MTV Unplugged (Katy Perry album)
|Live album by Katy Perry|
|Released||November 17, 2009 (U.S);
November 27, 2009 (Brazil)
|Recorded||July 22, 2009
in New York City
|Genre||Acoustic, lounge music|
|Katy Perry chronology|
MTV Unplugged is the first live album by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry, and was released by Capitol in the United States on November 17, 2009. The two disc CD/DVD package comprises stripped-down songs performed by Perry for MTV on July 22, 2009, in New York City as part of the MTV Unplugged series. The album features rearranged takes on Perry's hit songs like "I Kissed a Girl", "Waking Up in Vegas", and "Thinking of You," as well as two brand-new songs, Perry's version of Fountains of Wayne's "Hackensack" and an original song, "Brick by Brick." The DVD also features exclusive interview footage.
In 2009, MTV decided to relaunch its Unplugged music performance series with a series of exclusive monthly performances, including Katy Perry. After releasing her breakthrough album, One of the Boys, Perry felt MTV Unplugged was the perfect medium for her to show off who she really is as an artist and share the stories behind her songs with an audience.
Unplugged opens with a jazz and lounge music rendition of "I Kissed a Girl", which emphasizes heavy bass-lines throughout the song, and has been noted to resemble Cabaret performances. "Ur So Gay" is "tasseled in billowy jazzy horns". "Hackensack" contains country music influences and explores the use of a string section. "Thinking of You" is a downtempo ballad "decorated in swirls of orchestral strings" according to Susan Frances of Hybrid Magazine, and has received comparisons to Sarah MacLachlan. "Lost" is a country music ballad that incorporates elements of americana music in its production, "Brick By Brick" is a folk song reminiscent of the 1960's, and utilizes sparsely chained chords, giving the song a "torchlight ambience".
Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album three out of five stars, pointing out the album's weaknesses, but praising Katy for being a hard working music act and "seeming more likeable here than she did on her debut".
The CD/DVD comes in a standard jewel case. The same tracks are on the DVD and the CD.
|1.||"I Kissed a Girl"||Katy Perry, Łukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Cathy Dennis||4:12|
|2.||"Ur So Gay"||Perry, Greg Wells||4:26|
|3.||"Hackensack"||Chris Collingwood, Adam Schlesinger||3:04|
|4.||"Thinking of You"||Perry||4:41|
|5.||"Lost"||Perry, Ted Bruner||5:01|
|6.||"Waking Up in Vegas"||Perry, Desmond Child, Andreas Carlsson||3:33|
|7.||"Brick by Brick"||Perry, Wells||4:39|
|French Albums Chart||192|
|Swiss Albums Chart||82|
|U.S. Billboard 200||168|
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