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Music Review: Katy Perry – Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection

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Katy Perry has released a special edition of her album Teenage Dream subtitled The Complete Confection. Not only does the double-platinum certified album contain five Billboard Hot 100 number one hit singles (she tied with Michael Jackson’s Bad for the honor of most number ones on one non-compilation album), but it also includes remixes and a few new songs. Teenage Dream earned Perry six Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. The original Teenage Dream shot Perry to superstardom with songs like “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” and “E.T.”

Perry hit the ground running almost two years ago with “California Gurls,” which featured Snoop Dogg, her own anthem inspired after hearing Alicia Keys and Jay-Z proclaim their love for New York CIty with “Empire State of Mind.” The song was more sugar-coated than the gritty “Empire,” but showed off her love for the sunny coast of California. Perry also featured two more rappers on the special edition album: Kanye West on the remix of “E.T.” and Missy Elliott on “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” The remix of “E.T.” feels very futuristic and features a very electronic sound with hard beats and tons of repetitions. Missy Elliott adds her colorful and exaggerated sound to the remix of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”

But The Complete Confection is more like a journey in love, life and everything in between. She begins her album with love in “Teenage Dream,” showing off her voice as she ditches all the electronic sound she is known for. “The One That Got Away” also hits the soft spot about love lost. Perry added an acoustic version of the song to The Complete Confection that feels super stripped-down, almost like a country song. “Not Like the Movies” is romantic and sad, as she sings about what love really should be.

Perry transitions from love songs to life songs with “Firework.” The song shows that she is not a one topic wonder. She also has inspirational songs about self-worth, with lyrics like, “Baby you’re a firework/Come on show them what you’re worth.” In “Circle the Drain,” Perry reveals she is not just a bubbly character. She can get down and dirty as she explains how her boyfriend is throwing his life down the drain with drugs. And of course, no Katy Perry album is complete without sexual innuendos. The song “Peacock” lets her have fun talking about her appreciation for male genitalia, all with an uptempo dance sound.

As stated earlier, Perry added a few new songs to The Complete Confection. “Part of Me,” although not on the original album, became another Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper when it was released as the reissue’s first single. The song has a pop rock sound with a darker edge. “Wide Awake” moves away from her love of electro pop and shows off her vocals. “Dressin’ Up” takes it up a notch with a pumping sound, but the slow start is deceiving. The Complete Confection ends with a compilation song, “Tommie Sunshine’s Megasix Smash-Up,” that is seven minutes full of Katy Perry remix goodness.

“I’m moving forward and had a few things left to get off my chest. So this is the complete special edition of my album for my fans,” Perry said on her official website. For Perry, the Teenage Dream has officially closed.

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  • This is a great news! I like Katy Perry’s songs and to make it even better, Kanye West is also there. Need to buy some copies ASAP!