Review Summary: On Cannibal, Ke$ha's going all the way.10 of 10 thought this review was well written
It's hard to get attention these days as a pop artist. Just making great music often isn't enough, especially if you have a lot of peers doing exactly the same thing, though there are a few tricks that pop artists can to use these days to get the attention they want so badly: infectious beats, catchy choruses and, thanks to Ke$ha, shock. While it all started pretty innocent on her debut album Animal
, the best example of that being that she brushes her teeth with Jack Daniels (Tick Tock
) or that she'd rather have sex with someone she doesn't know (Blah Blah Blah
). Apparently Animal
was only a warm-up, because on Cannibal
she's going all the way.
Aside from the songs about Ke$ha's fantasies of eating people (Cannibal
), casual sex (Sleazy
) and partying (We R Who We R
), she's also showing her soft spot on The Harold Song
where she actually manages to sound convincingly cute while singing about not wanting to sleep alone at night. Cute, that's actually a good way to describe the second half of the album, for example the 'so stupid it's adorable' Grow A Pear
, about a guy who (surprise!) needs to grow up before he can date her. All this is rolling about on a simple but effective beat, which brings us to the best thing about the album: it's filled with modern, catchy dance tunes which will get to you one way or another.
as a whole isn't as innovative or infectious as its beats try to make you believe. A lot of the songs on this EP sound like they have been done before, notably by Katy Perry on her Teenage Dream
. Luckily, Ke$ha actually has something to sing about, which was a big issue I had with Teenage Dream
. Not that Ke$ha's lyrics are so great, but they are sufficient enough to not ruin anything. I am also wondering why this sweet little girl is auto-tuning herself, as she doesn't need it and it takes a lot of charm away from her voice. The exeption to this is Grow A Pear
where it makes her cutesy performance even more adorable. Lucky save there Ke$ha.
takes the dirty part of Ke$ha to the next level, but one can only wonder how far she is planning to go with this, as it does raise a few questions about Ke$ha's further career in music. But for now, Cannibal
suffices as a fine record which reminds us that commercial songs don't always have to be bad. Sure, the auto-tune is totally unnecessary and the lyrical execution might be a bit childish, but Cannibal
still sounds great as a whole. Take that, Katy!