Ke$ha, a 22-year-old party girl, is one of the break-out artists from the last few months. She moved to LA at the age of 17 and has slowly been making her mark singing background vocals for the likes of Paris Hilton to Britney Spears, even appearing in Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl Video.”
She appeared on Flo Rida’s number-one single, “Right Round” under the name Kesha. She later added to the $ sign to her name after this collaboration achieved success worldwide; and yet she did not receive a dollar to show for it).
She finally had gained exposure to mainstream America and RCA Records gave her a record deal. Her very popular hit “Tik Tok” was released in August 2009 and has become a #1 single in five countries, the first #1 Billboard single of this decade, and set the female weekly download record.
Her album, entitled Animal, was released on January 5, 2010, in the US and debuted as number one. Animal, was seven years in the making, and Ke$ha had accumulated over two hundred songs, with fourteen making the final cut. She has an electro-pop sound and some of her lyrics are not for the faint of heart.
The music provides a riveting, fun vibe and shows the lyrical ideal that a woman for a change is behaving like a sexist, hedonistic male. I personally enjoy how she turns the tables on society’s norms.
The album is full of enjoyable tracks that make you want to dance like “Take It Off” and “Kiss ‘N Tell,” which are two of my favorites. Songs like “Stephen” and “Hungover” display her softer side and showcase that Ke$ha has a really good voice to match that brash attitude. While “Tik Tok” is the stand-out track on this album.
It is also filled with several other catchy radio-ready songs. The best of them, “Blah Blah Blah” featuring electro-pop rappers 3Oh!3, is quality a dance hall ready track that flip flops gender roles with sexually tinged lyrics.
“Your Love is My Drug” is a summery pop track; and “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes” is a rare slowed down and deep track. While some of the songs are a bit silly (“Backstabber,” “Party At a Rich Dudes House,” and ” Dinosaur”), they are still energetic and amusing.
Overall the beginning of the plays is a little better and loses some of its momentum towards the end, but Animal is a stellar album that is a fun listen that will make you want to get drunk, forget your worries, and dance your ass off. It definitely is worth a spot on your Ke$ha playlist.
Get it now on Amazon.