Ever since the conception of time itself, the human race has consistently metamorphosed its intellect to not only better accommodate itself, but for the sole sake of life’s unavoidable inconsistency and uncertainty. Since day one (and until the last day, for that matter) change has been, and will forever continue to be, one of the finite constants in this life.
Take, for instance, mainstream music. A category of an art form that has essentially been around since the beginning of time, popular music has gone through countless statures and distinctions. The first notable emergence of music preferred by the masses was opera, which made its way into the United States during the 19th century. During that period, sheet music became readily available to the average citizen, making it seemingly docile at the time for an artist to get their material out to the world.
As most are aware of nowadays, radio is an artist’s ideal form of publicity – and is dominated by virtually anything and everything except opera. Unfortunately for radio’s sake, its airwaves are predominately defiled by abysmal excuses for music created by so-called “artists.” Nonetheless, despite the less-than-desirable atmosphere, it’s alive and thriving, therefore giving potential musicians an objection of sorts to strive toward.
In 2008, an artist by the name Katy Perry (born Kathryn Hudson) erupted onto broadcasting stations across the world and began her reign atop the charts with her widely disputed smash single “I Kissed A Girl.” The track paved the way for her current slew of reputably selling singles, sold out international tours, and solidified her place in the record books.
Fast forward to the present day, and Perry is gearing up for the release of her third full length album Prism, which is due out this fall. In light of the forthcoming record, the first single “Roar” has officially been unleashed to the listeners of the world.
While undoubtedly depicting the singer-songwriter in a far more mature nature than in previous efforts, “Roar” is regrettably nothing more than utmost potential trawled down by the cookie cutter standards of an erroneous industry. The track kicks off with two measures of what seems to be yet another bouncy, infectious tune. However, as soon as Perry’s vocals make their mark, the track takes an unbecoming turn for squandered prospects. Throughout the song, she consistently bellows child-like lyrics (“Now I’m floating like a butterfly / Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes” and “You held me down / But I got up / Get ready cause I’ve had enough”) to the same aforementioned bouncy, infectious loop that soon becomes relatively tiresome by the song’s conclusion.
As reviewed above, change is a continual aspect of this life. Some artists change for the sake of avoiding monotony, others change in an attempt to predict the next craze in the industry. Whether Katy Perry departed from her previous musical tendencies for the former or latter is yet to be realized. What is apparent, however, is if “Roar” is a sign of things to come, then let’s just say Disney is going to be chomping at the bit to get their hands on their share of Katy’s future.