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The album opens with "Roar", written as a self-empowerment anthem about standing up for yourself. It is a synth-driven[1] power pop song,[2][3] which contains a "titanic, chest cheating" refrain,[4] a "boom-boom-clap" beat,[1] and has been noted to contain elements of folk rock, glam rock, and arena rock.[5] The song's glam rock-influenced sound has been compared to the works of Gary Glitter and Queen,[5] as well as Sara Bareilles' song "Brave", which according to Forest Wickman of Slate "blends the synthpop clichés of the moment with an anthemic rock sound".[5] The next, "Legendary Lovers" is an experimental worldbeat and folk song,[6][7] which features a bhangra beat,[8] a Timbaland-esque percussion breakdown,[4] and contains influences of country music.[4] Its exotic instrumentation is composed of tabla's, oriental strings,[9] a coral sitar, a double violin, and a sitar.[10] Lyrically, it is a spiritual song that discusses Eastern philosophy,[9] including things such as scriptures, karma, and mantras.[9] According to Jason Lipshutz of Billboard, it is a mystical love song whose lyrics describe "the eternal passion she and her man could experience".[11]

The third song on the album, "Birthday" is a disco,[12] funk-pop[13] and disco house song.[14]

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  2. ^ Garibaldi, Christina (August 9, 2013). "Katy Perry Mugs Like A 'Champion' In New 'Roar' Teaser: Watch!". MTV News. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Tendell, Andrew (August 12, 2013). "New Katy Perry single 'Roar' is 'perfect'". Gigwise. Giant Digital. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Tolzman, Samuel (October 18, 2013). "Review – Katy Perry: Prism". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Wickman, Forrest (August 12, 2013). "Katy Perry new single "Roar": Latest song is a Jock Jams pastiche". Slate. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Williot, Carl (October 5, 2013). "Preview Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’: Stream 90 Seconds Of Each Song". Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Walker, John (October 22, 2013). "Katy Perry's 'Prism': A Track-By-Track Review... In Cat GIFs!". MTV Buzzworthy. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Palmer, Natalie (October 21, 2013). "REVIEW: Katy Perry – 'Prism'". Entertainmentwise. Digital Giant. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Brown, Helen. "Katy Perry, Prism, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Prism (inlay cover) (Media notes). Capitol Records. 2013. p. 2.  Unknown parameter |artist= ignored (|others= suggested) (help)
  11. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (October 22, 2013). "Katy Perry's 'PRISM': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Roberts, Randall (October 22, 2013). "Review: Hits pack Katy Perry's 'Prism'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ Gunderson, Edna (September 13, 2013). "Katy Perry sheds light on 'Prism' at L.A. preview event". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ Jenkin, Lydia (October 24, 2013). "CD review: Katy Perry, Prism". New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. Retrieved November 25, 2013.