Although her streak of 69 straight weeks in the top 10 on Billboard may have ended, Katy Perry's still trying to extend her streak of #1 singles from Teenage Dream to 6. The single attempting to do such is "The One That Got Away", the first ballad that Katy Perry's attempted to release since "Thinking of You" - although this song has a much more noticeable pop tangent, as Katy's figured out that the general public only likes her when singing pop songs. Still, though, is this song strong enough to get Katy Perry back to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100? Read on to find out!
Despite Jessie J's obvious attempt to do so with "Domino", there is no artist that defines pop today more than Katy Perry. This is definitely a slow-tempo pop song. However, it's also the song that has the most feeling on Teenage Dream, and the song that Katy Perry sings the best in real life. Sadly enough, however, this doesn't always spell success.
Personally, my main problem with this song lies in the chorus. The vocals are solid, but the chorus bothers me. Is it supposed to be emotional or upbeat? It's both, making for an awkward combination for the listener. It's a nice song, but it could have fared much better with a slightly slower chorus.
Again, Katy's vocals on the song are great. The beat, in all honesty, doesn't even need to exist for this song to be satisfactory. However, because of the weakness of the chorus, there's no peak moment - no moment where the listener goes "Yes!" or "No!". It's a good song - I just wanted more.