Katy Perry's new album has arrived just in time to soothe a lot of broken hearts before the weekend.

With much fanfare and Ziggy Stardust-inspired makeup (or is it Lady Gaga-inspired at this point?), Perry's Witness dropped from the sky in the night and thousands of fans immediately clicked "download" to hear the rest of the 15-track offering that the artist has described as the start of her new "era of purposeful pop."

As it turned out, no one needed to worry Witness would be all serious issues, all the time. And at the same time, Witness is far meatier than songs like "Bon Appétit" and "Swish Swish" suggested.

Meaning, if you prefer your Katy Perry singing about heartbreak with a side of feisty angst, you won't be disappointed.

The politically tinged "Chained to the Rhythm" was a most topical, catchy lead single, and Katy didn't bother to play coy about the meaning of "Swish Swish," but lovers' laments such as "Save as Draft," "Déjà Vu" and "Miss You More" are the ones that are really going to have the lyric detectives looking for hidden messages about love found and lost, breakups, makeups and declarations of "never again."

Even the empowering tunes like "Hey Hey Hey" and "Pendulum" don't feel that far removed from the breakup songs. Don't a lot of moments of enlightenment spring from the end of a toxic relationship?

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It may seem a little after-the-fact to be hearing songs inspired by John Mayer, but Katy's marriage to Russell Brand ended in 2011 and Prism—which crackled with pain, defiance and empowerment—obviously addressed those old ghosts despite coming out almost two years later. 

After all, it takes awhile to translate those feelings into lyrics and produce accordingly. Mayer just released a song about Perry too.

We don't claim to know for sure who caused the most pain or confusion or which hurt lingers the most, but since there's no such thing as art not reflecting life at least a little bit...the answers to all of her most personal songs about relationships are in the pages of Perry's romantic history. 

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Katy Perry, Russell Brand

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But first, Perry—single, fired up about world affairs and stronger than ever—has a tour to focus on.

Witness: The Tour kicks off Sept. 7 in Ohio (with a dollar from every ticket sold going to The Boys and Girls Club of America) and will take her all over the U.S., Canada and Europe through next June.

And with that, the story continues.

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