I understand that Rebecca Black has been getting a lot of heat lately for what has come to be known as the most-hated song on YouTube and probably in the entire recording industry. But focusing all our energy on her is just a waste because music is constantly evolving (or not) and there’s always something new. I am by no means saying that Friday is a good song-that’s far from it, but rather, let’s focus our energy on things that matter. Like Katy Perry.
Katy Perry has been on a roll as of late. Since she came onto the scene with the epically-controversial I Kissed A Boy, her career has only been going upwards. 2010 saw the release of her hit-album Teenage Dream with songs like California Girl, Firework and the title track going on to top the charts and feature prominently on the famous TV musical dramadey Glee.
Single Cover for Katy Perry's E.T. (Image via Wikipedia)
Her first venture in 2011 is a collaboration with Kanye West, who seems to be everywhere lately, named E.T. Yes, that E.T.
Apparently, the whole song is about being in love with a foreigner- something that is true in Perry’s case, as she married British comedian Russel Brand late last year. But if you happen to hear this song on the radio without consulting Wikipedia, you’re just going to think the song is about alien sex- and West does nothing to dispel that notion with his few rap verses.
I’ll admit, the beat is very catchy, especially at the breakdown verse where she says ” You’re from a whole other world, a different dimension, You open my eyes, And I’m ready to go, Lead me into the light” but the rest of the song is very shallow (hence the reason why I brought up Friday in the opening paragraph). I’m very disappointed because one of the writers of this track is Max Martin , whose almost legendary in the world of good pop music.
But if vocal-enhancers are being used, it doesn’t show, because the 26 year-old singer is actually able to carry a note (and a very high one).
The video also just recently came out, and features the two collaborators in, what else, an extra terrestrial setting. Though I really don’t want to get this video, especially since this seems to be the craze (see Gaga’s Born this Way video for further proof), I am going to applaud the hard work that went into making Perry into an alien. She’s not strikingly pretty but she’s not ugly either and I really loved her look in Teenage Dream. Anyways, this excess does serve a purpose here and I like it.
Everything else? No just no, no, no! Kanye looks like a fish out of water, the whole robot coming to life in the end sequence is creepy, and I really don’t understand the very obvious sunglasses product placement and the walking into the sunlight thing. Maybe I just don’t want to… Maybe Perry should just focus her next projects on more Earthly things (and stop banishing Adele from the top of the charts)
Here’s the video for your viewing enjoyment. What do you think?