Today, Katy Perry released her latest single “Chained to the Rhythm.” Katy has been cleverly teasing the song all week by having stations all over the world where people can plug-in headphones and listen to the song. This is the first Katy Perry single since the release of “Rise” for the Olympics. And it’s time to dive into “Chained to the Rhythm.”
The song is insanely danceable. It’s like she sat in a laboratory for months plotting and planning this perfect mix. The song is a mix between disco and the new style of pop music. It totally works for her. It’s very much different that what she usually puts out. It’s welcome change to what she normal does. Changing up music genre and style has done wonders for other artists (i.e. Madonna, Britney). It was time for Katy Perry to do the same.
And the lyrics are catchy and meaningful. Like it’s nothing she has ever done before. Sure, the other songs in her catalog are catchy. But most aren’t this deep and meaningful. It’s like she was trying to create a conversation with her song, which is what all musicians should strive to do. Most of the pop music in this day and age are just about love, getting your heart stopped on, or sex. This song was pretty much about being too comfortable to see, say, or stop things we don’t agree with. “So comfortable, we live in a bubble, a bubble/So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, the trouble” So being “Chained to the Rhythm” is a metaphor for being chained to not saying anything and just being caught up in the life so much that you aren’t aware of what’s going on around you. The song is rather fitting for the political climate going in the US today, no matter what side you are on.
The one complain I have is that the rap. While it’s a good rap, It’s sounds a little bit out of placed. In a song with the music style of this, rapping doesn’t really flow right with it. It’s kinda like he showed up and then the team realized “Oh, crap. We promised him he can be on it too.”
Overall, The song is a very good song. The only thing not going with the song is the rap. Without the rap, it would probably be a five-star song.
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