Ah, the divorce song. From The Who’s “A Legal Matter”, to Tammy Wynette‘s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” to the entire Rumours album, no genre is spared from separation. And now that she has officially headed to splitsville with the comedian, Russell Brand, we can add Katy Perry‘s “Wide Awake” to the ‘parting of ways’ playlist:

I wish I knew then
What I know now
Wouldn’t dive in
Wouldn’t bow down
Gravity hurts
You made it so sweet
Til I woke up on
On the concrete

“Wide Awake” is a mature step away from Perry’s party arsenal. The bittersweet break-up song incorporates expansive EDM production into what is a wholly contemporary power-ballad quite unlike anything the “California Gurl” has done before, while lacing one of the year’s most anthemic pop choruses:

Falling from cloud nine
Crashing from the high
I’m letting go tonight
(Yeah I’m) Falling from cloud nine

Perry deals with her descent from marital bliss in an uplifting, even elegant manner, singing with conviction, yet without contempt. And not even Brand could deny that “Wide Awake” was “a nice song:”