I am a big Katy Perry fan. To me she's like a sister. I mean, she doesn't know she's like my sister, I've never met her, but in my heart she's family. Which means that, as her biggest fan, I'm also her biggest critic. I believe Teenage Dream is one of the top 5 pop albums of my lifetime, so I was quite disappointed when her self-proclaimed "darker" third album Prism didn't quite measure up, especially when its strongest song, "Unconditionally," didn't even make number one.
One of the most worrisome things for me about Katy going "dark" was the fear that her videos wouldn't match the pure camp pop sensibility of both her previous albums, and while "Roar" was campy enough, it didn't really have that Katy Perry fantasy about it. Enter "Dark Horse." Definitely the proverbial dark horse for a number one chart hit, an unexpected single in itself, "Dark Horse" has delivered on all the Katy Perry promise and then some. It's basically "California Gurls" meets "E.T." meets the Nile.
So here's why "Dark Horse" is the best pop video this year. And if by the end of this you're still not convinced, then may you be smote by the scorned hand of Katy-patra (you'll see).
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