Album review: Ke$ha - Animal (Sony)
Clever rhythms and rhymes from a debut that takes no prisoners
5 / 10
Flanked by the two pillars of Swedish pop production – Max Martin and Dr Luke – rises Ke$ha
. Focusing on booze and boys, and dressing like a ‘Dirrty
(by way of Axl Rose
), a groomed popette she is not. Yet, beneath the patina of skeezy Freshers’-Week-LOLZ lyrics (“got a water-bottle of whiskey in my handbag”) lies a talent. Claiming the writing credit on each track, including smash ‘Tik Tok
’, clever rhythms and rhymes are testament to a musicality that the disposable nature of her subject matter hides. ‘Dinosaur
’ contains the pay-off “Honey, your toupee is falling to the left side/Get up and go bro/Oh wait, you’re fossilized”. The token ‘meaningful’ track – ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
’ is best avoided, though.
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