Watch out Europe – America is jumpin’ on the club scene bandwagon! Even though America has always had a nightclub scene, it is hardly what a techno fan would call a typical nightclub scene.
“Cotton Eye Joe” is credited to the 1990s and has often been a definition on what American’s think dance music is. Of course that is still dance music, but it is hardly techno. Where is the bass? The sound effects? The remix? The dj scratches? A light has been shined on the minds of record companies and music producers and musicians. A new artist that has captured the ears of many is Ke$ha. Debuting in 2010, she has most definitely set the bar for the dancing and clubbing scene.
Ke$ha, even though a young and flourishing artist, has brought a raw and saucy mix to the front. This sauciness has attracted many consumers. The critics disagree despite her intent or malintent according to their critique.
Her first album debuting in 2010, titled Animal, featured a few hit singles including, “Tik Tok” and “Your Love is My Drug.” Her success is not paralleled or connected to that of her competition, so to speak.
Ke$ha has claimed that one of her contemporary inspirations is Lady Gaga. However, her style is recognizably different from that of Lady Gaga. Her music mirrors that of Miami bass with a hint of electro style. Her vocals are clearly inspired by the Beastie Boys, which she has admitted she is a big fan. Her vocal style is strange but seems to meld perfectly as a composition. Her half singing and half talking style suits her adolescent and naïve lyrical style. Her morale value, or lack thereof, has been said to be one that should be shunned. However, somehow she is able to pull it all off.
Cannibal is an album that has been linked to the album Animal but has its own style transition. “Blow” has been rated five out of five stars in many books. The song has very exciting, hip rockin’, booty shakin’ beats. Get the strobes out because it’s time to dance!
Whatever your prior premonitions were about Ke$ha, throw them out the window. She has definitely set a new stage for the young and daring artist. Yes, her lyrics are about another crazy party and many drunken moments. Despite what picture she paints, she definitely kicks out tunes to groove to. Check out both of Ke$ha’s albums, Animal and Cannibal. You may be in for a pleasant surprise!
About Brad Parmerter:
Brad Parmerter has almost 20 years experience in the music and entertainment industry as a writer, programmer, and merchandiser. He has professionally interviewed and photographed such artists as: Rush, Metallica, Celine Dion, Live, Phil Collins, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Live, Van Halen, Queensryche, Anna Nalick, Styx, Def Leppard, and many more.
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