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One of the Boys

Pop album by Katy Perry

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Perry's Strong Debut Suggests Good Things to Come

  • Nov 9, 2010
I held off on buying this CD too early because -- to be perfectly honest -- the public fascination with that whole "I Kissed A Girl" song really annoyed me even though the song didn't. I have to say that, now that I've had a listen, I've been pleasantly surprised with Katy Perry's work here, and I'd give it a 4.5 (on a 5 star scale) if Amazon allowed it. Her voice is animated and fresh throughout, even on the few lesser tracks, and she takes the kinds of risk that Pink has built a career around, although Katy's vocals may be more of an acquired taste than most pop/rock singers.

One of the Boys (5 out of 5): What do you do when one of the boys suddenly blossoms into one of the girls? This is a song about the tomboy grew into the Homecoming Queen. Something about the song reminds me of early rock from The Cars.

I Kissed A Girl (5 out of 5): "It felt so wrong, it felt so right ..." Gender-bending pop/rock'n'roll at its best. It's all innocent fun until you find out you like it. It's no wonder this song is a major hit for Katy.

Waking Up in Vegas (5 out of 5): Sure, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas only so long as you don't marry some young pop starlet who ends up writing a hit rock song out of it. Buyer beware, and have fun while you're at it!

Thinking of You (5 out of 5): It's the fourth song on the album (and fourth in a row ... do I detect a theme here?) dealing with the need to suddenly re-examine one's place in the world; how do you deal with your new love when all you can think of is your last one? Great acoustic guitar opening and ending to this track, soft, heartfelt, but still understated. Personally, I think this is one of the strongest tracks here.

Mannequin (3 out of 5): "I wanna hit you just to see if you cry ..." "You're not a man, you're just a mannequin ..." Somewhat predictable and overstated teen-style angst. If I were a 16-yr-old girl in love with a high school quarterback who'd have nothing to do with me, this song would probably rock my world. But I'm not a 16-yr-old girl, so it does very little for me.

Ur So Gay (4 out of 5): A (near perfect) perfect musical insult -- woman to man. Jazzy with great horns. Very catchy lyrics. I can only imagine that Katy has great fun performing this one. Again, a song penned with a youthful sensibility. Any song that somehow works in the word 'penis' really deserves some props.

Hot N Cold (5 out of 5): Electronica pop contemplating the timeless problems of hot/cold relationships. Danceably fun with a great rockin' refrain. "Someone call the doctor, Gotta case of the love bipolar ..."

If You Can Afford me (5 out of 5): Well, it's either celebrating love or prostitution. Take your pick. Either way, it's still a great, fun tune.

Lost (3.5 out of 5): A close impersonation of Melissa Etheridge musically if Melissa Etheridge ever wrote about puking and porcelain. A real candle-waving rock style song about being 'lost' in the world that makes great use of a music box style instrumental theme-line. Wanted to like it more than I did come the end.

Self Inflicted (4.5 out of 5): We all beat ourselves up over something. This is basically Katy's chance to tell us all about the habit. Well done.

I'm Still Breathing (3 out of 5): Love ends, but the individuals don't. The track ends a bit unexpectedly, like some relationships do. Is that the metaphor? You decide.

Fingerprints (3.5 out of 5): Attitude rock, at best, the kind of stuff The Donnas have been doing for years now. "Wanna break the mold, wanna break the stereotype," so why end the album with such a middle-of-the-road rocker? A good song, but I would've ended the record on a higher note with one of the more unpredictable 5 star tunes from above.

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review by . June 17, 2008
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There's a lot to like about Katy Perry. Her song "I Kissed a Girl" is reigning high on the iTunes chart right now. For those unfamiliar with her, I'd place her sound and style in the genre of pop. Her sound is reminiscent of 80s pop and with a bit of a edge that makes her comparable to other new acts like Sarah Bareilles. Don't be fooled by the cover; Katy Perry's music is far from frilly and girly. In fact, often times it's the opposite as she spins out songs and lyrics that have caught the attention …
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Ever since the November 2007 digital release of the hilarious, zeitgeist-capturing single "Ur So Gay," Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Katy Perry has been wowing critics and fans alike (including the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna) with her big voice, sassy attitude, and feisty, confessional songs. Katy's debut album, One of the Boys, is a sharp, witty pop-rock gem filled with candid tales of neurotic ex-boyfriends ("Hot N Cold," "Ur So Gay"), crazy road trips with friends ("Waking Up in Vegas"), and figuring out who you are along the way (first single "I Kissed A Girl," "Fingerprints"). While the album displays Katy's feisty, girl-power swagger, it also reveals her more vulnerable side on such regretful ballads as "Lost," "I'm Still Breathing," and "Thinking of You." Although just 23, the Santa Barbara, CA-born native has been writing songs and playing guitar for several years, and possesses the flair and confidence of a veteran storyteller. Catch her in all her glory this summer when she joins the Vans Warped Tour for its entire coast-to-coast run.
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Label: Capitol
Artist: Katy Perry
Release Date: June 17, 2008

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