There’s making a pop song that’s successful because it is catchy, and there’s making a pop song that’s successful because it is a work of art. Katy Perry has released her first single in over a year and it is not the least bit disappointing. Roar is filled with inventive lyrics that go well with the rhythm. The lyrics seem to bring up a time in her life when she was suppressed and how she has become a free individual and grown up to do music the way she wants (perhaps a Columbia Records reference?):
“I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath / Scared to rock the boat and make a mess / So I sat quietly, agreed politely / I guess that I forgot I had a choice / I let you push me past the breaking point / I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything…Now I’m floating like a butterfly / Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes / I went from zero, to my own hero.”
The new album is said to be more mature and the lyrics of Roar are a promising first impression to support this idea. The chorus is extremely catchy and sounds like it would go well with any video clip. Roar is an excellent choice to be lead single. The way Katy Perry belts out the long “Roa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oar” in the middle of each chorus takes the cake in the song and makes it worth the listen in those seconds alone.
After listening to it several times in between old favourites like Waking Up in Vegas and Circle the Drain, I decided that Roar does live up to the best songs in her discography. Listening to Roar is like a burst of energy and it doesn’t get old upon being replayed many times. It’s fresh and different from her other songs. This sounds like it is a great beginning of the PRISM era.