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Cannibal
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
The people giving this album one-star reviews because Ke$ha "has no talent" etc, have a very simplified understanding, I think, of how records like this (and her first) get made, and how difficult it is.

First, the majority of the work here is in the production. She was at least partially involved in this process, probably on the creative, if not the technical, end. This becomes clear if you watch any kind of in-depth interview with her, and if you compare her sound to others, and to her influences.

Second, writing "meaningless, catchy" pop songs is not easy. I know this because this is something I do. Packing this kind of brain-sticking power into snarky, compact rhyming couplets, and stringing those into a song in an attractive cadence and with a juicy melody (autotuned or not; it doesn't matter-- should we not use electronic instruments? do we live in the stone age? if it sounds good, do it) is not easy. or lazy. it's very, very hard. that's why people get payed extraordinary amounts of money to do it. Try it sometime.

Her image and personality are all part of the package too. Say what you want about her; she's interesting. Statistically, probably more interesting than you. If not, you should work on becoming famous, because in that case it shouldn't be too hard.

This is an extremely addictive, ass-moving, impeccably produced dance record with wit and provocative power (judging by the bristling reactions to her lyrics i keep hearing), and that, despite the opinions of many of these reviewers (I don't know what their experiences are with making music are; I won't assume) is not something simple, effortless, to render incarnate, though Ke$ha may make it seem so. It isn't genius; it isn't the best out there. But it's a respectable and well-crafted work of pop, and I'm not sure how many people actually know what that means.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2010
There are to types of people: the one's who like Ke$ha, and the one's who don't.

First off: this CD won't turn around any haters to her side, nor will she gain any new fans that didn't like her debut disc "Animal".

"Cannibal" is like the separated at birth twin sister to "Animal", the beats, song messages, and vocals are consistent and similar in every way. So if you liked "Animal" you will like "Cannibal". Ke$ha sings about bad boyfriends, partying, being who you are (even if you are freaky) and the beauty of her life.

The nice thing is that this disc is 9 songs short, no filler to be heard. I would say the production on this disc is touch more interesting than "Animal". My favorite song is "Blow" which literally chops up Ke$ha's vocals in a really unique way. And even in the title track "Cannibal" you can hear a glimpse of Ke$ha's real vocal power in the bridge. Every song is entertaining and Ke$ha always pulls out crazy lyrics that you wouldn't expect, especially on the song "Sleazy".

The only song I would skip over is "Grow A Pear", were she uses words like "vag" and "mangina". The song is catchy but somewhat grating. It is similar to "DINOSAUR" from "Animal" because it is so cheesy and outrageous.

With Ke$ha you get no apologies. She is who she is. Her songs are outrageous and electro-trashy. But you have to admit she is original. Most artists sing about how classy and rich they are, and don't even admit they party hard. Ke$ha seems to stay true to her Tennessee trailer trash self (and I mean that in the nicest way). The most self-revealing song about her life would have to be not shockingly "Crazy Beautiful Life". Somewhere behind the Auto-Tune, glitter, and stockings ripped up the sides is a girl with introspective, talent, and wit.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2010
Its def not supposed to be taken as a serious piece of musical and lyrical artwork. The lyrics are well written albeit they are fun and catchy.. I like this girl, she does what she does and says what she says and I feel she is still finding herself.. but then again aren't we all trying to find ourselves? Thumbs up on this. Wish her some amazing success!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2011
Much like the Pontiac Aztek, you either love or hate Ke$ha - there's no middle ground.

Personally, I think she's creatively dirty and ridiculously entertaining. Her vocals may not win awards, but she can put on quite a show.

Also, if you've ever been to college, you'll find her songs aren't as irrelevant as you'd think...

Try the previews. Her songs have a good beat and never fail to make you laugh.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2010
Short and sweet EPs seem to be the hot commodity nowadays, with everyone from Lady GaGa to Flo Rida to electro-pop tartlet Ke$ha releasing `albums' with fewer than 10 tracks. It's unclear what they're supposed to represent; Lady GaGa's `Fame Monster' went from previous-album-extension to special edition to placeholder LP to more or less full-blown second album in a series of weeks, and Ke$ha's `Cannibal' may end up doing the same, depending on its success and how many singles it produces.

Packaged as both a deluxe edition with `Animal' and separately as its own EP, `Cannibal' essentially offers more of the same, and doesn't diverge radically from the boozy electro-party of Ke$ha's debut. Opener and lead single "We R Who We R" is a fizzy, upbeat romp very similar to the four hits that came before it, but it serves its purpose and will get most parties started. If you're getting fooled into thinking she's taking a different route lyrically because of the vague `be yourself' theme, don't; boozing, sexing and partying are all still the highest priorities here.

The title track rides a booming beat to a questionable metaphor (and off-color Jeffrey Dahmer reference), but remains passable ear candy thanks to its soaring chorus and peppy backbeat. "Sleazy" is a so-so hip-hop cut, while "Blow" makes such heavy use of auto-tune you'd think it was manufactured entirely on a computer. The latter, however, makes unique use of the vocal effects and ends up being a solid thrasher.

