Warrior

 
More wild living and partying, but a few thoughtful tunes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ke$ha is certainly one to speak her mind and laugh in the face of authority, and the message to party, live carelessly in the moment, and not worry about what comes tomorrow isn't necessarily the best message for kids. However, on the confessional "Love Into the Light," Ke$ha sings openly about accepting our flaws and differences, saying, "I know I've got issues, a sordid past, bad tattoos ... I'm not a saint./ Maybe it's about time to let all of the love back into light ... let go of the hate."

Positive role models

Ke$ha deserves props for her ability to stand out in the music world and perfectly capture the essence of youth, rebellion, and excitement in a way that anyone can relate to. That being said, living carelessly, boozing it up regularly, and flaunting it certainly doesn't lend itself to being a positive role model for any age.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Lots of innuendo; "Dirty Love" says, "I just want your dirty love. All I need is to get in between your sheets." The song "C'mon" is about partying and "going home satisfied." The song "Supernatural" says, "Boy this love is supernatural, can you feel it? Poison me with love, I'll bring you back to life."
 

Language

On the edited version there is only "hell" and "ass." On the explicit version there is a lot more.

Consumerism

Mentions Budweiser, Hooters, Rick Santorum. Iggy Pop sings on the song "Dirty Love."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of talk of "getting high," drinking, being at the bar; "red wine and whiskey on your lips."

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Ke$ha
Release date:December 4, 2012
Type:Album
Label:RCA
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheReview January 28, 2013
age 10+
 

bleh

honestly kesha just stop
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old February 3, 2013
age 10+
 

Stupid, Pointless Album. Songs Are Shallow. Sexual References.

Ke$ha promised a new approach. She said it would be more like rock, and not as much auto tune. But of course, she decided to just continue on with the regular reckless, partying, idiotic kind of Ke$ha. This album has a FEW songs with no auto tune, but she just throws away her auto tune doing this auto tune and pop crap. Sex: "All I need is to get between your sheets"/ "The lights are off, it's time to play"/ "They chasin my kitty cat" could mean a lot of things/ "Lemme see what you’re packin’ inside that denim"/ "Tryna get my hands in your worn down pants"/ "Daisy dukes showing off my a**"/"...we're touching in the dark"/ Language: "f*ck" "p*ss" "a**" "h*ll" "b*tch" Drinking/Drugs: She mentions getting high, wine, and lots of stuff. I honestly HATE this album. When I read over the lyrics, I was disgusted at how stupid the lyrics are and about the idiots who can even call this real music.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bydavidrox January 24, 2013
age 14+
 

Great!

Great. I love ke$ha, and this record rocks. its very fun and lots of catchy tunes. bottom line though, not for kids. even on the clean album there songs filled with scandalous sexual references. Lots of uses of F**k, lots of uses of S**t, lots of a**, lots of d**k, lots of d**m, ect..... Most of the songs are about partying but som offer insight fullness about relationships and acceptance, even in the party tunes they have good messages such as die young which is to live your life to the fullest.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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