Katy Perry – Roar (Single Review)
August 12, 2013 5:41 am Published by .

Katy Perry Roar

Katy Perry has a new single called “Roar.”

It sounds like Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.” It sounds like the Teenage Dream album, just with less sugar and more cheese. It’s catchy, but not really in a good way. But also not really in a bad way, either.

Sorry. I tried to care, but it’s just one of those songs that doesn’t evoke much of anything. I won’t change the station when it comes on the radio, though.

Maybe I’ll stan for it one day, but for now this is the best I can do.

Score: A very nonchalant, middle-of-the-road 5/10

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  • Lin Misfits

    You explained it well, even though it was short explanation.

    The music is fine but hollow. It’s replaceable and an uninspiring song. They used a simple hook, with a simple chorus, combined with simple instrumentals and simpl musical formula and depth.

  • lildarien

    Not even a youtube link? Oh dear.

  • gordonabishop

    Under normal circumstances I would agree with you, but I just had the worst Twitter fight ever and NEED this empowerment anthem now lmao

  • ICONI3

    It’s boring,generic,TD leftover. Is this what she consider “mature” and “edgier”? THE END

  • MIKEE

    I knew this whole “death of Teenage Dream” ish was to good to be true. Not worth a YouTube link. Not worth proper shade. Not worth $1.29. Done.

  • UncleFan

    I’ve got a feeling there will be better songs on her album, but… yeah.

    • MIKEE

      I’m hoping she’s just easing everyone into her new sound. I mean there has to be better songs, right?

      • UncleFan

        Well, there are a couple songs on TD that I never listen to, so I’m hoping Roar is like one of those, heh heh.

        • MIKEE

          Lol maybe this is the “Pearl” of the Prism album. Though I have to say I was expecting something a bit more “Circle The Drain” if you know what I mean.

  • Jeff

    Yes, you’ve articulated perfectly what I feel about this song.

    Also of all the songs to copy why ‘Brave’ which is already quite mediocre.

  • Demi Lovato

    Did you really reviewed this or you just read the comments (probably 2 or 3 comments) and summed em up?

    You sound very excited posting this ^^

    • http://www.arcadey.net/ Jacques

      I actually only read the first couple of comments on the last post on Saturday night right after I posted the audio link, then didn’t look at anything after that. There’s this Australian artist I like that released a new album late last week so I’ve been more interested in that and will make a post on it tonight.

      • Demi Lovato

        oh can’t wait! <3

  • Bubblegum Bitch.

    I’m with you on this, it’s not bad…. But it ain’t no Firework… Dat gif tho LMAO.

  • http://www.twitter.com/themusicprophet LongLivePop

    Lmao at the gif. I hate to say I agree with this review! I really wanted something edgier, lets say darker, than this. Don’t get me wrong, I love the song. It’s Catchy, bubbly radio fodder in the best way… But artistically? I agree the comparisons to Sara’s ‘Brave’ are too easy… And there’s no question, ‘Brave’ has a much better flow :/

    But hey, this is one taste of the album. Maybe it’s the bubbliest part? Idk, Katy’s spirit is what I’m here for, so ill take it!

    • Josh Chinnery

      What gets me about this is that Katy said Prism was going to be darker and edgier. So why this cavity inducing mess of a pop song?

  • #tag

    Its just very average. Of course sonically it would souns like much of teenage dream (it was written by the same team- Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Bonnie McKee). Tbh ot spunds unifinished and a lot like a soundtrack song rather than the lead single for the follow up to one of the greatest pop albums of the last 5 years. It leaves you wanting more but not necessarily in a good way. Its mot what I expected … it is rather hollow.

  • http://ohdenny.com ohdenny

    So very blah.

  • Nicole Naeun

    I normally hate this type of empowering shits and when I first listened to Brave, I quickly name it one of this year’s worst releases (I love me some Sara though, Love Song was and still is everything).

    But Roar somehow works for me. Brave is very cheesy and cringe-worthy, while Roar’s lyrics are acceptable and actually good imo. I love it that it has this anthemic sound, catchy and fun to sing along. So for me, it’s a good comeback single.

  • http://davidsask.wordpress.com/ DavidSask

    Accurate review let the stan wars start with Gaga Perry war now!

  • Sunny

    its my sentiments exactly! I’m so indifferent towards the song.

  • Bnvr

    I don’t know why she burnt her blue wig when she she didn’t change her sound really at all.

  • vjx89

    i have exactly the same feeling about this song.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    this song is just whackkkk
    what the hell was she thinking?! since the re-release of Teenage Dream the quality of her music took a massive step back compared to the masterpiece of the original album…
    but this new song is kinda terrible… something Disney would use for the credits of some of its movies

  • Andrew Rod

    Emma Stone gifs are EVERYTHING

  • KingBeaArthur

    5/10 is a perfect score tbh. The song is just ok. It does sound like “Brave the redux” but the plinky piano on the verses is cute-ish and the “Firework” level of cheese on the chorus is catchy enough to sing-a-long to in the car when alone. [BTW I still love "Firework", cheese & all]

    I wouldn’t rush to iTunes to buy this, but I’m still interested in the album, so…good job Katy, I guess?

  • James Smith III

    hopefully just like “suit and tie” you will like it more in a few months, proph

    • http://www.arcadey.net/ Jacques

      It only took me like two spins to LOVE suit and tie

      • Bluebeat

        It’s ok to not like a song during the first listen. That’s when you’re being very critical more about the song’s lyrical content and message rather than being under the spell of commercialization by the record label.

      • James Smith III

        darn…well okay