A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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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$ha than the latter two.
Is it any good?
In a sea full of young female pop stars, Ke$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.
Talk to your kids 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?