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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: 86 out of 116
  2. Negative: 21 out of 116
  1. Sep 15, 2011
    10
    Lady Gaga, sells more records this Katy, Lady Gaga receives greater reviews then Katy Perry.. but there's one thing that doesn't make sense..Lady Gaga, sells more records this Katy, Lady Gaga receives greater reviews then Katy Perry.. but there's one thing that doesn't make sense.. Lady Gaga has no talent.. Her lyrics are not meaningful, she writes them while she is high.. This album has everything, Ballads, dance, all kinds of.. One of the favourites are Firework. This album went to no.1 worldwide and I'm glad as this album deserves it. Expand
  2. Jun 25, 2015
    10
    Pode ser considerado o melhor álbum dela até o momento junto com o "PRISM", com canções como Teenage Dream, Hummingbird Heartbeat e FireworkPode ser considerado o melhor álbum dela até o momento junto com o "PRISM", com canções como Teenage Dream, Hummingbird Heartbeat e Firework que cativam a cada ouvida. 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$ha,..... did Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2012
    7
    This saccharine pop album doesn't break from the mould at all, but still has some genuinely great pop songs ("The One That Got Away" andThis saccharine pop album doesn't break from the mould at all, but still has some genuinely great pop songs ("The One That Got Away" and "Firework" come to mind) and a bubbly disco sound. Expand
  5. Aug 29, 2010
    6
    Katy Perry lacks the polish that most pop acts have today, but what made her stand out than the rest was her ability to crank up insanelyKaty Perry lacks the polish that most pop acts have today, but what made her stand out than the rest was her ability to crank up insanely catchy tunes without much fuss. Believe me, when she's good, she's damn good (with the addictive 'Peacock', let me hear you sing 'Peacock-cock-cock' cause you can't resist it), when she tries too hard though... it ended up disastrously (seriously, your homage to our beloved extra terrestrial is that shallow). Still, one cannot deny that this album is filled with jam packed pop songs (at least half of it) that can instantly appeal to most, the lack of auto-tune surprises me (shame on you Ke$ha) and that alone is worth checking the album it, it's solid and too be honest, isn't it way better than 'One Of The Boys'. 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. Jun 18, 2012
    0
    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 herKaty 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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