First Hit #1: September 14, 2013
Katy Perry’s general “everything is awesome” template did gain a wrinkle post-divorce, and Roar is pretty much “everything is awesome, except for some jerk who may or may not be my ex-husband”. So here we have a song about how great Katy Perry is, which is probably meant to be a general inspiring song for people coming out of a breakup. Yes, the unnamed Brand of jerk is a terrible person, but they won’t hold you down, because you know how to make Rocky references and have self confidence. It’s not unexpected from Perry, of course, and I’m actually kind of glad she’s never really shook her Christian rock instinct towards at least trying for uplift. In an era where pop music is generally influenced by a crew of different writers and producers, it’s to Perry’s credit that she’s forged her own musical identity while still being attached to the Dr. Luke/Max Martin hit machine. You can tell a Perry song, even if it’s very similar to other songs, which is an accomplishment of sorts.