Katy Perry's Prism Takes Her Out of Comfort Zone

It wasn’t a good sign for me when “Roar,” the No. 1 single that heralded Katy Perry’s third studio album, felt kind of tame compared to Sara Bareilles’s “Brave,” a similar self-empowerment anthem that came out a few months before.

But the good news is that “Roar” (which, admittedly, has since grown on me) isn’t even one of the best songs on the vibrant, multicolored Prism – and there are certainly plenty more hits where that came from.