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Pop’s Latest Artist Ke$Ha is Nothing New

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The album’s overall style plays heavily on the concept of irreverence, and with track titles like “Party At A Rich Dude’s House” and “Hungover,” you can predict what the outcome will be.

The  lyrical content is immature and spoiled– it is comparable to that of a preteen girl writing in her journal.

On some songs the lyrics work to “Animal’s” benefit, by providing humor such as “I never thought that you would be the one, acting like a slut while I was gone,”  from “Kiss N’ Tell.”

Most lyrics will make you cringe in disbelief that an adult wrote them. In “Dinosaur she sings “D-I-N-O-SA-UR a dinosaur, an OL-DM-AN you’re just an old man, hitting on me, what?  You need a CAT scan.”

Ke$ha even attempts to show a more serious side on some songs -“Stephen” and the title track “Animal”–but they are easily overlooked, and do not fit the album’s jejune style.

“Animal” also leaves the impression that if there ever were to be a follow up, Ke$ha would not develop her sound or style.

Ke$ha claims to have written every track on the album, but this twenty-two year old should end up regretting this claim, as any song on the album could have been equally provided by a 13-year-old.

What saves this album from being completely abysmal are the beats provided by Max Martin and Dr. Luke, two of the biggest producers in today’s pop music genre.

The infectious beats provided throughout the album are more than enough to get you on your feet–“Take It Off” and  “Your Love Is My Drug”–if you can overlook the humility of listening to the album.

The production crew may have laid down great beats for “Animal”, but the album itself could easily be replicated by any other pop musician (or novice musician) if given a few hours worth of studio time.

While the lead single “Tik Tok” has dominated Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the past seven weeks, the album does not provide sufficient material and Ke$ha will probably go down in music history as a “one-hit wonder.”

Ke$ha’s debut album lives up to the expectation of it’s smash lead single in the fact that listeners will gain no insight from it, but can have fun with it’s vivacious beats.

With that said, the album is still played out and “Animal” comes off as a pretentious snarl, as opposed to a ferocious roar.

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