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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Warrior features Ke$ha being her usual sassy, rebellious self -- singing about living in the moment and partying. There's an explicit version that's definitely not for kids, and while the edited version has mostly clean lyrics, there are still lots of sexual images and references to drinking and partying. That being said, Ke$ha has taken some of her music in a different direction, with more honest lyrics about the good, bad, magical, and fleeting moments of life and music that goes beyond the club dance floor.
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What's the story?
WARRIOR is the anticipated follow-up to the highly successful Animal from self-proclaimed "party girl" Ke$ha. With the help of Dr. Luke, Flaming Lips, fun., and Iggy Pop, Ke$ha takes her music in a new direction with 12 tracks about living, loving, and dancing Ke$ha style. The album includes fun. collaboration "Die Young." There are explicit and edited versions available.
Is it any good?
No doubt Ke$ha knows how to work the talk-tap and Valley-Girl twang and sass that made her a star, and she smartly continues her trademark style on many of the songs on Warrior. However, even fans may be tired of the snark that too often drives Ke$ha's songs. Here she makes a point to introduce some new sounds and vocals that show she's not afraid to push her music to a new level. Many of the songs, like "Warrior," "Die Young," "C'mon," and "Supernatural" feature the typical rebellious and reckless Ke$ha, but others, like "Wonderland," "Wherever You Are," and "Only Wanna Dance With You," present new vulnerabilities, vocal lines, and sounds that bleed into a rock-pop flavor from the '80s that make you curious to hear what she'll come up with next.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it takes to make it in pop music. Do you think it's necessary for artists to push the envelope when it comes to content, lyrics, and their own image? How important is image for a celebrity? How relevant is actual talent?
"Love Into the Light" is about accepting your own and other people's flaws and learning to get over yourself and just get along with others. Can you think of other artists who share this idea, or particular songs that reflect it?
Do you think Ke$ha has what it takes to have a long career in music? Why or why not?
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