- Release date:
- June 17, 2008
- Artist/Band name:
- Katy Perry
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Why you should care: The first two tracks released from “One of the Boys” were both irresistible ear candy with just enough raciness to hold your attention: “I Kissed a Girl,” whose subject matter is pretty obvious, and “Ur So Gay,” an emo-bashing anthem that’s either horribly homophobic or a sly piece of social commentary, or possibly both.
Verdict: As with most pop albums this elaborately produced, the star of the show often threatens to disappear beneath a raging torrent of ProTools. But Katy Perry seems to be the real deal. On her strongest songs, she combines the best traits of Lily Allen and Avril Lavigne, a sassy, snarky pop princess with an appealingly vulnerable streak that comes through not only on big ballads like “Lost” and “I’m Still Breathing,” but also on the goofily retro title track, on which she’s bragging that she can belch the alphabet one minute and shyly confessing that she wants to be your “pin-up poster dream” the next. And there’s a consistently sharp pop sensibility that runs through the whole album, peaking on the almost unbearably catchy “Hot N Cold.”
X-Factor: Katy Perry might be the only artist on the planet who has officially been endorsed by Madonna, Perez Hilton (both of whom are big “Ur So Gay” fans) and the Warped Tour, which has invited her out for its entire 2008 itinerary.