With lead single “Roar” and 2 promotional singles (“Walking On Air” and “Dark Horse”), it may seem like we’ve already heard a lot from Katy Perry’s upcoming “PRISM” album before its scheduled release (and actually, the whole thing leaked online this morning…oops!), but today marks the premiere of the project’s official second single, “Unconditionally.” And it’s absolutely glorious.
Produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Cirkut and written by Perry, “Unconditionally” is the power ballad to end all power ballads: thundering drums and simmering synths, a sweeping chorus with a hook that is somehow built around a 6 syllable word, and Katy’s incredible, soaring vocals. “Unconditionally’s” strength lies in its total simplicity. The writing is uncomplicated, the sentiment is clear, and you can feel that Perry means every word. It’s a little strange to think that the song may have been inspired by Katy’s on-again-off-again romance with known ladies man John Mayer, but who am I to judge? Of course, unconditional love is for more than just romantical friends and life partners – it’s also for dogs and cats and grandpas and grandmas and siblings and parents and platonic friends and pizza.
Like “Teenage Dream” and “Firework” before it, “Unconditionally” is a vivid, emotionally explosive pop song with a universal message that is sure to resonate with a wide array of listeners. In fact, I think it has the potential to become Katy’s biggest hit yet. “Unconditionally” hits iTunes in the U.S. on October 22nd. Check out the official “Unconditionally” lyric video below!
I’ll leave you with this image of me singing “Unconditionally,” joyously, and at the top of my lungs.