A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cannibal includes a lot of the same themes -- partying, drinking, sex -- found in Ke$ha's first record, Animal. There's also some profanity (including "s--t"). While it's far from the most risque album out there, it features enough mature content that parents probably won't want to buy it for their younger teens and tweens. The CD's emphasis on alcohol is troubling, though it could lead to a discussion about the consequences of partying.
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What's the story?
CANNIBAL, the second EP from popster Ke$ha, includes eight songs, most of which revolve around drinking, partying, and sex -- a very similar approach to the one she took in her first record, Animal. Once again, she's produced an album that isn't for tweens or young teens, as it glorifies behavior that can be risky and irresponsible at any age.
Is it any good?
While there was something undeniably appealing about the bubbly, danceable pop tunes on Ke$ha's first record, the songs on her second CD lack a lot of luster. The tempo of some songs -- "Blow," for example -- seems to drag compared to earlier infectious beats like "Tik Tok." The overall effect ends up sounding less fun -- and more played out.
Talk to your kids about ...
What are the real-life consequences of behavior like that featured in Ke$ha's songs? Why do you think she focuses so much on partying? Would she be as popular if she sang about other topics?
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