Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
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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.
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. There's intelligence, individuality and character in abundance. But all too often it's caked in dollar-store body glitter and choked by feather boas.
  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. If you've heard the singles, which you probably have, then you've heard the best Teenage Dream has to offer
  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: 72 out of 96
  2. Negative: 16 out of 96
  1. Aug 25, 2010
    this 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
  2. Dec 29, 2011
    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
  3. Aug 30, 2010
    After her recent hits including California Gurls, Teenage Dreamâ
  4. May 27, 2011
    Each track works great as a standalone, however the album its self is inconsistent. From the hard, out of this world 'ET' to 'Pearl' the album makes to many drastic changes to be consistent and just plain good. The tracks individually however, help save the album a harsh review. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2012
    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" and "Firework" come to mind) and a bubbly disco sound. Expand
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    Katy Perry has great potential to be one of those "big female musicians" as she already is. The most interesting thing about Teenage Dream is that it seems like it was not even made to be a good album, but to be a party album to dance to on Friday night. The best tracks are "Teenage Dream", "Last Friday Night", "California Gurls", "Firework", & "The One That Got Away". Sure, "Peacock" may be laughable, but the rest aren't bad cuts for a pop-party album. Expand
  7. Jun 18, 2012
    Katy Perry bursts back onto the scene with her amazing second album that is full to the grim of the tongue-in-cheek atmosphere that got her noticed in the first place. Tracks like California Gurls and Last Friday Night are bouncy pop ballads that are just all about fun whilst also capturing Katy's personality as a bubbly California beauty. Firework is the megahit, with her vocals powering through the song. Teenage Dream as Hummingbird Heartbeat are both adorable love songs with catchy beats - the cheeky aspect is still there as Hummingbird Heartbeat boasts about how fantastic sex is with her former husband Russell Brand. The One That Got Away is a beautifully sung break-up song that shows another side to Katy and takes the bubblegum candy canes away so she can show off her vocal talent. One of the best pop albums of the past few years and I'm sure Katy will make the next album even better. Expand

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