A few weeks ago, I went and threw Ke$ha's new album, Warrior
, on my phone for a road trip. I really had low expectations because to say I despised her would probably be an understatement. About halfway through the (deluxe edition) album, a song came on, "All That Matters (The Beautiful Life)
," and I was thrown for a loop because, up until that point, I was nearly-smitten with the music, with the album, and maybe with Ke$ha herself. It took an exceptionally shallow song to throw me from ensnaring songs like Supernatural
. Maybe it's my appreciation of momento mori (which is found in droveslike the first radio single, Die Young
) or some record industry/Illuminati partnerhsip, but even the barely-there choruses of Out Alive
are intriguing. A surprising number of songs don't rely on building to big choruses, they just build and release and that lends itself to a very beyond-average mindset on the album. The mixture of contemporary electronic pop music and classic rock makes Dirty Love
(with THE Iggy Pop) and Thinking of You
feel "now" without the lifelessness that synthetic pop music brings. There's a fun, human album here and despite some shallowness and a laser-like focus on partying, it's worth a listen.
I've also been listening to a lot of Fantastic Plastic Machine. FPM
is a very solid album and it's going to enter regular rotation with me. Alphabet, Without You, I Think, and Sex stand-out (marginally) from an excellent, approachable electro-pop album. And the nearly-all-English certainly helps. His debut Fantastic Plastic Machine
is a little too French cafe for me, but that was what Shibuya-kei was, so I don't know if I can post-humously call it out. It's nice and there's a lot of craft there.