Announcements Spring Applications Due Friday, January 24th at 23:59! Ever dream of being a DJ? Well, today’s your lucky day: Applications for the spring semester are being accepted, but not for long! To apply, simply login using CAS, hit the Apply button in the banner, fill out the application, and click submit; it’s that easy! We’ll let you soon if you’ve been accepted via email! Do it, do it now!! Latest Frequency Fan Talk Friday: Katy Perry Howdy, ya’ll, and welcome to Album Filler, where we talk about Chart Topping Albums, but none of the songs you’ve heard of. Today we’re looking at a Katheryn Hudson album; however, rather than looking at a more resent album from this continuously rising pop star, I’m going to be looking instead at her first album under the name ‘Katy Perry’, which is surprisingly her second album. Going back to 2008, we’ll be going through the “One of Boys” album by Katy Pretty and see what about it allowed her to burst into mainstream popularity and placed her into the spotlight of the American radio waves. Katheryn Hudson started out her musical foundations in the gospel roots with her parents being very religious and keeping her away from most mainstream music at the time. She released her first album “Katy Hudson” in 2001 and it reflects her upbringing, being a mostly Christian rock and contemporary styles of work. But, once she got her record deal to the Capital Music Group, she let loose and released a pretty… interesting album. Most of you know this album from its more popular singles of “Hot n’ Cold” and “I Kissed a Girl”, and obviously she wanted to have a bit of a rebellion from her suppressed childhood. Within this work we can find a lot of different styles, there’s the mentioned high energy, rebellious pop tracks, and… would you believe me if I say… there’s indie and alternative rock in here too? No? Thought so. BUT, that is the case, and we’re going to be looking at two examples of those genres now: “I’m Still Breathing” and “Mannequin”. Katy Perry – I’m Still Breathing Ok, so calling a song ‘indie’ is kind of a blanket term for lot styles of music and to be honest this song is probably more closely tied to her first album, with its cooling vibes and very laid back beat and style throughout the opening and verses, but very conventional contemporary style chorus. Really there’s not much to say about this song since it has is low impact demeanor, but the thing that really keeps stunning me is the first minute of this song. It’s just good. Like I can’t really describe it, but it has such a cool indie rock/pop feel to it that I wish, OH HOW I WISH, that it kept this feeling throughout the entire track rather than slowly blend into a popish contemporary feel, but even that has its perks to those who care for that style. But, this first minute is just full of really interesting ideas and textures. The underlining beat is an underplayed but still defined drum beat that has a few flavors of funk or blues and just so laid back that you can’t help but nod your head to it. Katy also puts such a cool flavor to this opening with a haunting vocal performance, almost like a whisper, with such an interesting word choice that to me just screams indie: “I leave the gas on, walk the alleys in the dark…” just the odd kind of lyrical methods that have a disjointed diction but still able to paint this mysterious and interesting picture. There’s also a nice keyboard progression in the first half of the opening that sort of teases the vocal portion of it and then used as a harmony for Katy’s part, which again is a nice blending touch while keeping this indie feel without getting too pop-like. To top all of this off, there’s this unusual sound overlaying the whole opening; it’s a weird humming like noise, almost like a computer generated wind but with a pitch. Whatever it is, it’s great and really helps connect all the moods in this song’s opening. Sadly, as I said before, it breaks this feel once the chorus hits and never really gets back on this note for the rest of the song. But I felt like these sixty seconds still made up for it and really showed the musical range potential, in vocals and in genres, that Katy could pull off. And speaking of genres that Katy could have pulled off… Katy Perry – Mannequin So I’m just going to come out and say it: Katy Perry could have been better than Paramore. Yes, I am throwing Hayley Williams under the bus and saying that Katy could have done it better. Now, that’s not just cause I think Hayley’s new stuff is bad (and I do) but the potential deep, DEEP inside this song could have been cracked open and a rock goddess would have emerged. Ok, so maybe I’m over exaggerating a bit, but this song is still pretty cool regardless. When I was going through a few of her older songs again, most notably “Kissed a Girl”, I noticed that she is such a rocker; or at least at the time she wasn’t singing these songs as a pop star should, cause her vocals have too much edge for that. And the perfect example of this is her vocals in this song, Mannequin. So, if taken out of the context of Katy Perry and judged by the song alone, it would be a… pretty good, not great, but a solid rock track for an up-in coming alternative rock group. The lyrics aren’t really anything to write home about, it’s a basic love story (kinda) where Katy is trying to get through to a boy she likes that seems oblivious, or maybe a jerk, to her and also some backlash of failure to said plan. The word play isn’t all too super either, though I do enjoy her insulting this guy constantly, pretty much saying he’s just a poser of sorts and “not a man”. The musical accompaniment is very characteristic of alternative rock styles, which by nature is pretty bland, but the chords and tempre of it keep the aggressive and angry mood going, so it’s doing its job. Though I do really enjoy the arrangement for the harmony in the chorus, the short duration and patterns for the chord progression just has such a head banging rhythm to it. BUT, the real sticking point for me is just how into it Katy seems to be in this song. I mean, she is just wailing it in the choruses, it’s so beautifully raw and imperfect and a bit gritty too. It’s something we don’t really hear her do in anything past this album. Take for example in her newer song “Roar”, it’s very… corrected, like as in when she tries to get into it, during the chorus or the bigger parts around the end, yes its louder but it just seems boring and unemotional, they’re no feeling behind it, just shifts in pitch and volume. Where in this song, there is a clear difference in her tonalities and projection. I’m not very versed in describing vocals but I think listening to these two songs back to back, you’ll see where I’m coming from. And that’s Katy Perry, she’s had quite the history and popularity in the past eight or so years and with her singles constantly topping, does not seem like she’s going to be slowing down any time soon. Though I may not enjoy her more newer works, and her older songs may be more my guilty pleasures than all that spectacular, there is no deigning that she has raw talent and could surprise us at any time.