Katy Perry has made the ultimate mistake: she has stopped pretending to be a pop-tart.
Over the last year, she has become politically active, cut off her hair (gasp!) and even won the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award for her contributions to UNICEF (presented by Hillary Clinton, no less).
And as the big release date for her first record in four years neared, it became evident that critics were not a huge fan of the new "woke" era.
But here's the thing...I admittedly am a huge fan of KP version 2.0 and Witness.
Katy’s “purposeful pop” isn’t an overt political statement that gives cause for an eye roll, as I feared it would be. More accurately, it’s the coming-of-age for a young woman who finally feels the confidence to actually roar.
In her most brave and personal album yet, Katy explores expanding her mind, dealing with heartbreak and finally calling the shots without apology. She is trusting and feeling herself, and it’s exactly the album this twenty-something needed this year.
It’s been a tumultuous year for women, particularly for ones hoping to elect the first female president. As a strong supporter on the Hillary Clinton campaign and avid fighter for equality, Katy is no exception, and the subtext of the record examines the recovery in the wake of loss and rebirth.
As Katy sings on the killer track Power, “Hell hath no fury like a woman reborn.”
The record is empowering without preaching, a difficult balance to strike. And the introspective moments on the record are some of Katy’s best, like when she concludes, “I miss you more than I loved you” or “Then you came in like a sailor with a heart that anchored me/And every day, I wake up grateful I’m no longer lost at sea.”
And what would Katy Perry be without top ten pop bliss? The clubs will be thumping “Roulette” and “Power” all summer, because these two are bangers.
Honestly, the worst part about the record has nothing to do with the music. It’s the headlines that preceded it, between the Migos controversy, the never-ending Taylor Swift feud and the “Katy’s head on a plate” art exhibit that was equal parts strange and disturbing.
But don't let that take away from what Katy Perry does best (besides make documentaries that are flawless): creating a pop music getaway with her quirky self.
Katy Perry, I’m a witness and a believer….you’re still a “courtside killer queen.”