Pop stars are rarely subtle; the qualities of being loud, bold and dramatic are key ingredients in the recipe for chart success. Yet even in a career marked by a lack of subtlety, Katy Perry is remarkably transparent. This is, after all, a woman who wrote a song titled "Peacock" in which she sang the refrain "I wanna see your peacock, cock, cock" a total of eight times. Her latest single, "Bon Appétit" ft. Migos, skews heavily in her tradition of extremely candid earworms, but it may actually be her most absurd outing yet.
The frenetic, bouncy synthesizers are upon us as soon as we press play, and Migos have time to treat us to a syrupy roll call before we're thrown headlong into the most bizarre food-sex joke in recent memory. "Got me spread like a buffet," Perry chirps, before adding that she's a "melt in your mouth kind of lovin', bon appétit baby." And that's just in the chorus. The verses give way to Perry comparing her lovemaking to a Michelin five-star rated eatery, while Migos extol the virtues of her "sweet potato pie" and the subsequent suggestion to "make her do a donut while she ride."
While this sort of poetic language is normally reserved for the scrawlings of a high school bathroom stall, the track's musical qualities are both robust and insidious enough that we're able to ingest the ridiculousness with relish. This is---literally---what million-dollar production sounds like. The sheen that sparkles off every individual second evokes both the dancefloor and the beach, the middle-point of which is exactly what Miss Katy 'California Gurl' Perry has been trying to create her entire career.
In short, buckle up and prepare to hear this song just about everywhere for the next six months. We would say it's destined to be a guilty pleasure, but how could you listen to this and possibly feel anything like guilt? Well, unless its a sexually-anticlimactic, food-fetish related guilt.
For more of our track reviews, check out our thoughts on the latest from Frank Ocean, "Lens," right here.