One Of The Boys

  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Jun 17, 2008
Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Careering from tart-tongued vixen to rough-and-tumble tomboy to woeful lonelyheart may reflect her real life, but it makes for a thematically bumpy ride.
  2. Ultimately, its a fun teen party album. Just don't call it girl power.
  3. Uncut
    60
    Gwen Stefani should be nervous. [Oct 2008, p.105]
  4. Where it hits the mark, One Of The Boys is sparky and accomplished--though entirely disposable--pop.
  5. Q Magazine
    60
    This is a catchy, cocky, Avril Lavigne-y debut, its surface gloss making up for an ultimate lack of depth. [Nov 2008, p.118]
  6. Ms. Perry is curiously blank on her major-label debut album (in 2001 she released a moody, eclectic collection of Christian contemporary music).
  7. Katy Perry's second album offers minimal creativity or originality, but there are several likeable tracks--despite their turgid, juvenile and bordering-on-offensive lyrical content.
  8. The problem is not with Katy's gender-bending, it's that her heart isn't in it; she's just using it to get her places, so she sinks to crass, craven depths that turn One of the Boys into a grotesque emblem of all the wretched excesses of this decade.
  9. Yes, Perry has a heart, but it sounds like her bustier's too tight for her to use it.
  10. 'Mannequin' features some cleverly written lyrics, but Perry doesn't possess the grit or vocal prowess to follow through, and the title track is like No Doubt's 'Just a Girl' sans personality and conviction.
  11. Perry is most enjoyable when her songs are simple and senseless. Profundity is just way too problematic.
  12. The bulk of Boys is sufficiently well put together; the generally witty pop walks that tricky line between edginess and accessibility.
  13. Her producers furnish the punchy soft-rock that has become the default signifier of pop "attitude" and Perry obliges with self-congratulatory sass that never rings true.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 424 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 75
  2. Negative: 13 out of 75
  1. Mar 25, 2012
    7
    Good album! Funny and simply! Love the way she sings with a guitar........... I prefer "Teenage Dream" but this is good, too. ( sorry for my English )
  2. MarieO
    May 23, 2009
    10
    My favorite album of 2008 and still waiting for another one that will match the quality and number of great songs that are on "One of the My favorite album of 2008 and still waiting for another one that will match the quality and number of great songs that are on "One of the boys". I can't understand the hate against Katy Perry who is a deserving artist... from a christian family, to church singer, waitress in LA, almost broke, to finally making it to the top because of her great music and songs. She's my hero! Her story is very touching. Full Review »
  3. Aug 26, 2013
    7
    It's good. Not the best album of 2008, but it's definitely close. The only bad thing on the album is some of the songs would be better forIt's good. Not the best album of 2008, but it's definitely close. The only bad thing on the album is some of the songs would be better for other singers. Full Review »