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Artist IconKaty Perry
Artist Icon One of the Boys
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Sebbene lo stile di Katy Perry sia stato da subito paragonato a quello di Avril Lavigne e Lily Allen per l'ironia e la malizia dei suoi testi,la cantante disse di trarre ispirazione dai Queen (specialmente da Freddie Mercury), The Beach Boys, le Heart, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper e Alanis Morissette.[4] Tutte le canzoni presenti sul disco sono state scritte da Katy Perry stessa con l'aiuto di vari musicisti di fama: Greg Wells, Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Cathy Dennis, Desmond Child, Andreas Carlsson, Sam Hollander, Dave Katz, S*A*M & Sluggo, Ted Bruner, Scott Cutler, Anne Preven, Dave Stewart e Glen Ballard. L'album è denso di brani dalle narrative ben delineate, alternando canzoni malinconiche a brani movimentati. La cantante statunitense ha così commentato questo alternarsi: "Penso che gli ascoltatori apprezzino un compositore che mostra entrambi questi lati di sé... [In quest'album] ho messo un po' di tutto e lo sento mio come un figlio".

Il primo singolo Ur So Gay fu composto dalla Perry per vendicarsi di un ex fidanzato, con critiche mirate al suo stile emo e metrosexual. Il secondo singolo I Kissed a Girl tinteggia un rapporto saffico. La canzone è stata ispirata dalla bellezza dell'attrice Scarlett Johansson. Nel brano "Hot n Cold" Katy Perry canta delle incertezze del suo amato e dell'alternarsi di momenti positivi e negativi in una relazione. Canzoni come "I'm Still Breathing" e "Thinking of You", entrambe ballate pop, narrano di relazioni concluse. Secondo la popstar, "Lost" è la canzone più personale dell'album e rispecchia da vicino eventi da lei vissuti. "Waking Up in Vegas" parla di una folle gita a Las Vegas con gli amici. Le canzoni "Mannequin" e "If You Can Afford Me" sbeffeggiano ironicamente un ex fidanzato.
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So Katy Perry kissed a girl, we all know that, but what else has this feisty Californian singer, who cites Queen as her biggest influence, got to offer? Well, quite a lot as it turns out. It's certainly believable that she's singing about her own experiences with lyrics about reading teen magazines, shaving her legs and boys, and she manages to convey her emotions with a pretty varied and impressive vocal range. She's got a sound that's kind of Cerys Matthews crossed with Avril Lavigne, but there's a modern, reborn-Britney-esque tinge, which keeps One Of The Boys sounding fresh and funky.

There's a coherence to this record, but the songs have a diversity (aside from the general theme of love for both boys and girls) which keeps things interesting. Thinking Of You is a four-minute plus ballad which laments the end of a relationship and it seems that Katy's true voice shines through here. On some tracks, it feels like she's doing songs 'in the style of', but on this song you can hear an edge and a rawness that makes you feel like you're finally listening to the real Katy. Mannequin and Lost have a similar vibe, and you can believe her constant assertions that she's a strong person and refuses to let herself be walked over. The opening lyric of Ur So Gay, ''I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf'' is slightly violent perhaps, but you get the feeling that Ms Perry has been wronged a few times and isn't going to let it go.

In general, this record is surprising and in a good way. I'm Still Breathing is a refreshing break from the manic pop rock and shows off her versatility. She has a wide variety of sounds and it'll be interesting to see where she goes with the follow-up. I Kissed A Girl is definitely the catchiest song on the album, and it's not certain that second single, Hot N Cold will garner the same interest. The early 90s club vibe doesn't necessarily make it the most single-worthy song. A better choice would have been Self Inflicted, but Katy obviously knows best, and, as she says in final track Fingerprints, she's, ''not going down without a fight''. We'll see.


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