I understand what you mean by the OOTB era.. I guess it's because she wasn't as 'big' as she is now and so she had more freedom .. but now she's a main artist in the pop industry there has to be more rules maybe, and she can't just act like herself and swear as much as she used to cause there's a lot of kids at the concerts, buying her music etc.. and i'd say she's grown up a lot too
If Katy does release an acoustic album, do you think it will be mostly new versions of songs from past albums, or do you think it will be completely new material? Do you think it will reach the level of success as her other albums. If not, do you think Capitol Records will allow her to do it?She already did the MTV unplugged thingy, and I think IF she were to release an acoustic album it would be similar.. I know she said she would really like to do an acoustic album, but I just don't see that happening; I mean besides from real katycats there probably isn't really a market for that kind of thing anyway.. and as for her leaving pop after Prism, yeah she might take a break from music and then branch out into different variations of pop but I don't think she could ever really leave it.
And that's a shame, since the acoustic style really seems to be what suits her voice best.
I totally agree; but not just acoustic. Her style of Pop-rock on OOTB seems to fit her better than her style on Prism. Sometimes, I just feel like songs like Unconditionally (while beautiful and great) are a bit forced. I sometimes wish she went back to her style from OOTB. And if you listen to her unreleased songs from the early-mid 2000s, most of them are either acoustic or semi-rock. Hell, even TD had some rock elements to it.
Why do you not think Prism suits her voice well? I think it does. I think the style that works best with her is songs with soft verses and a strong, powerful, emotional chorus. That style both shows off the softness and the power of her voice. Then again, maybe you and I are both just talking about the style of music that we personally like. I'm not sure that the rock style that you're talking about really shows off the soft beauty of her voice.
I don't know, it just seems like her style from '08 was more natural. There's no way for me to describe it really, because it's merely subjective. I just feel a more natural sound from that era. Having said all that, I may reevaluate after the PWT. She hasn't played most of the Prism songs live, and that's a good indication.
I know what you mean, and I do really wish that Katy was given more freedom to be herself, and not be controlled by industry insiders. At the same time, I do realize that I would have to accept both what I like about her and what I don't like about her. For one, I don't like hearing her curse, since, to me, she has the voice of an angel, and I hate hearing her voice used for anything other than to promote positive messages.
One thing that can be difficult is that (if you include Katy Hudson), Katy has 4 albums, all completely different from each other. None of us know for sure who the "real" Katy is; sometimes, Katy herself might not know. Depending on what kind of music one likes, people tend to have very strong preferences as to which album is the "real" Katy. I see it differently. I don't think she has really changed all that much, although she obviously has matured, as has her audience. Every one of her albums has songs that could have easily fit onto other albums of hers.
I think a main reason why I like Prism so much is because, ever since I saw the Part of Me movie back in July 2012, Prism is exactly the album I expected her to do next! In fact, I predicted that even before Katy herself did. From the Part of Me movie, I felt that she was not completely comfortable with the whipped cream and other on-stage antics from the Teenage Dream era. I expected her to move in a more adult contemporary direction, which is what she did with Prism. I felt it was more the "real" Katy. Plus, her audience matured with her, and I figured Katy would want to mature with her audience, rather than regress toward the next generation of teenage girls. And besides, due to "regression toward the mean", given the unprecedented popularity of Teenage Dream, if her next album had been Teenage Dream 2.0, even if it was the absolute best album ever written, it would have been viewed as a less successful version of Teenage Dream.
Katy had expected her next album to be darker, after her divorce. That was a fear that I had, and not what I wanted to see. However, the album did not turn out that way, and she named it Prism, since it let the light in. As I said, it turned out to be what I had expected since July 2012. I always felt that the songs "Part of Me" and "Wide Awake" were a hint as to what Prism would be, since they were more mature songs that deal with her toughness (Part of Me) and her vulnerability (Wide Awake), which are both major themes on Prism (Roar showing her tough side, By the Grace of God showing her vulnerability). Like I said, I predicted this album even before Katy did, since she had expected a darker album. I think people who were expecting the darker album that Katy had mentioned were of course disappointed by Prism. People who would have liked Prism but expected a darker album may not have ever given Prism a chance (I initially wasn't interested in it, since I had expected it to be a male bashing album, which of course it did not turn out to be at all). People who were expecting Teenage Dream 2.0 were disappointed, even though it includes songs that could have been on Teenage Dream. People expecting a return to One of the Boys were disappointed, even though it includes songs that could have been on One of the Boys. People who were expecting a full Christian album were disappointed, even though it does include Christian-influenced songs. In fact, some people seem to think the album is too Christian for their tastes.
Anyway, which songs do I believe are the "real" Katy? Again, my opinion is based on the biases of my own personal preferences. I tend to think the "real" Katy songs are "Thinking of You", "Lost", "Fingerprints", "Teenage Dream" (that song has so much special meaning to me, and I wish people would actually listen to the lyrics), "Firework", "The One that Got Away", "E.T", "Pearl", "Not Like the Movies", "Who Am I Living For" (possibly the best song from that album, and the most "real" Katy), "Part of Me", "Wide Awake", and basically all of "Prism", especially "Roar", "Legendary Lovers", "Unconditionally", "By the Grace of God", and the 3 bonus tracks (why those weren't on the standard version is beyond me). But I consider every "Prism" song to be the "real" Katy, not just the ones I listed.