Author: Erin Turner
Katy Perry returns with her fourth studio album ‘Witness’. And hopes it’s a little different from her past projects.
Katy Perry is not new when it comes to being at the top. Especially charting nine hits since 2008 with her poptastic songs. This time around the artist is giving listeners a new ‘darker’ sound for her latest album release ‘Witness’. But the question is, did it work? Did she try to fix something that wasn’t already broken and did it work for her? Her “I Kissed a Girl” and “Teenage Dream” hits were perfect for the persona that she was trying to create. Many questions if this transition is permanent and if it will tarnish her originality.
Throughout the album, it bounces from different tones to different styles steadily. The album’s opening track ‘Witness’, is an electro 2-step bop. This song talks about Katy looking for someone who will witness her pop star lifestyle, while still being able to commit to her. A few songs in and you have “Deja Vu, a dance hall and R&B filled track.
The track that stuck out the most (in my opinion) was “Swish Swish”. It’s vintage nineties dance sound brought the album back to life where it was lacking. She also partnered with rapper Nicki Minaj, who casually comforted the track.
The 2nd single “Chained To The Rhythm” is easily one of the more heavy hitters on the album, with its Dancehall and “purposeful pop” sound. And with Skip Marley vocals on the track, it gives the song a surprising reggae feel causing wonders for a few short lines.
The concluding song “Into Me You See” is by far her most personal song on the album. The album is a journey of self-awareness from the beginning to the end.
In the end, “Witness” lacks a sense of originality. Though I commend her on trying out new sounds when you listen to the album you can’t help but miss the “TGIF” heavy hitter Katy we all know. Katy’s attempt to create a more electronic pop-conscious album was well thought out, but not executed very well. The album blends in with the pop filled radio sound, we all listen to when there’s nothing else on. The album wasn’t the best that Katy can bring, but congrats Katy for finding your voice!