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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. 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: 85 out of 115
  2. Negative: 21 out of 115
  1. 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
  2. Feb 10, 2015
    10
    This is the best album I've ever heard in all my life. Absolutely amazing, although not as lyrically personal as One Of The Boys, its still aThis is the best album I've ever heard in all my life. Absolutely amazing, although not as lyrically personal as One Of The Boys, its still a pop masterpiece. Expand
  3. Aug 25, 2010
    9
    This album is a masterpiece. Every songs are great, but it's together, in a whole CD, that they take life to make probably my favorite 2010This album is a masterpiece. Every songs are great, but it's together, in a whole CD, that they take life to make probably my favorite 2010 pop album after Christina Aguilera's Bionic. Teenage Dream is an album that has a lot of different sounds and that a wide range of people will enjoy. I think that this album is for a younger public and has a #1 potential at The Billboard 200. A great team behind a great album. Good work Katy Perry! Expand
  4. Sep 6, 2013
    7
    Katy Perry's "Thriller" is no masterpiece of pop music. It is, however, a record enjoyable from start to finish, which delivers some popKaty Perry's "Thriller" is no masterpiece of pop music. It is, however, a record enjoyable from start to finish, which delivers some pop classics and manages to have a lot of genuine fun in the process. It's so bubblegum it hurts, but the Disney-like impression makes up for a colourful experience of undeniable quality. Also, basically every song in here is a number one single an interesting trivia per se, but a relevant fact too if we take into account the sheer cheesiness and catchyness of every melody. 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. Sep 14, 2014
    5
    O álbum é mediano. Claro, ele tem ótimas canções,como The One That Got Away,California Gurls e Firework, mas em si não é tão bom. Se a músicaO álbum é mediano. Claro, ele tem ótimas canções,como The One That Got Away,California Gurls e Firework, mas em si não é tão bom. Se a música não for single,a maioria eu pulo. Claro que algumas não-singles tem seu brilho,como Circle The Drain. O álbum é mais aceitável quando é o "The Complete Confection" 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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