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"Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)" (CD Single)
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What's the story?
Pop princess Katy Perry has collaborated with Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J on her second single DARK HORSE from her album Prism. On this track Perry's love is compared to a drug and is described as addictive and dangerous: "She eat your heart out / Like Jeffrey Dahmer." Perry is as confident as ever but drops the positive, girl-power message from her past hits, instead taunting, "So you wanna play with magic / Boy, you should know whatcha falling for / Baby, do you dare to do this?"
Is it any good?
"Dark Horse" is a refreshing departure from Perry's more saccharine hits like "Roar." The heavy bass, the synth, and weird samples work really well with Perry's more restrained vocals. Also, it's a nice change for the lyrics not to focus on getting over past relationships, like most of her hits have done since her split with Russell Brand.
Still, what's missing from "Dark Horse" is the sing-along chorus that makes her girl-power anthems so catchy. The chorus builds up to where you'd expect Perry to belt out a hook but instead drops to a distorted, "There's no going back," before going back to the verse. It's a letdown. Also, Juicy J's obligatory rapping is downright terrible. Overall, it's a nice departure for Perry, but hopefully she doesn't stay on this route too long.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the relationship described in the song. Do you think the all-consuming, addictive aspect of Perry's love is positive or healthy?
Do you like the collaboration with Juicy J? Why or why not?
Why do you think Perry decided to make a track so different from her other songs?
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