Animal

Common Sense Media says

Dance-pop CD isn't graphic but is too suggestive for kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The actions that Ke$ha describes -- getting drunk, obsessing about boys -- aren't things a parent would encourage a child to do.

Positive role models

Ke$ha isn't the train wreck that some of her peers have become (read: Britney), but the somewhat wild behavior in both her songs and personal life doesn't make her a good role model for kids.  

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Middle-of-the-road when it comes to sexual references -- more overt than Demi, but less than Britney. For example: " Boy come on get your rocks off / Come put a little love in my glove box  / I wanna dance with no pants on."

Language

S-word crops up here and there, with a few other eyebrow-raisers like "dick."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some mentions of drinking whiskey and beer and getting drunk, as well as getting stoned.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while ANIMAL doesn't contain hardcore swearing, exceptionally graphic sexual descriptions, or tons of references to substance use, it does include a smattering of each, making it inappropriate for tweens and young teens. The popular song "Tik Tok" is about partying and drinking to excess, without consequences.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

ANIMAL is the debut CD from Ke$sha -- the pop singer who collaborated with rapper Flo Rida on his wildly popular hit, “Right Round,” and has already had her own smash single, “Tik Tok.” On the full CD, Ke$ha covers a range of the typical topics one would expect from an early twenty-something girl, including young love, partying, and backstabbing friends. While she works some iffy content into the tunes, with some references to drinking, getting stoned, and having sex, the topics aren’t described in the same super-graphic ways that they are in songs by peers such as Lady GaGa and Britney Spears. Parents may feel better about having their older teens listening to Ke$ha than the latter two.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In a sea full of young female pop stars, Ke$ha has managed to craft a somewhat distinct style by melding a little bit of Lady GaGa, Shakira, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato. As a result, the songs on this CD -- particularly the slower track "Stephen" and the 3OH!3 collaboration “Blah Blah Blah” -- continue to take you by surprise: just when you expect to hear the same old (boring) synth-pop formula, the tune takes a turn with a quirky hook accompanied by the singer's catchy sing-speak delivery.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Ke$ha's background and how it contributed to where she is today. The singer was born in the Los Angeles area and raised by a single mom who was a musician herself. How might both of these things have affected Ke$ha's childhood?

  • After moving out of her mom's house, Ke$ha claims to have lived out of her car for awhile. How could her upbringing have contributed to both the hard times in her life and her recent success?

Music details

Artist:Ke$ha
Release date:January 6, 2010
Label:RCA
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byTanked out April 9, 2010
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12
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One of the worst albums ever

If you asked me right now I couldn't tell you what kind of music Ke$ha does. It isn't singing because she couldn't sing if her life depended on it, it isn't rapping because she never rhymes and when she does it's so simple it's laughable and she can't flow to the beat, it isn't techno because the beats are REALLY REALLY simple and she doesn't even make them by herself. So what does she really do? I guess if you can write a song about being a drunk whore and look fairly attractive then BOOM record executives love it. What a great way to broadcast what teenage girls think about all day long. So she has no talent but is this album really bad content wise? Um..no, if your little 12 year old girl (that's the audience for this) is actually influenced by this music (I use the word loosly) she's incredibly stupid and really needs to grow up.
Parent of a 17 year old Written byjp loves tabby February 15, 2010
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17
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you are smoking o,yea!!!

good love it
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bypink.barbie July 1, 2010
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10
QUALITY
 

13+ go for it

ke$ha is awesome and her lyrics are teen friendly. shes not as bad as other rapper/singers out there

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