Released: 1st February 2010.
Dirty, loud, easy going and real. Words to describe the 22-year old Kesha Rose Sebert, better known as Ke$ha, who gained exposure early 2009 with the release of 'Right Round', Flo-Rida's Billboard #1 hit single, which featured the Los Angeles-born singer. Now, a year later, Ke$ha releases her solo debut album "Animal", featuring the hit single "Tik Tok" and "Blah Blah Blah", the supposed to be second single featuring pop sensations 3Oh!3. All the songs on the record are (co)written by Ke$ha herself and she has been working on her debut for more than six years.
"Tik Tok" is a good teaser of what the album is about: dirty, fun and addictive pop music for a good night partying. One of the many highlights of the album is "Take It Off", a killer hit in the making that makes you want to forget about your everyday troubles, get drunk, go out and party 'til the break of dawn. Another highlight is "Party At A Rich Dude's House", the song Ke$ha wrote after visiting a Paris Hilton houseparty, where she threw up in the heiress' closet.
The album's not all about having a good time. Ke$ha shows her emotional side on "Stephen", the song about a guy she fell in love with, but never called her back. And then there is "Hungover", a song that surprisingly isn't about alcohol abuse, but about being love drunk. More tears from the singer can be heard on "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes", where Ke$ha sings about a broken relationship and the pain of break-up costs.
The power of Ke$ha and the songs on "Animal" is that she perfectly knows how to translate the perceptions of today's generation into her lyrics. I think part of her success definitely comes from the fact she's representing the youth of today where she's a part of herself. Where most rappers brag about the money and other luxuries of big parties, Ke$ha's keeping it real by saying it's possible to have a good time without having a dime. Isn't that what it's all about in the end, having a good time?
"Animal" already is better than any album released in 2009, and yes, that includes Lady GaGa's "The Fame: Monster" album. I think Ke$ha's future looks bright and I hope she'll continue to deliver funky, filthy and fantastic, real pop music.