Back in the late 2000’s, things were a lot different than they are now. Katy Perry wasn’t yet a household name, she had only dropped her second album and performed on Warped Tour in 2008. That last one is a thought I’m still having trouble processing considering how large of a pop star she is now, yet something about it is very fitting considering how her sophomore effort One Of The Boys sounded. This record was pure pop rock, fitting perfectly into the mold that was pop music. At times it sounds like it was Disney Channel inspired and at other times it almost sounds like she fronts a pop punk band. But throughout it all, each song is made up of Perry’s own unique songwriting where each one feels like a chapter in a storybook and her well recognized vocals. I’m sure we’re all also aware of her distinctive fashion choices, and with all of these things put together, she had everything she needed to become a major pop star. It’s no wonder she did.
The albums lead single, “I Kissed A Girl”, stirred up enough controversy and garnered enough attention around the rest of the songs, and even ended up becoming Katy Perry’s first number one song on the Billboard albums chart. “Hot n Cold” and “Waking Up In Vegas” still remain as not only some of Perry’s most popular tracks but some of the most memorable tracks from the time period in general. I do have to say that these three singles are probably the most radio worthy songs out of all of them. But then again, that’s what singles are for anyway. With that being said, however, I do want to emphasize that the rest of the album has some phenomenal moments that are different than what was heard on the radio, and they really stood out to me by how interesting they were in tone and production.
“One Of The Boys”
The slight synth on this one and the easy going guitar humming in the background is exactly what music sounded like from 2008 and something about this makes me miss this type of sound. It’s difficult to place my finger on but this is so lively and the lyrics are dense and just as energetic.
Perry’s vocals shine on this song, the chorus parts are insanely catchy and the entire track is balanced, from the heavier guitar parts to the slight synth and bells heard throughout. Fantastic song.
One thing Perry was always good at was composing choruses which made her songs stick in your mind for days on end, and this one is probably one of the best examples of that. The lyricism on this one is also very well done, and while it’s quirky it doesn’t ever become corny which is an achievement in itself.