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Ke$ha’s Warrior album features a lot of the same club-influenced beats, repetitive lyrics, and foul mouthed I-don’t-care-what-anybody-thinks attitude that has become her trademark.
But it also offers up a surprising slow-paced and romantic track as well as rock-influenced anthems which hooked me after one listen.
The current hit, “Die Young,” is definitely one of the best songs here.
Its catchy chorus begs you to sing along, and provides the perfect glimpse of savoring a fleeting moment: “I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums, oh what a shame that you came here with someone, so while you’re here in my arms, let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young.”
I was not a fan of the song “Warrior” because it featured so many repetitive words and beats. Likewise, the tone of voice “Thinking of You” was sung in seemed to take away from the lyrics, and became annoying instead.
However, “C’mon” and “Wonderland” were very pleasant surprises.
“C’mon” was an easily likeable tune that grabbed me with its first lines: “Saw you leaning against that record machine, saw the name of your band written on the marquee, it’s a full moon tonight so we gettin’ rowdy.”
It also had rhymes which referred to rebellious high schoolers sipping on warm wine coolers.
"C'mon" sounded Katy Perry-esque in its vocal execution and I could definitely see it becoming a radio hit.
“Wonderland” was unlike anything I have ever heard by Ke$ha. Sweet. Slow. It was a total departure from what is expected of her, and I think that’s what made it so great.
My favorite, though, was “Gold Trans Am,” a stomp-inducing, dirty-rock anthem full of infectious chants and double entendres.
It’s the Ke$ha we’ve come to know and love, but with an edgier, more inviting sound.