This is a new album and a new single, and there are bound to be new expectations.
Roar's lyric video.
22 October ladies and gentlemen, mark that date down. Prism will be in stores and look at the competition we're going to have. If cinema antics were like this, well, some company might get rich. So I wasn't exactly sure of what to make of this new track since it's Katy Perry. I had to say I loved all of Teenage Dream's singles, and they didn't disappoint. Roar on a gentle note, had a slight touch of error at some parts.
First of all, you might want to bet on Roar breaking the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 right now because if anything is to go by of her previous singles (especially Teenage Dream), you might get a large pot of gold (just sayin'.) So Roar has been the first time since I've heard Katy in pretty much since Wide Awake? And that's quite some time ago, so it's going to take some time getting adjusted back into this hot seat. So, on second listen, I noticed the large amounts of metaphors on the second verse. That really caves in on the content of the song and didn't really feel as much valued as the chorus, which was the best part of the song really. Throughout the song, you'll feel that Katy Perry essence that just boils, but never imploding and exploding. That's like a problem that you don't wanna' talk because it's really hard to assume if Katy is just going straight for the jugular, or if she just wants to tone it down a little. Roar does have some pretty heroic lyrics for you installed, so you might be able to sing this in a belle or in a classroom. The track has that beat which Katy uses for half the song on Teenage Dream, and she does it again. Hey, it got her 5 number one Billboard singles, so, why not?
Still, Roar doesn't feel like a Katy Perry song. The vibe only gets it half-right, and it doesn't even go full volume on it. I can't think of other reasons, but if she'd gone all out, then the track would be from extremely plausible to conquering greater heights.
I've got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
ORIGINALITY: 7/10 - Not entirely awesome, just decent and ear-grabbing enough for most people.
SOUND: 8/10 - The only best part comes from the chorus, and probably the outro, but the rest is just 'heard before'.
LYRICS: 7/10 - Well you know it goes; the lyrics just half-great. Don't look at the lyric video, I got confused as well, but got it if you just used Google.
OVERALL: 22/30 - Roar is your standard average radio smash hit. Expect it to go big due to large fans, and maybe hit a peak at say top 5. I don't know. The track stands out but it doesn't blur the lines between her past hits and the current trend. I'm playing it for days and I'll give the song lyrical credit.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.