Warrior [Deluxe Edition]

Warrior [Deluxe Edition]

by Ke$haKe$ha

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There were two paths Ke$ha could've followed on her second album, Warrior. She could've tried a respectable street, sticking a pen in her heart so her feelings would pour onto the page, or she could have not changed a note, replicating the glitter-bomb of Animal. Cannily, she decided to split the difference between these two routes, remaining defiant in her tastelessness but flashing just enough depth to show she's not a passing fad. Of course, Ke$ha is savvy, knowing which trends to exploit and which to abandon, never compromising her position of the queen of the white-trash outcasts. Her gleeful embrace of low-rent taste separates her from her peers, every one of them containing some sort of aspiration of high-thread-count sophistication, something the ever-calculating pop star could possibly care less about. Throughout Warrior, Ke$ha raises a glass to the classless masses, the girls who only live for good times, never thinking about the consequences of their actions. She's smart enough to know there's a morning after, but unlike Lady Gaga, who happily embraced her status of queen of the Little Monsters, Ke$ha wants to get into the thick of it, writing rallying cries, not anthems. She may be writing songs for her burgeoning cult, but there is no separation from her audience, she is part of them, leading them into battle wearing ripped tights, heavy mascara, and piles of hair. Taste never enters into Ke$ha's equation: she's gleefully vulgar, embracing the magic in a dude's pants, copping a rapper's growl, tossing out profanity, encouraging the shock and awe of any listener with a lick of sense. Ke$ha may play dumb but she isn't stupid: she knows a good hook, whether it's in the rhythm, chorus, lyric, or melody, she knows how far to take it to the edge, knows how to be tacky without being gross. At her best, she is deliriously trashy: she ropes Iggy Pop in for a duet on the filthy "Dirty Love," "C'Mon" surges on the intoxication of a one-night stand, "Only Wanna Dance with You" is a riotous piss-take on the Strokes that pushes them toward the bubblegum where they belong, and on the deluxe edition, she writes the greatest Joan Jett song ever in "Gold Trans Am." Her stabs at sincerity, so casual they could almost be dismissed, benefit by her light touch, particularly the neo-country crawl "Wonderland." Moments like this reveal the precision in her pop machine, but Warrior works because Ke$ha never seems to be trying too hard yet she isn't coasting: she's created a statement of purpose where the highs aren't as high as those on Animal -- nothing digs in like "Tik Tok" or "Take It Off" -- but there are no lows. It's a wall-to-wall party for the freaks, burnouts, outcasts, and misfits and if you don't get it that's your fault, not hers. [A Deluxe Edition featuring four bonus tracks was also released in a clean version.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2012
Label: Rca
UPC: 0887654143020
catalogNumber: 541430
Rank: 136727


  1. Warrior
  2. Die Young
  3. C'mon
  4. Thinking Of You
  5. Crazy Kids
  6. Wherever You Are
  7. Dirty Love
  8. Wonderland
  9. Only Wanna Dance With You
  10. Supernatural
  11. All That Matters (The Beautiful Life)
  12. Love Into The Light
  13. Last Goodbye
  14. Gold Trans Am
  15. Out Alive
  16. Past Lives

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ke$ha   Primary Artist
David Angell   Strings
David Davidson   Strings
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Ben Folds   Conductor
Michael Rojas   Organ,Keyboards
Wayne Coyne   Background Vocals
Max Martin   Keyboards
Pebe Sebert   Vocals
Luke   Vocals
Fabrizio Moretti   Drums
J.P. Bowersock   Guitar
Patrick Carney   Drums
Tomas Ljung   Hand Clapping
Bonnie McKee   Vocals
Sari Reist   Strings
Ava James   Vocals
Shellback   Guitar,Keyboards
Koool Kojak   Vocals
Benjamin Levin   Vocals
Rani Hancock   Vocals
Ilya Toshinskiy   Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin
Clint Gibbs   Vocals
Lukasz Gottwald   Vocals
Dan Omelio   Vocals
Ammar Malik   Vocals
Katie Mitzell   Vocals
Cirkut   Vocals
Becky G   Vocals
Lagan Sebert   Vocals
Monica Cornia   Vocals
Chasin Raefin   Vocals
Alexander Castillo Vasquez   Vocals
Henry Walter   Vocals

Technical Credits

Flaming Lips   Producer
Nik Kershaw   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Ben Folds   Composer,String Arrangements
Joe Costa   Engineer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer
Benny Blanco   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Pebe Sebert   Composer
Allen Ditto   Engineer
Alana Da Fonseca   Engineer
Emily Wright   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Matt Squire   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Michael Ilbert   Engineer
Klas Åhlund   Composer
Luke   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Julian Casablancas   Programming,Instrumentation
John Hanes   Engineer
Lukas Hilbert   Composer
Steven Wolf   Arranger,Additional Production
Chris Dalston   Booking
John McBride   Engineer
Nate Ruess   Composer
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
Bonnie McKee   Composer
Hart Gunther   Engineer
Alexander Kronlund   Composer
Matt Beckley   Engineer
Jesse Shatkin   Engineer
Billboard   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Shellback   Composer,Programming,Producer
Stardeath and White Dwarfs   Producer
Koool Kojak   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Sam Holland   Engineer
Joshua Coleman   Composer
Kesha Sebert   Composer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Matt Romano   Drum Technician
Mike Caffrey   Engineer
Artie Smith   Guitar Techician,Drum Technician
Rick Roskin   Booking
Allan Grigg   Composer,Engineer
Mathieu Jomphe   Composer
Clint Gibbs   Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Dan Omelio   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Cirkut   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
William Adams   Composer
Mack Hawkins   Engineer
Darren Craig   Art Direction,Logo
Ammo   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Henry Walter   Composer

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