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Witness CD by Katy Perry 1Disc
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# Song Title   Time
1)    Witness
2)    Hey Hey Hey
3)    Roulette
4)    Swish Swish
5)    Dj Vu
6)    Power
7)    Mind Maze
8)    Miss You More
9)    Chained to the Rhythm
10)    Tsunami
11)    Bon Apptit
12)    Bigger Than Me
13)    Save as Draft
14)    Pendulum
15)    Into Me You See
 
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Performer Notes
  • Recording information: Blase Boys Club Studios; Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA; Henson Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Jungle City Studios, New York, NY; MXM Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Secret Garden Recording Studios. Santo Barbara, CA; Unsub Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Wolf CousinsStockholm, Sweden.
  • Katy Perry achieved maturation with Prism, the 2013 album anchored on the self-empowerment anthem "Roar" and the club smash "Dark Horse." Considering how "Roar" scored the closing stages of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, it would've seemed like a logical move for Perry to build upon its adult alternative affirmation but she's instead chosen to use "Dark Horse" as a blueprint for Witness, the long-awaited 2017 successor to Prism. Perhaps Perry shifted her approach after "Rise," the "Roar"-alike written for the 2016 Olympics that she also performed at that year's Democratic National Convention, failed to crack the Top Ten, perhaps she always planned to construct this album with electronic beats and synths, but Witness is so slick with synths it seems slippery. Arriving on the heels of Prism, a record littered with AAA crossover ballads, the dance-heavy Witness feels like a bit of a shock. The album is filled with songs where Perry attempts to address big cultural issues while walking a musical cutting edge. These conflicting desires surface on a tune as effervescent as "Chained to the Rhythm" -- the only track here that could be called that, although "Pendulum" comes close -- and a song as somnolent as "Bigger Than Me," the second of two ballads on the record and the one that addresses the fallout of the 2016 presidential election. Despite some sociological broad strokes, Perry generally keeps her focus personal -- and usually romantic, although "Swish Swish" plays like a swipe at another superstar -- a decision that, when married to aggressive EDM-pop, makes Witness feel very different than Prism. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the gospel-choir-assisted 'Pendulum,' which brings a vintage Perry vocal performance to some late-Eighties filigrees by Kanye producer Jeff Bhasker."

Spin - "'Mind Maze,' one of the Purity Ring songs, features some cool vocal manipulation that adds a new texture to Perry's discography."

Entertainment Weekly - "[I]t's refreshing to hear Perry distance herself further from the PG-rated fun of TEENAGE DREAM....Still, this is a Katy Perry record, so she wisely serves up a few sugar rushes." -- Grade: B

NME (Magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The compelling `Hey Hey Hey' sees Katy dressing up Lorde's languid, spacious sound, adding some serious girl power..."
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