KE$HA IS THE NEW TAYLOR SWIFT.
Lots of good conversation about Ke$ha recently, though (she’s closer to the “new Lady GaGa” in terms of an interesting grinding of the cogs in the Critical Apparatus coming to grips with her).
Some interesting topics — hidden depths (and lack or projections thereof — I fall into the projections camp, I think); relationship to proto-punk if any; thinness as virtue or deal-breaker; etc.
Good heavens, have I been ahead of the curve on this? That would be a first.
Those are interesting conversations, and I’d have to listen to the whole album/watch the videos/read the “interviews” to stake out any more of a critical position on her; all I know so far is what I hear on the radio. Which sort of makes the “punk rock” (Shondells not Stooges) connection that Frank’s hearing — no matter what we may think of her music, it’s INCREDIBLY POPULAR, and shouldn’t we be wrestling with that? I mean beyond the kneejerk “O what have the children come to these days” and rather what chord is she striking that no one else is.
I take issue with the Lex that we’ve heard it all before: surely the point of Ke$ha is that we haven’t heard this precise combination before. There’s a racial element to it (specially in America) which is worth sussing out too: almost all his examples of “we’ve heard it before” are black, and whether it’s right or not (it’s not) mass audiences respond differently to and have different expectations of white party girls vs. black party girls n boys, except maybe now they don’t? (Nicki Minaj to thread here.)
At the very least, there’s a lot of violent, visceral hatred of Ke$ha’s music out there which is interesting in itself; I’m starting to think that AutoTune may be the new jazz/rock & roll/hip-hop — the dividing line beyond which a certain vocal segment of the listening/chattering public will declare everything “not music” and eventually be swept away by the tides of history.
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