Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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More wild living and partying, but a few thoughtful tunes.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 & Representations

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.


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."


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


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."

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 2, 5, and 10-year-old Written byAG Fan Parent February 23, 2013

Amazing one song, the rest is very, well, Ke$ha's style.....

As with any Ke$ha CD, this is full of sex, swearing, and horrible messages about partying. But if you look at the bright things about this CD, there are a fair... Continue reading
Adult Written bydavidrox January 24, 2013


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 fil... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDuckCommander13 September 30, 2014

This is a good sophomore album for Ke$ha

There is not much to say that is not like Animal or Cannibal. There is very mild sexual content. Censored swearing except for a** in Warrior. There is some refe... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byiamacannibal May 22, 2013


This is an amazing album. Sure, it's not quite how she promised it would be, but it's still incredible. It is very raw sometimes and has messages agai... Continue reading

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Ke$ha
  • Release date: December 4, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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