Katy Perry – Witness (Capitol Records).
Almost ten years ago Katy Perry was pops new sensation. Now I have to wonder whether 2017 will see out the end of Katy Perry’s amazing run of success? In almost every way Perry won me over with her 2008 album One Of The Boys and now it seems my love affair with her is on the rocks. The general consensus is that her new album Witness has moved beyond just being a collection of standout hits to what is an assemblage of personal songs. Personally I miss the sounds of guitars from her previous albums as compared to the sounds of synths and electronic beats awash on Witness. That in itself is not a bad thing, I am a fan of electronic pop, it’s just that her surprise move away from the norm has caught critics and some fans off guard. Not even her lead single Chained To The Rhythm nor the release of her controversial video of herself being prepared as a Masterchef meal in Bon Appetit can save this mess that is her fifth album Witness.
Perry though seems quite content despite all the recent criticism leveled at her. She has changed her appearance (gone are the dark long locks) in an attempt to reinvent herself and I respect her for taking risks musically, but in the long run this may prove pivotal in how we response to any future releases. On a positive note I am fond of Miss You More from Witness.
Photo Credit: The album artwork of Witness is courtesy of Capitol Records. I make use of it under the rationale of fair use because no free equivalent seems to exist. I am not the uploader of the You Tube clip embedded here.