16 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

Evasiveness and mumbled subtext has never been Katy Perry’s style (hi there, dancing sharks), but she leans into her personal challenges in thrilling fashion on this third record. It’s a fact that manifests most obviously in “Roar”—an air-punching power-pop anthem set amid the wreckage of a failed relationship—but there are signs of this darker palette elsewhere. “Unconditionally” is a bewitchingly raw ballad and “Dark Horse” (with an effervescent assist from Juicy J) drips with club-ready Southern swag.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Evasiveness and mumbled subtext has never been Katy Perry’s style (hi there, dancing sharks), but she leans into her personal challenges in thrilling fashion on this third record. It’s a fact that manifests most obviously in “Roar”—an air-punching power-pop anthem set amid the wreckage of a failed relationship—but there are signs of this darker palette elsewhere. “Unconditionally” is a bewitchingly raw ballad and “Dark Horse” (with an effervescent assist from Juicy J) drips with club-ready Southern swag.

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