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Too much filler, too little killer...
on 21 October 2013
PRISM isn't an album that I'd call bad but it has way too many forgettable tracks on it to be classed as anything better then average - the 'filler' songs just make all of the tracks lump together and become empty noise. Also; I personally think that the way the soft-rock inspired instrumentals have been infused with dancehall synths just seems clumsy, so doesn't work for me on a lot of the tracks.
It's a shame - if she'd had fewer tracks on the regular edition, then the stronger songs would have saved the otherwise unmemorable ones, making Prism a 4 star album. Quantity doesn't make up for quality in this case.
Track-wise; the four most personal songs on PRISM [Unconditionally, Ghost, Love Me, and By The Grace Of God] are by far the best. These songs are all raw & emotional lyrically, the music on them doesn't sound as disjointed as it does on the other tracks, and Katy is vocally strong on them. Having said that I don't think they would make the best choices for singles, as they don't have a pop-friendly hook for radio. Unconditionally has been picked as the second single which I think is a mistake, I guess we'll see how it goes.
I'd class lead single Roar, This Is How We Do, International Smile, and the two pre-album releases Dark Horse and Walking On Air as above average. I don't find them as strong as my previous picks, but the lyrical content is interesting & catchy, and Katy's vocals are good - these tracks would probably be top picks for future singles, as they are what I think of as very radio-friendly.
The other tracks? Birthday is kinda cringy, and is memorable to me as it very similar to Rihanna's Birthday Cake - it's just less explicit. None of the remaining songs stand out to me in either a great or bad way, so I wish that I hadn't become caught up in the pre-release hype and had saved a few pounds by ordering the regular version instead of the deluxe version - I'm listening to the album as I write this and the three bonus tracks are all unmemorable, even after just listening to them.