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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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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 181
  1. Jul 12, 2016
    10
    Pop music right now is pure offspring of this album. I know when Teenage Dream came out to the people, a lot of people said... She's so bad,Pop music right now is pure offspring of this album. I know when Teenage Dream came out to the people, a lot of people said... She's so bad, she hasn't talent enough to be a super star. And right now she's got the eye on the fire as a tiger! I think right now the critic was so rude with Katy but nothing to do with the ignorance of others. Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2018
    10
    Teenage Dream is a classic pop masterpiece. They don't make pop music like this anymore.
  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. Oct 16, 2013
    9
    Brief review:
    Lyrics: Clever, but need to be more developed. Still diversified, funny, and emotional (ex: California Gurls, Not Like The
    Brief review:
    Lyrics: Clever, but need to be more developed. Still diversified, funny, and emotional (ex: California Gurls, Not Like The Movies, The One That Got Away) It is sometimes hard to connect with some of her songs.
    Music: great pop, dance music, 80s vibe, you have a feeling that it is commercialized music, missing a bit of the “honesty” and “soul” that was present on her previous album.
    Best songs: Firework, Hummingbird Heartbeat, Last Friday Night, Teenage Dream, Pearl, The One That Got Away
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  5. 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
  6. May 23, 2011
    6
    She forgot one thing about Teenage Dreams: they can also be nightmares! While the album is gifted with a fabulous first half, a "Peacock"She forgot one thing about Teenage Dreams: they can also be nightmares! While the album is gifted with a fabulous first half, a "Peacock" comes along and drags down the "California candy cloud" to pop hell. Expand
  7. Nov 10, 2017
    0
    What an immature album oh my god people actually like this hahahaha.What an immature album oh my god people actually like this hahahaha. Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad Expand

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