Oh, the irony: the album that was intended to lift Katy Perry to stardom only gained release after she turned into a star on her own accord. In fact, it was released so long after it was recorded that the Matrix, the writing/production team who ruled the early 2000s, seemed helplessly out of date when it finally surfaced in early 2009 -- an impression not erased by the cover photo to their long-delayed, presumed scrapped, debut album. This was the record that was going to show that the trio was so good, they could have hits on their own, that they could pick any old trollop from a stack of demo tapes and turn her (and an anonymous guy singer, too, for good measure) into a star. Didn't quite work out that way. More than anything, The Matrix proves that the Matrix need a real star, somebody to provide focus and direction, whether it's the young brat of Avril Lavigne or saucy old cougar Liz Phair. Without it, they're shockingly bland and stiff Euro-pop.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine