Released October 2013
Rating: 4 / 5
She is one of the greatest stars of the last years indeed. Her multiplatinum albums and many number one hits make her a legend already. Fans and non fans were anticipating for this album for quite a while and the results are extremely good.
"Prism" in fact is a prism of Katy’s points of view on many things. While not as cheerful and "let yourself go" as "Teenage Dream" this album shows a maturity both musically and personally that were perhaps unexpected for everyone. She has gone through a lot in the last few years and all is reflected in the music of this album.
While the carefree songs were of course a basic part of this album, she now turns into her roots as a Christian pop singer and the album has a turn into spirituality that was perhaps not what anyone were waiting for, but she does it with grace and style and although it might feel out of place in the first try, once you give it a second or third time you realize how interesting it is. Back to those carefree songs, there are some great party moments here, with some tracks having a decided disco flavour that fits fantastic with her voice.
While not a perfect album, this is in fact a collection of songs by a woman that is here to stay. While she has had her share of controversy, she is not relying on it to demonstrate what a great artist she can be. Hopefully those fans expecting this to be a “Teenage Dream part II” won’t feel disappointed, because this album is not, at all, such thing. Katy still pushes the boundries and use a lot of humour in her music, but that turn to her spiritual part is, although unexpected, as good as the cheerful diva we have heard in the past. Highly recommended, not only for her commercial performance, but because this album has a lot of things to discover and enjoy: it’s fun, it’s catchy and -surprise- spiritual. It seems that Katy’s prism has many faces…
The Highlights: "Roar", "Legendary lovers", "Birthday", "Walking on air", "This is how we do", "International smile", "Ghost", "Love me", "Prism"