On her new album Smile, Katy Perry does what Katy Perry does best, Pop Princess Realness. If you like Katy Perry’s style, then Smile is more of the same. If you don’t like Katy Perry, well obviously, there’s something wrong with you.
Katy’s music and lyrics always focus on the silver lining, looking on the bright side of such things as a menage a trois or alien probings. Katy’s glass is always half full, but on Smile, her crystal chalice has some cracks that she’s filling in with her bubblegum pop to prevent her “Champagne Problems” from seeping out.
Whether it’s going out for a night on the town leaving all her troubles behind in “Cry About It Later” or hitting the dance floor while sobbing in “Teary Eyes,” Smile tries to have all the answers to life’s miseries.
No, Smile isn’t anything new or exciting, but sometimes you just want to sit down with an old friend and commiserate. That’s what Smile excels at.