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Even If You Don’t Like Ke$ha You Should Listen To This

Okay, so I’m not a Ke$ha fan by any stretch of the imagination but this really impressed me. I only just heard that she released a stripped down acoustic album called Deconstructed, which features four stripped down versions of her own songs and one cover of Dolly Parton‘s “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You” (which was co-written by Ke$ha’s mother, Pebe Sebert). What stood out to me was her version of “Blow”, that really irritating club song that didn’t go away for what seemed like forever. The acoustic version is haunting and really rather beautiful. It’s not completely without auto tune but it’s FAR less noticeable.

When I hear it, it almost sounds like Ke$ha is some sort of waif girl, some lost soul that lives on the streets, completely ignored by those around her except when they shove her out of their way. She yearns for a chance to enjoy the things in life that other girls her age are enjoying, like going to a club and just dancing without a care in the world.

If Ke$ha were to release more music like this, believe me when I say I’d be first in line to buy an album. Head down and give it a listen.

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  • hrvstrsrrw

    Take away all the nonsense, and she can be quite impressive. She did something similar with her take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”

    • JonathanBarkan

      It’s amazing that these talented musicians are okay with being so digitally covered. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of trying to showcase your craft? It’s depressing.

  • SelfishMan912

    wow… she needs to do more stuff like this.

    • JonathanBarkan


  • DarrelDreadful

    Ke$ha is actually a perfect example of someone who is controlled in the music industry. She is an amazing singer but most of the stuff she puts out is either crap or doesn’t show her true potential. This however, is a showcase of who she really is as an artist.

    • JonathanBarkan

      As I said in the article, I’d TOTALLY buy her stuff if she put out material like this!

  • JCAcor

    Ke$ha was clearly doing what she wanted on her first album where she was trying to sound like Daft Punk. It’s with her 2nd album Warrior that problems started. She wanted to do rock and country and as she revealed in her MTV show her label didn’t want her doing stuff she wasn’t “known for.” There’s rock, country and folksy stuff on Warrior like Wonderland, Past Lives (produced by The Flaming Lips), Last Goodbye and Gold Trans Am that Ke$ha wanted. And stuff like Die Young and Crazy Kids that her label wanted. I think they let her do Deconstructed to appease her but she’s very angry that they interfered and she’s been defying her label ever since. I think she’s happy about the whole FreeKesha fan movement that’s sprung up as a result.

  • jack


    • JonathanBarkan

      Hahahahahahaha! I love you!

      • jack

        you should be sterilized tbh

        • JonathanBarkan

          Well, I WOULD make for a terrible parent.

          • jack

            at least you know that and won’t reproduce. goddammit jonathan. you’re the worst

          • JonathanBarkan

            @jiltedlover Really? The absolute worst? I’m kinda flattered!

  • Nick Mroz

    In the words of Spock, “Fascinating.” Seriously though I agree that this is the Ke$ha I’d want to hear more of.

  • viking1983

    keshas a pretty cool chick met her a few times, she is a die hard heavy metal fan, hugely into pantera and slayer, she does pop music as it suits her voice and she doesn’t take it seriously, she makes the money by being able to write catchy songs, hopefully she goes into rock or acoustic music at some point properly

    • JonathanBarkan

      That’d be aces.

  • jack

    well. maybe you’re not the *absolute* worst. i didn’t say that. you’re worse than aids. but that’s still not worse than kesha.

    • JonathanBarkan

      Worse than AIDS?!?!?! Damn sir! I must’ve made quite the impact on you! I’m actually quite flattered right now!

  • Darkness69

    Hi, Jonathan, great find as always! I’m not a fan, but I respect what she’s trying to do. This is original and interesting!

    • JonathanBarkan

      Thank you!

  • RubenVeritas

    I think Ke$ha’s music is just pure fun pop that shouldn’t be taken seriously. She is just making catchy tunes, but she can really sing. The auto tuning just comes with making pop music. I do like the original Blow and this one as well. Her song Cannibal was really great and her reference to Jeffrey Dahmer was hilarious.

  • Beanis

    The song is decent but this article does not belong on this site. Is this Perez Hilton for fuck’s sake? How is this in any way horror related? I don’t log on here to read about shitty pop singers, especially this twat. If you want interesting vaguely haunting pop music check out The Knife/Fever Ray.

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