Kesha
Cannibal


1.5
very poor

Review

by David Driver USER (81 Reviews)
November 19th, 2010 | 272 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Taking the superficiality of pop to an all-time low.

When the sleigh bells start jingling and the air gets a little colder, it can only mean one thing: an avalanche of money-grabbing music releases is just around the corner. Yes, the holidays are great for a lot of things, but quality albums is not one of them, and Kesha’s (I refuse to stylize it as Ke$ha, by the by) latest release is no exception. Taking a page out of the book of Gaga, Cannibal is a nine song EP that comes packaged alongside her re-released debut Animal for the holiday season, giving us the opportunity to discover the wonderment of this pop sensation if we haven’t already. Given how horribly hollow Animal was, will Cannibal attempt to be anything more?

As one might expect, Cannibal is more of the same from Kesha, as she sing-talks her way through big beats and gargantuan synths, all the while displaying her trashy and sleazy lyrical style. Lead single “We R Who We R” is a paint-by-numbers, feel-good pop song that’s laden with hooks, and despite being completely void of any sort of integrity or creativity, it will continue to terrorize every club and radio station for weeks to come, thus serving its purpose completely. The EP’s other single, “Sleazy”, is more stripped-down and runs amok with booming bass drums and handclaps, while Kesha shockingly informs us that that song’s beat is going to make her ejaculate…but a clever pause reveals that she’s actually just “coming” over to our place (oh, how clever!).

And although the rest of Cannibal doesn’t come close to the towering feel of the albums singles, there are plenty of empty half-thrills to go around. “Cannibal” and “Blow” take a back seat in terms of thudding beats compared to the album’s singles, but they still offer some decent chorus hooks. And I don’t know if the Super Mario Bros. helped produce this album or what, but there seems to be significant amount of 8-bit beats during the EP’s later half: all of “Crazy Beautiful Life”, “Grow A Pear” (Is this a pun? I don’t understand) and “C U Next Tuesday” (oh, how clever...again!) offer very little in terms of hooks or interesting choruses, but they do have some very tasty and creative 8-bit noises. And look out for ballad “The Harold Song” to be mashed up with Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” sometime in the near future, because like “Tik Tok” and “California Gurls”, the tracks are pretty much the same.

But if it seems like I’m just going on and on and on about how cool the beats and hooks are, it’s for a reason: it proves to be the only reason to listen to this EP. Kesha, ironically, is the thing that ruins Cannibal completely, as her trademark sneering, sleazy sing-talk is completely unlikeable and her lyrics are nothing short of mind-numbingly bad. Unlike her pop peers, Kesha just comes off as a brain-dead party girl who was dragged off the street and relies on production and auto-tune to mask her lack of charm and talent. What exactly makes this girl so special? While it’s true that pop music lends a lot of itself to production values and engrossing music, it’s ultimately the pop star that has to draw people in, and Kesha, sadly, completely fails to do so.

Cannibal, for me, communicates one simple fact: if you take away the thrilling, atmospheric music in the background, if you take away all the production values and the producers and the song writers, there’s absolutely nothing left. If Kesha was to stand on her own, there would nothing to talk about, which is why Cannibal is a tragic figure: if you put this kind of music and hooks with a real talent, this would be one of the more enjoyable pop releases of the year, but Kesha herself completely ruins everything. Kesha’s raunchy style makes Cannibal even more superficial than the normal pop outing, which is really saying a lot, and it proves to be nothing more than a throw-away effort from a pop “star” who’s 15 minutes of fame are slowly coming to a close.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2010


7026 Comments


We R Who We R is one of the best pop songs of the year. I'll be checking this out.

conradtao
Emeritus
November 19th 2010


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I have been (guiltily) enjoying We R Who We R, so I might actually look into this. As for Ke$ha ruining her own EP...well, yeah. That's pretty much it. Good review.

ShadowRemains
November 19th 2010


21340 Comments


my lord this must be horrible

Bitchfork
November 19th 2010


7584 Comments


I haven't even heard We R Who We R and yet the fucking Bahrainian has wtf is this?

cvlts
November 19th 2010


8977 Comments


you're a better person than me to review this.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2010


7026 Comments


Mainstream has become foreign to you Bitchfork.

Bitchfork
November 19th 2010


7584 Comments


"I refuse to stylize it as Ke$ha, by the by"
but you just did

Bitchfork
November 19th 2010


7584 Comments


"Mainstream has become foreign to you Bitchfork."
I haven't listened to FM radio in like a year and a half.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2010


7026 Comments


rata tat tat on your dum dum drum the beat so fat gonna make me cum

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2010


7026 Comments


classy

Bitchfork
November 19th 2010


7584 Comments


I heard that Dinosaur bullshit by her I was like what the fuck is this and then I was like: "fucking-a get away from all these old pervs first jagger and now him?"

ShadowRemains
November 19th 2010


21340 Comments


rata tat tat on your dum dum drum the beat so fat gonna make me cum


is that actually how it goes?


Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2010


7026 Comments


that's what i heard in sleazy.

ShadowRemains
November 19th 2010


21340 Comments


fuckin lol

Bitchfork
November 19th 2010


7584 Comments


$he i$ after all $omeone who $uffer$ from having both a peni$ and a vagina.

Bitchfork
November 19th 2010


7584 Comments


""You can't imagine the immensity of the fuck I'm not giving
About your money and man servant at the mansion you live in
And I don't wanna go places where all my ladies can't get in
Grab a bottle, some boys, and let's take it back to my basement"

"And get sleazy, sick of all your lines, so cheesy
Sorry daddy, but I'm not that easy
I'm not gonna sit here while you circle jerk it and work it
Imma take it back to where my man and my girls is"

genius"
when she was talking about the basement i actually envisioned a basement. it was like dante's inferno. the expansion of it all, you know? so witty and complex and trippy and cool.

Ovrot
November 19th 2010


10554 Comments


I prefer
Static X - Cannibal


Digging: Funeral Sex - Anal War

Bitchfork
November 19th 2010


7584 Comments


i prefer scat

Bitchfork
November 19th 2010


7584 Comments


andcas>this somehow it's like that bad

Ovrot
November 19th 2010


10554 Comments


Scat as in poop or Scat as in Scatman John, my favorite pop/dance artist?



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