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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  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: 74 out of 122
  2. Negative: 23 out of 122
  1. Dec 29, 2011
    10
    AMAZING ALBUM. This needs to shine. All songs are wonderful. Different meaning to EACH song. Who couldn't relate to at least on of the song?AMAZING ALBUM. This needs to shine. All songs are wonderful. Different meaning to EACH song. Who couldn't relate to at least on of the song? Its a masterpiece by Katy Perry. This is an album that she could be proud of! How can people hate one something that's near the state of perfection. This is something the MODERN music can be proud of. Lets embrace the album before we'll be calling it The One That Got Away. its E.T ! Out of this world awesome. Enough said. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2010
    10
    ONE OF THE BEST POP ALBUMS THIS YEAR! Katy has done it again. from the first track to the end, it will captivate u and leave u breathless.ONE OF THE BEST POP ALBUMS THIS YEAR! Katy has done it again. from the first track to the end, it will captivate u and leave u breathless. almost all of the songs in the album are single-worthy. BUY THIS ALBUM! and ignore all haters! :D

    My favorite tracks:- ALL OF IT!!! :P
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  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. Mar 8, 2012
    7
    This saccharine pop album doesn't break from the mould at all, but still has some genuinely great pop songs ("The One That Got Away" andThis saccharine pop album doesn't break from the mould at all, but still has some genuinely great pop songs ("The One That Got Away" and "Firework" come to mind) and a bubbly disco sound. Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2012
    6
    Katy Perry is one of the most annoying personas in the current pop world, and is not a very talented live singer. In addition, she looks quiteKaty Perry is one of the most annoying personas in the current pop world, and is not a very talented live singer. In addition, she looks quite fake and contradictive to me, given his actual behaviour and his christian singer past. HOWEVER there's something no one could ever deny: she knows how to deliver a catchy tune. She also writes her own songs, and not everybody in the pop world does that, so I'll give it to her. "Teenage Dream" is immature, superficial and forgettable, but it is full of potential hits, and it doesn't really surprise me that she has striked 5 consecutive #1 hits, tying her with Michael Jackson (as surprising as it might sound). Catchy bubblegummy teenagey dancey tunes, a very hot American and apparently sweet woman and high budget videos are the perfect combination for success in nowadays industry. In addition, Dr. Luke really shines as the biggest hit maker in the mainstream world at the moment, and "Teenage Dream" is the best proof of it. Quality wise, this record is, just for a bit, not as good as "One of the Boys" but it is much more mainstream and pop-friendly (and "OOTB" already was). Katy is very confusing to me, because she can deliver some more serious and interesting tracks ("Circle the Drain") but it seems that, even though she's already 26, she prefers to stay with childish themes. I'm interested to see how long can she maintain this route.

    Highlights: E.T., **** Teenage Dream
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  6. May 29, 2012
    5
    Seriously, a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year? The good songs are "California Gurls", "Firework", "The One That Got Away", "Not LikeSeriously, a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year? The good songs are "California Gurls", "Firework", "The One That Got Away", "Not Like the Movies", and "Wide Awake". 5 good songs equals a rating of 5 out of 10. Expand
  7. Sep 23, 2014
    0
    omg what the he... is this mess? Is this generic music real music ? She should hire new personnal and try to be a real artist if she wanna ...omg what the he... is this mess? Is this generic music real music ? She should hire new personnal and try to be a real artist if she wanna ... She does payola for every single and thats so bad... so sad about the plastic perry girl.... Expand

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