While I've heard many of Ke$ha's singles on the radio, I'm not sure I sat down and listened to an entire album until "Warrior." To be honest, I was a bit wary. She's a genius at dance tracks, but there can definitely be too much of a good thing when it comes to heavy pop singles.
"Warrior" surprised me, however, as did Ke$ha. Her title track and first single, "Warrior" and "Die Young," respectively, bring the driving beat and rap/melody mixture we've all grown accustomed to by the glitter princess, but "Thinking of You" combines this with a fluid chorus that helps to break the pounding tempo and make the song a much more enjoyable experience.
It's not the only song that reflects less of a light-streaked club and more of a hairbrush-microphone bedroom dance experience. "Only Wanna Dance With You" and "Wonderland" and "Past Lives" give a much softer side of Ke$ha, one that I like. Behind all the glitter and under-washed, over-sprayed hair, she's got a great voice.
Don't be disappointed, however. "Crazy Kids", "Supernatural" and "Out Alive" need to be danced to a blacklight. Period.
This may be one of those cases where the book was definitely judged by its cover - or, the album was judged by the hygiene of its singer - but Ke$ha is no one-style musician. She's got at least a bit of range, and "Warrior" is a great album to experience all she has to offer.
"Warrior" contains a little strong language.