Preceded by her second number one single on Billboard magazine's Hot 100, "California Gurls," Katy Perry's Teenage Dream is filled with dance-pop that made One of the Boys her breakthrough album, but this time there's a decidedly summer spin. Hitmakers like Greg Smith, Dr. Luke, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, and even Weezer's Rivers Cuomo lend a hand for what Perry predicts "will be one of those records that is everybody's favorite guilty pleasure."
Rolling Stone - "TEENAGE DREAM is the kind of pool-party-pop gem that Gwen Stefani used to crank out on the regular, full of SoCal ambience and disco beats."
Spin - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Perry delivers the gurl-gone-wild stuff with requisite sass..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.124) - "She seems to connect best in '80s leotard-lady mode, as showcased on the deliciously glitchy throwback 'E.T.'..." -- Grade: B-
Entertainment Weekly (p.80) - "Perry is clearly serious about the business of hit songcraft." -- Grade: B-
Billboard (p.28) - "[T]his new depth shouldn't surprise....Perry is primarily a smart and personal pop songwriter."