battles.” The lead single, “Roar,” opens the album.

Generally, albums either create a new sound or take on current trends, which Perry executes well.

“Roar” gives listeners the typical, high-powered Perry sound, but the second track, “Legendary Lovers,” takes on a more Middle-Eastern style.

Overall, the album has had good reception among critics. Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars, and Entertainment Weekly gave Perry a B+. On the other hand, Spin and the A.V. Club weren’t as impressed, giving the album five out of ten stars and a C+, respectively.

The downfall to this colorful presentation of art is its repetitiveness of choruses. This is a common pop trait as the music is infectiously catchy, but at times it can prove to be a little much.

I would say that Perry’s voice has grown. She sounds more mature than she did in her previous albums, and her content, although still a little repetitive, is more refined. I would give the album a three and a half out of five stars.

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