Katy Perry – Chained To The Rhythm
Katy Perry’s much awaited new track was first released to the public via the enigmatic campaign of public mirror balls which people could plug their headphones in to listen. It’s now available for wider public consumption, so how is it? First of all, let’s just resign ourselves to the reality that it’s going to be another one of those songs on heavy rotation everywhere, and no matter what, it’s hooks will get themselves into you, like it or not. Unfortunately that’s part of the problem. There isn’t really a hook apart from some of Perry’s vocal repetitions that wander dangerously close to the kind of territory that Sia has already established firm ownership of. Of course, having waited so long for a new Katy Perry hit, chances are that this may well be a way of waking us up once again to her unstoppable pop juggernaut before she unleashes the full album and a torrent of absolute bangers. Perhaps in choosing ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ as the lead single, its been part of a decision to play it safe and not peak too soon. Let’s be fair, this is a pop track that you can dance to. It certainly provides that service. But a classic pop tune it ain’t, sadly. Perry’s returning familiar vocals are very welcome, but it would be nice to see something that takes the outrageous joy of ‘Roar’ and the brooding sass of ‘Dark Horse’ and takes us into some really exciting, new pop territory.