Teenage Dream

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  • Summary: The Grammy Award-nominated singer's sophomore release is full of pop-rock gems and features guest appearances from Snoop Dogg and Rivers Cuomo.

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E.T.
You're so hypnotizing Could you be the devil, could you be an angel Your touch magnetizing Feels like I'm floating, leaves my body glowing They say... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. For all the pomp and watermelon costumes, Perry is primarily a smart and personal pop songwriter. And Teenage Dream shows-in carefully selected spots-that she's ready to grow up.
  2. Beneath the fruity outfits and fart jokes, Perry is clearly serious about the business of hit songcraft; that doesn't make Dream nearly cohesive as an album, but it does provide, intermittently, exactly the kind of high-fructose rush she's aiming for.
  3. Teenage Dream is the kind of pool-party-pop gem that Gwen Stefani used to crank out on the regular, full of SoCal ambience and disco beats.
  4. Unfortunately, the fun peaks around the time that Snoop Dogg officially hands over his thug-life card during the previously released "California Gurls," a slice of sunny disco-pop perfection that suggested Teenage Dream just might trump 2008's spotty but enjoyable One Of The Boys. Instead, Perry returned with lots of ho-hum ballads and lackluster radio fodder as limp as the discarded lover in the dis track "Circle The Drain."
  5. There's none of the ABBA or Cardigans influence she claimed, nor any of the fun she seems to have in real life. For now she just sounds like another of pop's Stepford Wives.
  6. Teenage dreamer turns in nightmare of a second record.
  7. With music as rigidly formulaic as this, no wonder the teens in her songs want to party until they blank out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 144
  2. Negative: 24 out of 144
  1. Apr 25, 2016
    10
    MOST ICONIC POP ALBUM FROM 10's CENTURY! All the songs of this classic album made by Perrry's became a hit. Powerful lyrics and melodys,MOST ICONIC POP ALBUM FROM 10's CENTURY! All the songs of this classic album made by Perrry's became a hit. Powerful lyrics and melodys, different of any other pop album! Expand
  2. May 10, 2016
    10
    'Teenage Dream' is an amazing album full with hits like, "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", "Last Friday Night'Teenage Dream' is an amazing album full with hits like, "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", etc. It's a very upbeat album and different. It's an iconic era!!! Expand
  3. Aug 25, 2010
    10
    this is AMAZING! California gurls, Teenage Dream, Last friday night, peacock, fireworks = potential hits. This album is bigger than anythingthis is AMAZING! California gurls, Teenage Dream, Last friday night, peacock, fireworks = potential hits. This album is bigger than anything Lady GaGa, Ke$ha,..... did Expand
  4. May 4, 2016
    8
    A pop record filled with danceable beats, excellent production and stunning vocals. Yet, Katy Perry has long way to go. "Wide Awake" andA pop record filled with danceable beats, excellent production and stunning vocals. Yet, Katy Perry has long way to go. "Wide Awake" and "Circle The Drain" are gems. You cannot take this album lightely. It has produced 5 Billboard chart toppers and its singles along with the album earned Perry seven Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album , and Record of the Year Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2014
    7
    Basic but does the target. Clearly it is better than their previous work. His voice sounds more powerful, the theme of the album is differentBasic but does the target. Clearly it is better than their previous work. His voice sounds more powerful, the theme of the album is different although it tends to be repetitive. Again the rhythm of the songs are in their favor. The deluxe edition of this album is also outstanding. Most recommended songs are "Teenage Dream", "Firework" and "The One That Got Away". Expand
  6. Oct 9, 2010
    5
    Katy Perry's second hit-maker of an album is certainly sweet, but in a sickening way, and the singing is its usual mediocre style. However,Katy Perry's second hit-maker of an album is certainly sweet, but in a sickening way, and the singing is its usual mediocre style. However, it's Katy Perry so it's only to be expected Expand
  7. Dec 19, 2016
    0
    By far, this is the best pop album ever! I mean how can it not be, it has five number ones! Who cares about art, just make the subject matterBy far, this is the best pop album ever! I mean how can it not be, it has five number ones! Who cares about art, just make the subject matter about sex, fart jokes, and such nonsense. Forget about progressive music structures, just make the most generic melodies ever. And if all else fails...just bribe major radio station companies to play your stupid songs! I recommend having loads of money for that to happen, though, because it will lead you to have several number ones on Billboard. Corporate is cool.

    Why be able to sing, when you can just fill your stage with candy? Why write about homelessness, AIDS, stress, or the aftermath of war when you can write about peacocks and fireworks? Why have Tom Hanks or even Charlie Sheen when you can have Rebecca Black? Why not obtain breast implants if that's how people will be attracted to your music? Why not be as stupid and anti-intellectual as possible?

    Okay, but take note that Katy Perry hasn't broken any chart records in UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, etc. Other countries do not allow payola/radio airplay to be taken account in their charts.
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