Warrior

Warrior

by Ke$ha
     
 

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There were two paths Ke$ha could've followed on her second album, Warrior. She could've tried a respectable street, sticking a pen in her heart so her feelings would pour onto the page, or she could have not changed a note, replicating the glitter-bomb of Animal. Cannily, she decided to split the difference between these two routesSee more details below

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There were two paths Ke$ha could've followed on her second album, Warrior. She could've tried a respectable street, sticking a pen in her heart so her feelings would pour onto the page, or she could have not changed a note, replicating the glitter-bomb of Animal. Cannily, she decided to split the difference between these two routes, remaining defiant in her tastelessness but flashing just enough depth to show she's not a passing fad. Of course, Ke$ha is savvy, knowing which trends to exploit and which to abandon, never compromising her position of the queen of the white-trash outcasts. Her gleeful embrace of low-rent taste separates her from her peers, every one of them containing some sort of aspiration of high-thread-count sophistication, something the ever-calculating pop star could possibly care less about. Throughout Warrior, Ke$ha raises a glass to the classless masses, the girls who only live for good times, never thinking about the consequences of their actions. She's smart enough to know there's a morning after, but unlike Lady Gaga, who happily embraced her status of queen of the Little Monsters, Ke$ha wants to get into the thick of it, writing rallying cries, not anthems. She may be writing songs for her burgeoning cult, but there is no separation from her audience, she is part of them, leading them into battle wearing ripped tights, heavy mascara, and piles of hair. Taste never enters into Ke$ha's equation: she's gleefully vulgar, embracing the magic in a dude's pants, copping a rapper's growl, tossing out profanity, encouraging the shock and awe of any listener with a lick of sense. Ke$ha may play dumb but she isn't stupid: she knows a good hook, whether it's in the rhythm, chorus, lyric, or melody, she knows how far to take it to the edge, knows how to be tacky without being gross. At her best, she is deliriously trashy: she ropes Iggy Pop in for a duet on the filthy "Dirty Love," "C'Mon" surges on the intoxication of a one-night stand, "Only Wanna Dance with You" is a riotous piss-take on the Strokes that pushes them toward the bubblegum where they belong, and on the deluxe edition, she writes the greatest Joan Jett song ever in "Gold Trans Am." Her stabs at sincerity, so casual they could almost be dismissed, benefit by her light touch, particularly the neo-country crawl "Wonderland." Moments like this reveal the precision in her pop machine, but Warrior works because Ke$ha never seems to be trying too hard yet she isn't coasting: she's created a statement of purpose where the highs aren't as high as those on Animal -- nothing digs in like "Tik Tok" or "Take It Off" -- but there are no lows. It's a wall-to-wall party for the freaks, burnouts, outcasts, and misfits and if you don't get it that's your fault, not hers. [A clean version of the album was also released.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2012
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0887254827221
catalogNumber:
548272
Rank:
112354

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ke$ha   Primary Artist
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Michael Rojas   Organ,Keyboards
Max Martin   Keyboards
Benny Blanco   Musician
Pebe Sebert   Vocals
Emily Wright   Vocals
Matt Squire   Musician
Luke   Vocals,Musician
Julian Casablancas   Musician
J.P. Bowersock   Guitar
Patrick Carney   Drums
Tomas Ljung   Hand Clapping
Bonnie McKee   Vocals
Ava James   Vocals
Shellback   Guitar,Keyboards
Koool Kojak   Vocals,Musician
Henry Walter   Vocals
Rani Hancock   Vocals
Clint Gibbs   Vocals
Lukasz Gottwald   Vocals
Katie Mitzell   Vocals
Cirkut   Vocals,Musician
Lagan Sebert   Vocals
Gabrizio Moretti   Drums
Monica Cornia   Vocals
Chasin Raefin   Vocals
Alexander Castillo Vasquez   Vocals

Technical Credits

Nik Kershaw   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer
Benny Blanco   Programming,Producer
Pebe Sebert   Composer
Allen Ditto   Engineer
Alana Da Fonseca   Engineer
Emily Wright   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Matt Squire   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Michael Ilbert   Engineer
Klas Åhlund   Composer
Luke   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Julian Casablancas   Programming
Lukas Hilbert   Composer
Steven Wolf   Arranger,Additional Production
Chris Dalston   Booking
John McBride   Engineer
Nate Ruess   Composer
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
Bonnie McKee   Composer
Hart Gunther   Engineer
Alexander Kronlund   Composer
Matt Beckley   Engineer
Jesse Shatkin   Engineer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Shellback   Composer,Programming,Producer
Koool Kojak   Programming,Producer
Sam Holland   Engineer
Dave Kutch   Mastering
Kesha Sebert   Composer
Henry Walter   Composer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Matt Romano   Drum Technician
Mike Caffrey   Engineer
Ke$ha   Composer
Artie Smith   Guitar Techician,Drum Technician
Rick Roskin   Booking
Allan Grigg   Composer
Clint Gibbs   Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Dan Omelio   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer
Cirkut   Programming,Producer
William Adams   Composer
Darren Craig   Art Direction

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