Although her pounding party jams are what she's known for, Ke$ha is at her most fascinating when her vulnerability shines through, as the stellar "Hangover" and "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes" displayed. The blend of melancholy and electronica has been responsible for some truly excellent songs, and "The Harold Song," `Cannibal's only ballad-ish track, is example of this. It leaves one to wonder if the world's impression of Ke$ha might be different if these types of tracks were ever released as singles.

Of all the unused `Animal' demos Ke$ha could have included here, it's unclear why she chose "C U Next Tuesday," a rather average mid-tempo hip-pop number. The silly but infectious "Mr. Watson" or bewitching "Run Devil Run" would've been far better choices, but at this point it's highly unlikely they'll see official release. The moderately dubstep-sounding "Animal" remix is alright, but highly unlikely to earn repeat listens.

`Cannibal' is mostly just `Animal' leftovers, and while in its complete deluxe edition form it's a pretty satisfying parade of electro-pop, it's not worth shelling 8 or 9 bucks over on its own. `Cannibal' may end up being treated as Ke$ha's second album, but it shouldn't be; despite its handful of pretty good club jams, it does nothing that `Animal' didn't do better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2010
This "album" is EXTREMELY catchy. I would rate Sleazy as probably the catchiest, followed by Cannibal, Grow a Pear, and finally Blow. C U Next Tuesday was on the deluxe Animal anyway, so that's a repeat. The Harold Song laments Ke$ha's lost love, which is something that surprises me. Under her party girl, trashy attitude, there is a real human being who has regrets and heartache like the rest of us. This song isn't exceptional, but it helped me relate to the singer as a person. We R Who We R has been on the radio for a few weeks, and frankly the chorus annoys me.. particularly toward the end "DJ turn it up up up up up up." Too excessive. Otherwise, this mini-album is top notch.

I highly recommend, in this order:
Sleazy
Cannibal
Grow A Pear
Blow

I would love for them to incorporate Sleazy or Cannibal to Dance Central, it would definitely be killer!

4/5
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2010
And what I wanted was a fun, sarcastic, and irreverent record. I was simply hoping for uptempo music with a chunk of humor thrown into it, and that's what I got. I didn't expect vocal performances that rival Lady GaGa or Rihanna. Her music is generally on the techno/electro side, and playing with vocals within this genre is incredibly common. I greatly enjoyed her first CD for it's lack of seriousness, and this CD is very much the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2010
People need to understand that she is not going to write deep meaningful songs. Best line of the CD comes in the song We R Who We R when she says DJ turn it up
It's about damn time to live it up I'm so sick of being so serious
It's making my brain delirious! I'm just talkin' truth." She is just putting out music that people can dance to and have a good time. The only problem I have is this album is that it is short only 9 songs. I wish it was longer. 9 songs leaves you wanting more I guess.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
I really don't get why people were expecting this to be a deep meaningful album, especially after they have heard "Animal." I expected more of the same, and that is exactly what I got- no complaints here. You don't have to agree with her messages or lyrics (and no, just because you buy the album, it doesn't mean you agree with her); I bought this album simply for the catchy beats and easy-on-the-ears lyrics, where I don't have to think of the underlying meaning or hidden messages of the songs. I bought this to listen to in the car- something I can bop my head and sing along to, yet still enjoy hearing this in the clubs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2011
Ke$ha delivered four top 10 singles from her debut album, Animal, and there were arguably a few more songs that could have easily gotten the single treatment. Rather than risk breaking her winning streak, though, the powers at be decided it was time for some new material. This was probably the wisest decision, considering the demographic that Ke$ha appeals to; it's unlikely that many of her fans would still be supporting Animal by the sixth single.

So now we have Cannibal. At only nine songs, one of which is a remix, it is like a leaner and meaner cousin to Animal. The whole thing opens with the title track, filled with hastily thumping verses that lead to a towering chorus meant to fill arenas. The lead single We R Who We R follows, with its typical sing-speak verses and fun beat. It's actually one of the weakest songs on the EP, given the material to come.

After We R Who We R comes the one-two-three punch. Sleazy is as the title suggests, and possibly the best song of Ke$ha's career. It's heavy beat paired with legitimately skilled rapping give it a dirty Eurotrash feel. The infectious Blow follows, with repetitive lyrics meant for the sheer purpose of hooking in the brain. When Ke$ha screams 'This place about to BLOW!' at the bridge, it's like a dare to not dance. Then there's The Harold Song, the most well-written song Ke$ha has sung, one that lays her heart bare on the dance floor. It's a moment of pure vulnerability that is beautiful, jarring amongst this material.

Nothing could possibly match the previous three songs, and Crazy Beautiful Life doesn't even try. It's a bit generic, with its autobiographical lyrics and simple beat, and can get a bit tiring even at less than three minutes. Grow a Pear is the novelty track, and is good for what it is. It may incite a few chuckles the first time through, but doesn't hold a ton of water on repeated listens. C U Next Tuesday is much better, with Ke$ha playing a temptress amongst bleeping synths that glide easily along. A remix of Animal follows, and it is an explosive song that builds upon the original in every good way possible.

If nothing else, Ke$ha knows how to fill a dance floor. This EP is a bit uneven, but with the help of a great middle section, it turns out as one of the best collections of party songs of the year. And partying is all Ke$ha wants to do anyway, right?
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