Ke$ha - Animal

So who is Ke$ha? For the uninitiated, she's the 22 year old behind 'Tik Tok', a worldwide number one hit, that meshes electro pop with rap. She's a white, shit-talking auto-tune toting rapper, a million miles away from the clean living images of the likes of Taylor Swift or the Jonas Brothers, telling the other side of the story of teenage life, the trailer trash Avril Lavigne, if you will.

Vocally, she's part valley girl, part auto-tuned robot, part Salt 'n' Peppa. But the musical sensibility is dance pop all the way. This is a collection of seriously catchy songs, thanks in no small part to Dr Luke's production - the man responsible for tracks from the likes of Katy Perry and Flo Rida.

In the grand tradition of white rappers, it's hard to tell how serious she's being with these ladette anthems for a new decade. Ke$ha's songs come on like the night out every parent hopes their daughter isn't having: booze soaked, aggressive and lairy. Apparently she's looking for a guy that looks like Mick Jagger (a pensioner who increasingly looks like his own Spitting Image puppet? Are you sure?) and she'd like you to show her "where your dick is at", while elsewhere we find her "bored and stoned" - that is, when she's not fighting or drinking. It's funny that this rebellious attitude finds itself caged within such a bubblegum pop sensibility, and it's that slightly subversive contradiction that makes the record interesting. You find yourself singing along, then catch yourself when you realise just what it is you're singing.

This is no masterpiece, but it's an intriguing calling card and antidote to the clean living pop stars so popular recently in the States - but where Ke$ha goes from here when she's come in all guns blazing is anyone's guess.



out of 10

We need your help

Running a website like The Digital Fix - especially one with over 20 years of content and an active community - costs lots of money and we need your help. As advertising income for independent sites continues to contract we are looking at other ways of supporting the site hosting and paying for content.

You can help us by using the links on The Digital Fix to buy your films, games and music and we ask that you try to avoid blocking our ads if you can. You can also help directly for just a few pennies per day via our Patreon - and you can even pay to have ads removed from the site entirely.

Click here to find out more about our Patreon and how you can help us.

Did you enjoy the article above? If so please help us by sharing it to your social networks with the buttons below...

Category Review

Latest Articles