The Playlist: Witness by Katy Perry

Katy Perry returns with an album that changes things up from her past releases.

Over the past few months, Katy Perry has released a few songs from her new album Witness. So far, what we’ve is a change in sound and an instant star of “Backpack Kid” on her Saturday Night Live performance of Swish Swish. Because of this, I know I was curious to see if Perry had fully committed to this new sound, new haircut, new look, and everything else that has gone with it.

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Witness By Katy Perry

A few weeks ago, I discussed Linkin Park's poor choice of changing their music from rock to pop. Today, I’d like to put in my two cents about Katy Perry’s recent style change. While Perry has always been pop, she’s maintained her own brand of pop.

What I learned upon listening to Witness was that Perry decided to follow the rest of her peers and head down the electropop road instead of staying true to the original Katy Perry. Perry has made a career of hit pop singles (nine #1 singles), but Witness doesn’t seem to have a major hit on it. There are no anthems like Roar, just electropop.

The aforementioned Swish Swish is making headlines as a direct response song to Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood diss song on Perry. However, even with the controversy it’s failing to climb the charts like her past hits.

The two previous singles, Bon Appetit and Chained to the Rhythm, both failed to hit the top ten let alone make it as a number one single. The rest of the album is much of the same.

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Title track Witness opens the album and doesn’t even get you psyched for what’s next. It could be a track by anyone, not Katy Perry.

On the flip side, I really love Déjà Vu. The beats are great, and I can definitely see this as a solid club track.

A few other tracks that stood out to me were Tsunami, Into Me You See, and Miss You More. The latter two are both ballads, though of a different style. Into Me You See is a pure ballad while Miss You More is the usual electropop ballad. Nevertheless, it works here.

I know Perry’s loyal fan base alone will make the album at least a temporary hit, but I don’t see the longevity of her past album releases happening here on her fourth album. Overall, even with some decent electropop tunes, the album doesn’t feel like what I want from Katy Perry and I don’t think I am alone.

The Playlist: June 13th, 2017

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Inspired by Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus dropped another single this week and it’s on par with Malibu. Inspired is the studio version of the song Cyrus played at the Manchester benefit last week.

Like her previous, the song is country at heart and is a great direction for Cyrus to head in for the next phase of her career. Inspired is another great showcase of Miley’s talent.

Sleeping Powder by Gorillaz

Animated member of Gorillaz, 2D, dropped a new single this week. 2D released Sleeping Powder on the Gorillaz app exclusively for the first hour.

A great addition to the new songs on the band’s latest Humanz, Sleeping Powder is a trippy little number made even trippier by the music video the band released with it.

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Where I’m Going by Rancid

Rancid are legends in the punk world as their brand of ska-punk never gets old. Where I’m Going off their fantastic new album Trouble Maker lets us know the guys haven’t lost a step.

Even after nine albums, Rancid can still get us into that infectious ska sound with just the right amount of punk attitude.

Drawn by De La Soul (feat. Little Dragon) 

I recently discovered Little Dragon and quickly became a fan of the group and their unique trip-hop sound. De La Soul are hip hop godfathers and can do no wrong in my eyes.

Drawn is what dream teams are made of. Little Dragon’s amazing soundscapes along with the vocals of Yukimi Nagano take up three quarters of the song before the climactic verse of De La Soul's Posdnuos.

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Bittersweet Symphony by London Grammar

To cover a song as amazing as Bittersweet Symphony takes guts. To totally rearrange it and knock it out of the park with a version that makes the song even more haunting takes talent.

London Grammar made Bittersweet Symphony their own with their take on a song that is just as relevant today and this version is a perfect representation of that.

For more new releases, be sure to check out the latest from Alt-J and go on a journey with the band like only they can provide. For some nostalgia vibes, give a listen to Dan Auerbach’s latest solo record Waiting On A Song on vinyl.