December 4, 2012

Ke$ha’s new record Warrior came out today, and it’s a predictably hook-heavy collection of radio-and club-ready ‘bangers.’ Who wrote this thing, Captain Hook? Peter Hook? TJ Hooker?  They should’ve checked if any of those dudes were available for co-producer credits, they asked everyone else.

Instead, she had to settle for the likes of Max Martin and Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco, dudes who eat hooks for breakfast, then digest them and produce perfectly formed little hooky bowel movements. As I pointed out in a review, the multi-writer, multi-producer approach is for both good and ill on the record. The songs are all brilliant, top to bottom, but sometimes they end up sounding like exactly what they are: a team of engineers elbowing each other aside to get noticed.

Aside from the usual hit-makers, Kersherrr worked with a lineup of rock stars, like Wayne Coyne and Iggy Pop. The former’s contribution, “Past Lives,” only made it to the deluxe edition, which you can hear here, while the latter’s, for some reason, made the proper album cut. Do not bother with that one, unless you want to feel like you’re watching your cool divorced dad ‘hollering at bitches’ in the club. Also, there’s a Black Keys song on here I guess, but don’t really care enough to look into which one it was. The overrated middle of the road one probably. Pretty sure this doesn’t count as a collaboration since he didn’t have anything to do with it, but there’s also a total Phil Collins’ slow jam tear-jerker tragedy-core reverb-toms track on here as well in “Love Into the Light.”

None of any of that shit I just wrote matters in comparison to the track she collaborated on with The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas and Fabrizio Moretti called “Only Wanna Dance With You.”

”A friend of mine plays with Julian and we kind of knew each other, and Julian really likes [producer] Dr. Luke so they were talking, and it kind of happened, oddly, organically, and in a strange way.

”I’m a huge fan of their music, and they’re on one of my favourite songs on the record. They’re part of a long list of some of my favorite bands that have actually collaborated with me on this record. It’s really exciting for me to work with people that are unexpected. I hope people freak out. I kind of freaked out when he was like, ‘Sure.’ I was like, ‘Really?!”’ via.

That’s the same thing I was thinking when I heard about it! I don’t know what I’m talking about it turns out, because this is an instant contender for song of the year. Very cool of her to ask them to play on the song though, especially since it sounds exactly like they wrote it. I only wanna dance to this song, over and over.

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