It’s been over three years since Katy Perry released an LP. Her last effort was the emotionally charged Prism which gave us “Roar”, “Unconditionally” and “Dark Horse”.
Times have wildly changed since then and her public image has seen a major revamp.
It may be her most controversial era yet, but Katy has effectively pulled a Miley-like Bangerz situation.
Despite her upping the antics and showcasing a more fun and wild side, Witness largely consists of mid tempos. A stark contrast to what singles have been released.
Perry’s grown tired of following the formula as “Roulette” fittingly sums up, “I think I’m bored of being so careful”.
There’s a running theme here of growing tired of the same old, same old. This is especially clear on “Chained To The Rhythm” and the stunning “Deja Vu”.
Classic Katy with a mix of new Katy shows up on “Save As Draft” as she reopens her Prism side.
This will be a favourite for fans of her more emotional material. “Into Me You See” also fits into this category as the biggest ballad on the album. It channels all the right feels and ends the album on a beautifully touching note.
Ballads aside, “Pendulum” is a stand out on the album. It’s so darn catchy and comes complete with choir background vocals. It’s the epic sister of “Chained To The Rhythm”.
The songstress has certainly spiced things up this time around instead of staying in the her comfort zone. And while she has experimented with a new sound this era, there is still a bit of the old Katy present.
Verdict: Despite its flaws, Katy has served up a platter of fun and emotional pop that showcases a bit of the old with a bit of the new.
Best Tracks: Chained To The Rhythm, Bon Appetit, Witness, Tsunami, Miss You More, Bigger Than Me, Save As Draft, Pendulum, Into Me You See, Hey Hey Hey.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10