It’s been four years since Katy Perry dropped ‘Prism’ but she has finally made her highly anticipated return with her fifth studio album ‘Witness’. The era started on a great note. ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ was a strong lead single. The politically-charged single is an impressive track which tells a story while speaking from the heart. The song was followed up by the Migos-assisted ‘Bon Appétit’ and the Nicki Minaj-assisted ‘Swish Swish’. The tracks, however, haven’t had the impact as those of her previous singles and are actually struggling commercially.
Unfortunately, this seems to be the case with the entire ‘Witness’ album. Sonically, Katy takes a darker approach to pop music, despite the bright cover. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a moody album at all. The production is simply edgy and Katy explores a sound that she has identified with over the past few years. However, after first listen, the album doesn’t have the impact I was hoping it would have. Katy fails to connect with her audiences on the record and after inspiring with her ‘purposeful pop’ on ‘Chained To The Rhythm’, the rest of the record is, unfortunately, generic and impersonal.
Despite this, ‘Witness’ seems to be a rather personal record for Katy. The singer clearly used her music as an outlet of expression making this a transparent, therapeutic piece of work. However, after an absence of close to four years, I expected some sort of growth from the singer. Katy went from a one of pop music’s game changers to one who simply gets blends into the crowd and that’s the biggest disappointment.
Unfortunately, the album doesn’t have the impact Katy hoped it would. This should have been the record which further cements her position as one of the best female pop stars on the planet. However, it’s her most disappointing record of her career so far.
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