In 2020, I had created a thread meant to rank Katy's discography prior to Smile's arrival. However, since Smile is officially here, I'm going to make a rank listing all of her albums so far. I'll also add her Katy Hudson album at the end for a simple kii. Enjoy!
*Note: I fixed this list. This revision is final. - sometime, 2022
**Extra note: I fixed it again. Turns out I am a Katy Clown. - Dec, 2022
Welcome to her best album! Teenage Dream a.k.a. The Album of La Perry. This album had produced her biggest and arguably most memorable hits to date (California Gurls featuring Snoop Dogg, Teenage Dream, Firework, E.T. remix with Kanye West (!), Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), The (Number) One (Hit) That Got Away, plus the Complete Confection reissue which produced yet another number one hit titled Part of Me and a number two hit called Wide Awake). The concept is vain; a teenage fantasy of an already adult woman. If only that woman had fantasized all of these dreams because her teenage years were so repressed an- wait, isn't that the point? Anyway, it wouldn't be that long for the Californian gurl to achieve enormous success with all the hits, only for her to be dismissed by professional music critics as a disposable pop-tart with a garbage album (Peacock, I blame you for that). Maybe they missed the point (Who Am I Living For?, Pearl), maybe they didn't get her humor (Circle the Drain, Hummingbird Heartbeat, Not Like the Movies), maybe she deserved another lashings (fucking Peacock, I swear), etc. Sickly sweet as it is, the hooks are omnipresent. The lyrics are, well, fine I guess. The singing is breathy and cool for the most part, and the featured artists all complimented the songs they're featured on each. Not bad for a girl with some talent!
PRISM a.k.a. teenage who? Dreamed of what? Let me quote some lyrics, alright? Here's the opening line of Roar, a number one hit single from this album:
I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Um, alright. That must've hurt. ANOTHER ONE!
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
...so Peacock wasn't your choice then? Oh, what a relief! I am so gl-
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
Alright, shut up already. You pushed Capitol Records to include fucking Peacock to your biggest album ever, you witch!
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything...
I just don't believe you. You. Wrote. Peacock.
Prism is...fine. Seriously, the tunes are terrific here except for Roar's lazy-ass remake of Sara Bareilles's Brave. Even that is still fine. She made some efforts to be poetic (Legendary Lovers, Birthday's "big, big, big, big, big, big balloons," Walking on Air, Double Rainbow), inspirational (Roar...ugh, somebody will love you Unconditionally one day, Dark Horse, Love Me), quotable for Instagram woo yass! (This Is How We Do, International Smile, Ghost's I see thru u now uwu *crying emoji*, This Moment), and there's shockingly layers of depth in a lot of these songs (Ghost, By the Grace of God, It Takes Two, Choose Your Battles). Constructed when she was phresh out the runway of divorce, it was initially reported to have been conceived as a #dark album for Katy. Ha, you thought! John Mayer was probably the sole inspiration for this iteration of the album (Double Rainbow, Spiritual). Anyway, the ballads are #emotional and not boring, you cigs!
Smile. Clownery. It's best to describe this album as a disappointment. Especially for Katy herself. The tunes are uninspiring partly because of how much of its sound have been made before (by herself!) and how there are much better songs in her discography anyway. The album is underwhelming. But, honestly what do we want more from her these days? Katy has always been this way. Safe (Cry About It Later), clichéd (Teary Eyes, Resilient), occasionally excellent for a song or two (Never Really Over,
Small Talk Tucked), then back to safe (Daisies, Not the End of the World, Only Love) with even more clichés (Champagne Problems, What Makes a Woman). This is fairly tolerable considering just how committed she is to her crafts. I mean, before Dua Lipa became everybody's favorite, Katy already did what a megastar should do multiplied by 10. It's worth to mention that she is the only artist that rivals Michael Jackson for that one achievement that the Katy Cats love to reminisce on and on again like it's still 2012. Anyway. Kudos to her singing improvement by the way.
