13th Feb2012

Katy Perry’s releases subpar “Part of Me”

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

Katy Perry - Part of Me - single review

If you watched last night’s Grammy Awards, you might have caught Katy Perry‘s performance of “Part of Me”.

The song, produced by pop mega producer Dr. Luke, officially launches Katy Perry’s re-release project Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection.

In many ways, “Part of Me” is similar to the hits in Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream album. The song’s mindless lyrics and simple melody can (and will) be stuck in your head whether you want them to or not.

But it’s also not hard to see why this song was originally rejected for the project. The song’s lyrics are lackluster. In the chorus, for instance, Katy sings clichés such as this: “Throw your bombs and your blows But you’re not gonna break my soul.This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me.”

I mean, sure, Katy isn’t exactly known for poetry, but she has proven in the past that she’s capable of more. “Firework” manages to be self-empowering without throwing out cliches left and right.

The bigger issue with “Part of Me” though is the flow. It simply never picks up. While Katy’s past singles are known for rousing, fist pump-inducing choruses, “Part” simply doesn’t have that. The chorus doesn’t peak anywhere and ends up flat and uninteresting. To make things worse, the song doesn’t translate well live, as demonstrated by Katy’s performance this weekend.

Katy may be trying to win some pity votes with this one following her divorce. Unfortunately, it simply doesn’t work.

I’m still looking forward to her re-release. In the meantime though, I’d like to see “Part of Me” flop so Katy and her team can move on asap.