Warrior [Deluxe Edition] [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 Deluxe Edition featuring four bonus tracks was also released in a clean version.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 887654143020
  • Catalog Number: 541430
  • Sales rank: 148,688

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Warrior (4:00)
  2. 2 Die Young (3:31)
  3. 3 C'mon (3:34)
  4. 4 Thinking Of You (3:04)
  5. 5 Crazy Kids (3:50)
  6. 6 Wherever You Are (3:58)
  7. 7 Dirty Love (2:44)
  8. 8 Wonderland (3:42)
  9. 9 Only Wanna Dance With You (3:31)
  10. 10 Supernatural (4:10)
  11. 11 All That Matters (The Beautiful Life) (3:37)
  12. 12 Love Into The Light (4:46)
  13. 13 Last Goodbye (3:50)
  14. 14 Gold Trans Am (3:20)
  15. 15 Out Alive (3:31)
  16. 16 Past Lives (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ke$ha Primary Artist
David Angell Strings
David Davidson Strings
Greg Kurstin Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Kristin Wilkinson Strings
Ben Folds Conductor
Michael Rojas Organ, Keyboards
Wayne Coyne Background Vocals
Max Martin Keyboards
Pebe Sebert Vocals
Dr. Luke Vocals
Fabrizio Moretti Drums
J.P. Bowersock Guitar
Patrick Carney Drums
Tomas Ljung Hand Clapping
Bonnie McKee Vocals
Sari Reist Strings
Ava James Vocals
Shellback Guitar, Keyboards
Koool Kojak Vocals
Henry Walter Vocals
Benjamin Levin Vocals
Rani Hancock Vocals
Ilya Toshinskiy Banjo, Bouzouki, Mandolin
Clint Gibbs Vocals
Lukasz Gottwald Vocals
Dan Omelio Vocals
Ammar Malik Vocals
Katie Mitzell Vocals
Cirkut Vocals
Becky G Vocals
Lagan Sebert Vocals
Monica Cornia Vocals
Chasin Raefin Vocals
Alexander Castillo Vasquez Vocals
Technical Credits
The Flaming Lips Producer
Nik Kershaw Composer
Iggy Pop Composer
Greg Kurstin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Ben Folds Composer, String Arrangements
Joe Costa Engineer
Max Martin Composer, Producer
Benny Blanco Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Pebe Sebert Composer
Allen Ditto Engineer
Alana Da Fonseca Engineer
Emily Wright Engineer, Vocal Producer
Matt Squire Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Michael Ilbert Engineer
Klas Åhlund Composer
Dr. Luke Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Julian Casablancas Programming, Instrumentation
John Hanes Engineer
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
Billboard Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Savan Kotecha Composer
Shellback Composer, Programming, Producer
Koool Kojak Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Sam Holland Engineer
Joshua Coleman Composer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Kesha Sebert Composer
Henry Walter Composer
Benjamin Levin Composer
Matt Romano Drum Technician
Mike Caffrey Engineer
Artie Smith Guitar Techician, Drum Technician
Rick Roskin Booking
Allan Grigg Composer, Engineer
White Dwarfs Producer
Stardeath Producer
Mathieu Jomphe Composer
Clint Gibbs Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald Composer
Dan Omelio Composer
Ammar Malik Composer, Programming, Instrumentation
Cirkut Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
William Adams Composer
Mack Hawkins Engineer
Darren Craig Art Direction, Logo
Ammo Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
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