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Katy Perry - Smile: Album review

After teasing us with glimpses of what to expect from her new album ‘Smile’, Katy Perry’s latest release is finally here.

We’ve already heard first track ‘Never Really Over’, a classic pop song about regret and the chance of reigniting lost love.

The summery single, ‘Daisies’ with its message that setbacks can often turn out to be blessings in disguise is also recognisable on the album.

Katy Perry. Image provided by Chuff Media. (41725143)
Katy Perry. Image provided by Chuff Media. (41725143)

And there’s the punchy, bright and breezy title track ‘Smile.’

Mixed in with perfect, bouncy pop records, Katy also shows her more sensitive side on the album, particularly with the track ‘Cry About It Later’ - a more melancholy song, but still with an uplifting beat.

I liked the cleverly-titled ‘Champagne Problems’ (track eight), with elements of a string section on top of a floaty beat.

‘Harleys in Hawaii’ is the perfect escapism track, as she sings about riding away on a motorbike.

The album closes with ‘What Makes a Woman’ which seems to draw its influence from a country record, with its arpeggio guitar and song structure - but given a pop twist.

It’s going to please Katy Perry fans and is sure to produce more hit singles.

Zoe Myall

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