Like many people nowadays, I have quite
a media backlog of things I'd like to consume on streaming services,
and yes, even things I've paid money for too. What better way to go
through a music backlog than by writing about it? Instead of writing
typical reviews of even slightly older albums, and in the spirit of
my habit of ranking songs, I thought I would start a new series. In
Album Battle, I compare two somewhat similar albums. In this first
installment, I compare two 2012 albums by female pop singers: Halycon
by Ellie Goulding and Warrior
“Don't Say a Word” opens with some
soulful wailing. I love this kind of mystical poppy Ray of Light-like
stuff. “Warrior” is a manifesto with the typical Ke$ha sound. The
chiptune bridge is really out of place.
“My Blood” has a great chorus (both
the part of the song as well as the group vocal).
“Die Young” is fun to do at
karaoke. That's how classics are made!
“Anything Could Happen” is a little
too twee. The chorus is just the title repeated many times, then
repeated high pitched “oooh oooh oooh.”
“C'mon” is a
midtempo pop song that has the typical lyrical content of a Ke$ha
song, but the chorus sounds a little Katy Perry-ish.
“Only You” has some
crazy chipmunk effects. Ellie's breathy soulfulness works well here.
“Thinking of You” is pop-rock
that's a little too angry. There's some weird autotune effects on the
bridge, which don't work as well as the voice effects on “Only
“Halcyon” is more of the same.
“Crazy Kids” has some awkward
rapping, and is a little too close to “We R Who We R.”
“Figure 8” is a dark pop song over
a heavy beat that is barely disguised dubstep.
“Wherever You Are” is bouncy, but a
little too tame.
“Joy” is sweet but a lacking in
“Dirty Love” has Iggy Pop.
“Hanging On” has some sweet vocals
and dubstep elements.
“Wonderland” is a country-ish
singer-songwriter song. Ke$ha has always been a singer-songwriter,
but her songs don't sound like the stereotype.
“Explosions” is an appropriately
“Only Wanna Dance With You” is trivial and
bouncy, but not particularly catchy.
“I Know You Care” is solemn,
“Supernatural” sounds like a
single, with pop and dance in balance.
“Atlantis” sounds mystical and has
some dreamy harp.
“All That Matters (The Beautiful Life)” is
catchier but doesn't have a very good message. Partying is a lot of
things but it isn't everything!
“Dead in the Water” is another
quiet ballad with a moving chorus.
“Love into the Light” is a quiet
ballad, too, until the chorus where it picks up energy and
percussion. Actually, it's the closest Ke$ha gets to Ellie's
Ke$ha's album ends in twelve tracks,
but Ellie's still has one more. “I Need Your Love” is a major
dance single and is better than most of the songs on Ke$ha's album.