Prism

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All Music Guide
The fourth album from the pop singer/songwriter superstar is the follow-up to her 2010 number one hit, Teenage Dream. Created in collaboration with a host of artists and producers -- including Sia, Diplo, Max Martin, Bloodshy, and Emeli Sandé -- the album is inspired musically by Robyn, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Prince, and lyrically by her past relationships. The tongue-in-cheek single "Roar," mixing hip-hop beats with '80s power ballad tropes, is the first single out of the box.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Teenage Dream did its job. With its five number one singles, the 2010 album turned Katy Perry into a genuine superstar, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The fourth album from the pop singer/songwriter superstar is the follow-up to her 2010 number one hit, Teenage Dream. Created in collaboration with a host of artists and producers -- including Sia, Diplo, Max Martin, Bloodshy, and Emeli Sandé -- the album is inspired musically by Robyn, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Prince, and lyrically by her past relationships. The tongue-in-cheek single "Roar," mixing hip-hop beats with '80s power ballad tropes, is the first single out of the box.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Teenage Dream did its job. With its five number one singles, the 2010 album turned Katy Perry into a genuine superstar, the kind of musician whose image rivaled her music in popularity, the kind who could topline her own 3-D theatrical documentary, the kind whose name became shorthand for a sugar-pop sensibility. This meant there was only one thing left for her to do on its 2013 sequel, Prism: to make a graceful pivot from teen dream to serious, mature artist. Prism hits these marks precisely yet isn't stuffy, not with its feints at trap-rap, but even with the preponderance of nightclub glitz, there isn't a shadow of a doubt that Katy Perry has toned down her cheesecake burlesque, opting for a hazy, dreamy, sun-kissed hippie Californian ideal that quietly replaces the happily vulgar pinup of her earliest years. All the lingering nastiness of One of the Boys -- the smiling Mean Girl backstabbing of "Ur So Gay," for instance -- and the pneumatic Playboy fantasy of Teenage Dream are unceremoniously abandoned in favor of Perry's candy construct of a chipper, cheerful grown-up prom princess, the popular girl who has left all her sneering dismissals in the past. Perry remains a terminal flirt but she channels her energies into long-term relationships -- the sexiest song, "Birthday," is a glorious retro-disco explosion delivered to a steady boyfriend, while elsewhere she testifies toward unconditional love -- and the overall effect transforms Prism into a relatively measured, savvy adult contemporary album, one that's aware of the latest fashions but is designed to fit into Katy's retirement plan. Ultimately, this makes Prism a tighter, cleaner record than its predecessors -- there are no extremes here, nothing that pushes the boundaries of either good taste or tackiness; even when she cheers on excess on "This Is How We Do" she's not a participant but rather a ringmaster, encouraging her fans to spend money they don't have just so they can have a good time. Ultimately, this sense of reserve reveals just how canny Katy Perry really is: she's determined to give her career a dramatic narrative arc, eager to leave behind the bawdy recklessness of her early years in favor of something that's age appropriate. That's why the lead single from Prism was "Roar," an homage to Sara Bareilles so transparent that the singer/songwriter may deserve co-credit: the inspirational adult contemporary single signaled how Perry no longer views herself as a fluffy confection but rather a showbiz staple who'll be here for years and years, and Prism fully lives up to that carefully constructed ideal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2013
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 602537532322
  • Catalog Number: 753232
  • Sales rank: 2,662

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Roar (3:43)
  2. 2 Legendary Lovers (3:44)
  3. 3 Birthday (3:35)
  4. 4 Walking On Air (3:42)
  5. 5 Unconditionally (3:48)
  6. 6 Dark Horse (3:35)
  7. 7 This Is How We Do (3:24)
  8. 8 International Smile (3:47)
  9. 9 Ghost (3:23)
  10. 10 Love Me (3:52)
  11. 11 This Moment (3:46)
  12. 12 Double Rainbow (3:51)
  13. 13 By the Grace of God (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Katy Perry Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Alex Foster Alto Saxophone
Ron Blake Baritone Saxophone
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Greg Kurstin Guitar, Keyboards
Dave O'Donnell Horn Engineer
Lenny Pickett Tenor Saxophone
Steve Turre Trombone
Greg Wells Synthesizer, Piano, Drums
Max Martin Background Vocals
Juicy J Vocals
John Mayer Guitar
Dr. Luke Coral Sitar
Steven Wolf Drums
Ava James Vocals
Gingger Shankar Double Violin
Aditya Kalyanpur Tabla
Tensta Gospel Choir Background Vocals
Sabina Ddumba Background Vocals
Ronobit Lahiri Sitar
Technical Credits
Bradford Cobb Management
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Greg Kurstin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Lenny Pickett Horn Arrangements
Greg Wells Composer, Programming, Producer
Max Martin Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Martin Kirkup Management
Stargate Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Benny Blanco Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Jordan Houston Composer
Magnus Programming, Engineer, Instrumentation
Michael Ilbert Engineer
Klas Åhlund Composer, Programming, Producer
Danny D. Management
Dr. Luke Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
John Hanes Engineer
Sia Furler Composer
Bonnie McKee Composer
Ngoc Hoàng Management
Camela Leierth Composer
Mike Foster Engineer
Jesse Shatkin Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer, Engineer
Tim Blacksmith Management
Katy Perry Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Vincent Pontare Composer, Programming, Engineer, Instrumentation
Alex Pasco Engineer
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer
Sam Holland Engineer
Henry Walter Composer
Christian Karlsson Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Benjamin Levin Composer
Ian Mcgregor Engineer
Mogollon Art Direction
Magnus Lidehäll Composer
Adam Baptiste Composer
Steven Jensen Management
Clint Gibbs Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald Composer
Dennis Stainken Marketing
Cirkut Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Peter Carlsson Engineer
Sarah Theresa Hudson Composer
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