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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: 37 out of 349
  1. Aug 25, 2010
    10
    this is AMAZING! California gurls, Teenage Dream, Last friday night, peacock, fireworks = potential hits.
  2. Aug 29, 2020
    10
    This album is literally POP PERFECTION.. katy broke king of pop's record by achieving 6#1s from one album.. It's LEGENDARY
  3. Jan 24, 2020
    10
    Obra prima da Katy Perry, um misto de faixas profundas e emocionantes e faixas leves e agradáveis.
  4. Apr 7, 2012
    10
    One of my favourite album! Amazing! A great pop record! Great tracks : Firework - **** - Hummingbird Heartbeat - Circle The Drain - Not LikeOne of my favourite album! Amazing! A great pop record! Great tracks : Firework - **** - Hummingbird Heartbeat - Circle The Drain - Not Like The Movies - E.T - The One That Got Away - California Gurls - Teenage Dream Very Good Tracks : Last Friday Night - Who Am I Living For? - Pearl
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  5. Dec 4, 2011
    9
    The rock references are not unusual in her previous albums or other pop albums. But it makes us dream of his lyrics and melodies, and alsoThe rock references are not unusual in her previous albums or other pop albums. But it makes us dream of his lyrics and melodies, and also brings comedy and sex appeal with **** (which should be single). The album featured six singles in the Billboard top 200, was epic, but for the professional critics found wanting. Expand
  6. Feb 24, 2012
    7
    In a short review - 'Dream' is not the best pop record out there, but it's better than "One of the Boys", and some tracks really prove she'sIn a short review - 'Dream' is not the best pop record out there, but it's better than "One of the Boys", and some tracks really prove she's not the one-hit wonder everyone thought she was, and she is not the 'forced pop' singer everyone thinks she is. Waiting for fourth effort.

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  7. Oct 5, 2018
    0
    Even worse than the first one, maybe she just should stop singing right now.

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