One of the Boys a.k.a. her debut album as Katy Perry (wouldn't you like to know, huh). A lot of these songs are questionable even back then and there's a reason why she received a backlash (I Kissed a Girl, Ur So Gay) almost immediately. I believe that many Katy Cats consider it as Katy's best album simply because it houses some of her catchiest melodies with perfectly polished productions (One of the Boys, Waking Up in Vegas, Hot n Cold). However, when you read the lyrics without all of those elements, it's just tragic (Ur So Gay, Self Inflicted, Lost, Fingerprints). Surprisingly, there's plenty of creative songwriting here; some hearty lines and witty metaphors, admittedly more varied than her later materials (Thinking of You, Mannequin, If You Can Afford Me, I'm Still Breathing). Overall, it was truly a product of such a bygone era. Bye, Felicia!
I don't care what anybody says, this remains her best album to date!
- Bionic-AHHH!, or maybe it was Tama, either way...what a fool (April 28, 2020)
I can't believe I had deluded myself into thinking that this was a great album, let alone her best album to date?! What was wrong with me?!?!! I guess back then I falsely considered it as her best album because it's slightly more adventurous than any Katy Perry albums from before (Witness, Power, Mind Maze, Tsunami). I still genuinely believe that the titular track is one of the best songs that she has ever made. I even like Swish Swish with the did I fucking LIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE????!!!?! chanteuse, Nicki Meanage. However, the majority of this album sucked ass. Badly. The lyrics are as inspirational (the run from Déjà Vu up to Bigger Than Me) as a company-powered greeting cards for their grumpy and overworked laborers in Labor Day, and every bit as girlbossy (Hey Hey fuckin' Hey, Power, Act My Age...that one is just pure immature fun yeah) as a series of Katy Perry™ inspirational girl power lyric sheets could get, but I swear some of the lines were written while she was still high off that ridiculous rollercoaster in the Chained to the Rhythm music video, still hanging upside down as her fabulous cotton candy pink wig got swept away by the wind (Roulette, Déjà Vu, Mind Maze, Bon Appétit bay-bæh, Pendulum, Into My Bussy). There's plenty of tunes here but none of them are remarkable. The lyrics are, once again, inspirational as they are but also incredibly unbelievable because she has been in total control ever since the beginning of her career AT LEAST for the sequencing of each tracklist of each album of hers. Privately, maybe she wasn't as powerful as we thought she was, therefore validating the more personal songs here (the song about sitting at the dinner table, Miss You More, Save as Draft, Dance with the Devil). But let's be real, she did look better with the darker hair no matter how long or short it was, no matter how #fakeperry #disrealkaty #perryblondepixie it was to her. Also, minus points for homophobes (read: Migos). #whygod
6. Her actual debut album. Wouldn't you like to know, huh. It's self-titled, Katy Hudson. It's...I don't know her. I actually have never listened to this one aside from one song that I don't even remember. And I don't want to check it out on YouTube, by the way. I'm not even sure why I include it here. All I know is that it's Christian contemporary music, which is fine. I guess. Idk. Maybe I should listen to it, yeah? Hmmm...don't know about that. I also don't know if I should include the album cover since she's serving elite illuminati on it. How very Christian contemporary conservative of her!
There it is, Kathryn.
So, that is all! This is my (actual) definitive ranking of La Perry's alberms. I definitely want to see a change in sound and imagery. It's getting tired sis, you've become the trope yourself! Her lyrical works also need to improve because whew she's so quirky yes. No, ma'am. Let's have a talk, let's change for the better. Witness was a step towards a good direction, I can sustain that opinion, but it's still so formulaic despite of its "new" electronica production. At least the Ur Gay Yes album had variety in its metaphors, perspectives, similes, etc. Seriously, take some time off and get inspired. Maybe make that acoustic album that you seem to have been teasing since day 1. Finally, centipedes do NOT slither. THEY CRAWL!!!
Edited by Ho-oH
I regained my sense of self respect