Katy Perry returns with Prism, her junior album, after an almost two year hiatus following Teenage Dream, this time distancing herself from a trifling divorce still ripe with emotion.
“Walking on Air,” Perry’s latest song from her new album dropped somewhere in the wee hours of Monday morning. Considering the ‘90s house beats, MILF jam remix has me thinking it should’ve been released as a predecessor for “Last Friday Night.”
I am a Katy Perry fan to end all – a “Katy Cat,” if you will. I involuntarily begin to shake when I hear the simple guitar strumming in the beginning of “Teenage Dream,” and I have been known to listen to “Firework” before exams. So typing these words will take a lot out of me.
Upon first, second, and even third listen to “Walking on Air,” I’m not enamored. The heavily syncopated club beat doesn’t give me the same thrill as does “E.T.,” nor does the high BPM do the song justice like that of Roar. Simply put, I feel the song is more fit for an Abercrombie & Fitch playlist than in the hearts of Perry’s fans.
To have this song follow the last release of “Dark Horse” provides a strong juxtaposition. With a sensual, rhythmic sway, “Dark Horse” is the sexual side her Pentecostal parents were afraid of seeing all along. “Walking on Air” is a ’90s soulful song coupled with a distasteful Avicii remix.
With the album drop a mere 21 days away, “Walking on Air” isn’t the provocative reinvention of Katy Perry that many were hoping for. Simply put, this shouldn’t be the song that ushers the album to its grand entry.