Saturday, August 10, 2013

Roar | Katy Perry

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Although it has been over a year since the release of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, it feels like she has never left the scene. Most of her songs are still regularly played on radio stations and she hasn't had an extended period of downtime.

Well, now she's back with the lead single from her upcoming album, Prism. "Roar" is slated for release on August 12, 2013, but was leaked online via Tumblr today. 

At most, the song is mediocre. It's a cheap crack at a self-empowerment anthem ("I am the champion / And you're going to hear me roar") that has more than one similarity to Sara Bareilles' "Brave." 

The instrumental to "Roar" sounds exactly like that of "Brave," and the lyrics of both songs are about overcoming personal hardships. "Roar" is almost a carbon copy of Bareilles' song, which premiered early this year and met average commercial success. It's sad because "Brave" was actually an alright song, but now comparisons will be flying faster than they were between Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Madonna's "Express Yourself." 

I was expecting more from Perry. I know it's ridiculous, but I did enjoy most of the singles from Teenage Dream, and I'm really disappointed with "Roar." It's cheap, it's tacky, and the fact that it sounds exactly like another song almost lost it another star in my review. Giving it two stars is probably really lenient, but I'm just in a giving kind of mood today. Be grateful for that, Perry.

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