And so along comes lead Prism single “Roar,” which is technically due for release on Monday (August 12), but has now sprung a leak. We broke the news on the song’s title two weeks ago, and it’s one that likely led many to believe the Max Martin/Dr. Luke co-production would be somewhat of a high-octane dance jam. Alas, it couldn’t be further from that.DirectLyrics.com.)
Katy Perry — “Roar”
This is all carried along by a boom-boom-clap beat that aims to mimic Queen‘s own anthem-like “we will, we will rock you” swagger. And then there’s that ear-magnet, synth-driven instrumentation, which helps “Roar” to soar, particularly on the chorus and in the final minute of the song.
Overall, the charm of “Roar” lies more in the radio-ready track’s ability to bring a smile to the face of anyone within earshot and less on the fact that Perry has made any kind of artistic evolution at this stage in her career. That said, the latter is a tricky one to pull off and still maintain commercial viability, so, in the end, Katy is no doubt right in the position she wants to be in.
UPDATE: Following the leak, Perry released “Roar” to radio stations and iTunes at midnight August 11. Hear the official version up top.