Katy Perry - Wide Awake
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012)
Ah... the Katy Perry ballad. It's as rare as a good Nicolas Cage film, but it does exist! Her desire to claim a billion #1 singles from 'Teenage Dream' has seen her focus on energetic singles like 'Last Friday Night' and 'Part of Me,' but there's a couple of slower songs in her repertoire. Well, three come to mind; 'Thinking of You,' 'Not Like the Movies' and 'Wide Awake.' Yeah... the last one's the track we're only hearing now. Oh, you count 'Firework' as a ballad? That's... nice. Anyway, there's nothing wrong with K Pez shying away from the ballad. Her vocal limitations are perfectly suited to more uptempo numbers (see Spears, B and Minogue, K) and those catchy pop smashes like 'Teenage Dream?' They ain't half bad. Why mess with success?
'Wide Awake' is the least memorable thing we've heard from the former Mrs. Brand since... 'Thinking of You.' Again, ballads... not her forte. I'm assuming this is a filler track for the re-release of Teenage Dream later in the year. For her sake, I'm hoping this is just a filler track. If it's released as the next single, I feel like Katy's dream run of US #1 singles will be coming to an end. Then again, I'm not one of the millions of 14 year-old girls that will iTunesing the shi-- out of this. Do you think Katy Perry's got another #1 hit in the making with 'Wide Awake?'