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The Clock Won’t Stop on Ke$ha’s New Album

Katherine Greenspon | Thursday, January 14, 2010


The New Year means new artists, so say goodbye to LMAFO and 3OH!3, and hello to the new singing sensation, Ke$ha. Ke$ha made her stomping debut on Flo Rida’s track “Right Round” and after the song gained immediate popularity, critics and fans started taking notice. Flo Rida’s rap and crushing beats were not what made this song stick but the mysterious female voice that haunted the chorus. Ke$ha came out of the woodwork after the single earned top spots on music charts around the nation. She quickly started working on her own album and after an anxious wait released her first debut album on Jan. 5 titled “Animal.” Ke$ha set a new record on the Internet after her single “Tik Tok” was downloaded more than 600,000 plus times last week online. This single broke the “Right Round’s” chart records. She continued to shock the public when she earned the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She trumps Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Amy Winehouse with her no restraints attitude and obscene lyrics that people have shockingly embraced.
The album starts off with “Your Love is my Drug,” a song that proclaims her love for boys and what they have to offer. Her head-banging beats travel throughout the album, very similar to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and “Monster” tracks but with a little more naughty to them. Ke$ha seems to push the envelope a little on this album with other tracks titled “Take it Off” and “Blah Blah Blah,” which are two of the known favorites on the album. “Take it Off” starts off with lyrics, “There’s a place downtown where the freaks all come around,” which should give people a pretty clear prediction of what follows in the 14-track album. Ke$ha helped to write all the songs on the album, including the song that the album is named for, “Animal.”
We were all pretty sure the trash electro sound was dying out, including the king of New York, rapper Jay-Z with his hit song “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” which earned him 2009’s biggest hip-hop songs of the year. Ke$ha, however, is proving everyone wrong. Ignoring the critics and musical trends obviously pays off for the 22-year old who is climbing the ladder as one of the most popular downloaded and listened to artists on iTunes. She is currently touring around the world, spreading her “Tik Tok” and head-bashing mentality. Most of her songs, including “Ki$$ and Tell” and “Hungover,” are perfect tracks for the club, and the electrical sound she incorporates into each track helps to keep her songs upbeat and thrilling.
One song that really stands out is the charismatic teenage contribution, “Stephen.” With its confused and silly beat, it comes across as awkward and uncomfortable but has a catchy beat that makes it one of the leading tracks on the album. Although all the songs have appealing aspects to them, two tracks were clearly flops that would look better on an Avril Lavigne or Miley Cyrus album. “Boots and Boys” and “Party at a Rich Dude’s House” are both songs that could have been left off the album.
Ke$ha is a new and exciting force on pop-electric sound and with her daring fashion sense and obscene lyrics, she is sure to keep the public’s attention as she travels and delivers energized powerful shows. Her well-known song “Tik Tok” sums up Ke$ha’s mindset as she throws herself into a music business where everything is a party. The clock will never stop as she works to give the public new and groundbreaking songs that will keep people dancing at the club and plugged into their headphones.