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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 am floating Leaves my body glowing They... 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. Negative: 29 out of 174
  1. Jun 9, 2017
    10
    this album is pure pop perfection. it gives you joyful, youthful vibes. all the singles were so well chosen and the album is full of bops andthis album is pure pop perfection. it gives you joyful, youthful vibes. all the singles were so well chosen and the album is full of bops and good ballads. i mean, it sold +10 million copies wordwide for a reason. the whole teenage dream Era was iconic, since de single songs, the whole album, the videos, the tour, the visuals... oh god i was LIVING Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2013
    10
    Teenage Dream is an amazing album! Although not as lyrically personal as One Of The Boys, its still a pop masterpiece. The highlights of theTeenage Dream is an amazing album! Although not as lyrically personal as One Of The Boys, its still a pop masterpiece. The highlights of the album are definatly Teenage Dream, The One That Got Away, Firework and E.T. The lows of the album would be Pearl and Cirlce The Drain, although i like those songs, there just not as great as the rest of the album. If you still haven't bought this album after 3 years, i would strongly advise you to buy it! 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 Collapse
  4. Dec 16, 2014
    8
    Best album of Katy, is a fully commercial album? Yes. But she managed to make a nice commercial album to listen to, it's so much fun that youBest album of Katy, is a fully commercial album? Yes. But she managed to make a nice commercial album to listen to, it's so much fun that you do not care if it has quality or not, just want to sing and dance along with Katy; a great album to listen to when alone.
    Highlights: Peacock and California Gurls
    Lows: Double Rainbow and Dark Horse
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  5. Apr 11, 2013
    7
    Was a very decent album. Had a lot of good songs like "The One That Got Away" "E.T." "Circle The Drain" and "California Girls" "Who Am IWas a very decent album. Had a lot of good songs like "The One That Got Away" "E.T." "Circle The Drain" and "California Girls" "Who Am I Living For" some very in the middle songs like "Last Friday Night" "Firework" "Hummingbird Heartbeat" and some not so great songs like "Not Like The Movies" Overall its was easy to listen to and a good follow up to her first album. Expand
  6. Dec 11, 2010
    6
    this album was okay. Katy Perry could be better. her songs are too girlie. I think katy perry sings really good. This album was good but notthis album was okay. Katy Perry could be better. her songs are too girlie. I think katy perry sings really good. This album was good but not as good. I like a few songs from this album Expand
  7. Jun 16, 2017
    0
    Aun no entiendo como sus fans retrasados llaman a esto "biblia del pop" cuando no tuvo nada innovador. Es el típico pop cliché, ritmosAun no entiendo como sus fans retrasados llaman a esto "biblia del pop" cuando no tuvo nada innovador. Es el típico pop cliché, ritmos genéricos y letras simples y sin sentidos. Expand

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