At the 2012 Echo Awards Katy Perry gave yet another pitchy performance of new single Part Of Me. One could argue Perry makes up for the vocal deficiency with her peppy and energetic stage presence, but I don't understand how someone who has just finished an extensive tour- where she sang live- could still sound like such an amateur.
Taken from the re-release of 2010's Teenage Dream, which now carries the suffix "The Complete Confection", people could argue the star is just having teething trouble with the new material. But Perry has already sung it live a few times- Sports Relief and the Grammys- and it doesn't seem to be getting any better, so surely it can't be that.
Still, I admit that I can't help but like Katy Perry and the catchy pop music she makes. It's a realisation I've come to quite unexpectedly and Part of me is no different. The melody of the song is particularly catchy, and lyrics like "You chew me up and spit me out, like I was poison in your mouth" and " You rip me off, your love was cheap, was always tearing at the seams" are simple but effective at communicating the emotions of this messy break-up.
The middle eight is awfully written though, and the vocals are not quite raw enough to really lift it into "anthem" territory- P!nk or Kelly Clarkson would have smashed it. However, Part Of Me is still a great pop song that should continue Katy Perry's high charting singles run.
Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection is released on 26th of March
Part Of Me performance at Echo Awards:
Orginal Video Version of Part Of Me: