BY KATY PERRY

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Talking Points -

Grow­ing up af­ter the cot­ton-candy joy of her Teenage Dream, Perry dis­plays a supris­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity and stark ma­tu­rity in her new al­bum, no doubt a re­flec­tion of changes in both her per­sonal life and growth as an artist. “I went through a lot of ex­pe­ri­ences in my life that I think built more char­ac­ter,” she said. “I had to find my own iden­tity the hard way. But I did. I came out alive and stronger, a lit­tle bit stronger.” Such strength is ev­i­dent in the pow­er­ful vibe of “By the Grace of God”, nicely jux­ta­posed with the light­ness of “Birth­day”. Her per­sonal favourite is “Un­con­di­tion­ally”, in which she sings of pure love.

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