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Katy Perry
"One Of The Boys"

© Capitol Records

Year of Release: 2008

track listing
  • One Of The Boys
  • I Kissed A Girl
  • Waking Up IN Vegas
  • Thinking Of You
  • Mannequin
  • Ur So Gay
  • Hot N Cold
  • If You Can Afford Me
  • Lost
  • Self Inflicted
  • I'm Still Breathing
  • Fingerprints

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    "One Of The Boys"

    Katy Perry debuts this week, with her official debut album of her career -- One Of The Boys, released in 2008. For an artist to achieve "acceptance" in today's musical world, Katy Perry has been accepted, with a glorious A+.

    "One Of The Boys" -- The title track has Katy telling how she does NOT want to be one of the boys; she just wants to be a common girl, reading Seventeen magazine, catching boys staring at her, and what the boys normally think about girls. But then, there's "I Kissed A Girl" (and she likes it) -- Is it a song about bi-curiousity? Apparently so, and Katy tells how it's "innocent." (Remember Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again" ("I'm not that innocent.") This song would be Katy's first #1 hit.

    "Waking Up In Vegas" tells the story of how "he" was drunk, and "she's" broke, as they both wake up in Las Vegas, and waking up, trying to figure out "what the heck happened" the night before. (Didn't this kind of happen to Britney Spears' first marriage? It lasted only 55 hours.)

    "Thinking Of You" -- "'Cause when I'm with him, I'm Thinking Of You..." A sad story of "what could have been" -- I'm sure we've all been in this particular situation -- "What if..." This song kind of has a Alanis Morissette feel. Then there's "Mannequin," where Katy sings about where she wants to "turn on a switch, and listen to the real man" -- "'Cause you're not a man, You're just a Mannequin, I wish you could feel, That my love is real, But you're not a man. I wish I could just turn you on, Put a battery in and make you talk, Even pull a string, For you to say anything." Yes, another siutation many can relate to.

    "Ur So Gay" -- Trying to figure out, if Katy is singing about a boy or a girl: "Ur so gay and you don't even like boys." Speaking of "trying to figure out," there's "Hot N Cold" -- a song about how one person is "hot" and "cold" the next. Again, haven't we experenced someone (or more) like this? "If You Can Afford Me" tells the story of how you have to prove yourself to another. "Lost" has some serious lyrics, in how we feel "lost." (Another Alanis-related song?) "Self Inflicted" has how you're taking everything another person has, both the goods and bads. A risk-taking song. Another situation we can all relate to.

    "I'm Still Breathing" is another sad song, about how a relationship is about to end. "Fingerprints" has hope -- of how to take everything in stride, despite how sometimes things just aren't turning out the way(s) you expected. "I wanna break the mold, Wanna break the stereotype, Fist in the air, I'm not going down without a fight."

    Having the lyrics to follow with an album helps extremely, to understand each song. (I feel the same way when it comes to Rap albums, where the lyrics are hard to understand, just with any other style of music in some cases.) There's a lot of comparisons to life we can relate to, in each of Katy's songs here. A little of Britney, a little of Alanis, we can all relate one way or another to each lyrics' meanings. Katy Perry bolted on the scene with "I Kissed A Girl" and got us wondering who she really is. She became more and more popular (all in the positive light), and she even got to play the Superbowl XLIX Halftime in 2015. More of her albums were released, and more #1 hits followed. Katy Perry is one of today's most popular artists, and after listening to her debut, it's obvious, her songwriting (she wrote or co-write all the songs on her debut) is one of her best skills, and of course, she is good eye candy to look at. Just like when Britney Spears first came on the scene, we noticed how she looked, and how she would develop in the upcoming years and decades. So far, Katy Perry has done better than Britney; Britney had her ups and downs, and so far, Katy has achieved everything for the good.

    One Of The Boys by Katy Perry is a great album, and shows how today's music should sound like. The songs tell stories that we can all relate to, one way or another. Meaningful lyrics does help, and having the lyrics shown in the CD packaging to follow is a plus. Katy Perry continues her popularity, all in the good lights, and let's all hope it keeps going upwards in today's musical world. Today's music is so hard to follow, because most of the music just isn't as good as it used to be. Sure, there are some artists who get to be "approved" -- Katy Perry is one of them.

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