Ke$ha, "Cannibal"

Album Review
3.5

One thing's for sure: Ke$ha knows the score. "Guess it worked out/Got here by runnin' my mouth," she declares on "Crazy Beautiful Life," one of nine tracks on the follow-up to her No. 1-debuting 2010 album, "Animal." The Cali-bred Ke$ha's tonsils go full tilt on "Cannibal," riding a wave of synthesizers, electro grooves and club beats as she dishes out disses ("Sleazy," "Grow a Pear"). The singer also warns potential suitors about her carnivorous proclivities on the tongue-in-cheek title track and advocates getting "hot and dangerous" on the dancefloor (the chart-topping first single "We R Who We R," the aforementioned "Crazy Beautiful Life"). And for a few surprisingly tender moments during "The Harold Song" and "C U Next Tuesday" she laments lost and unrequited loves. This adjunct to "Animal" is unapologetically escapist and highly programmed fun. But the addition of producer Bangladesh for the martial "Sleazy" lets Ke$ha sink her teeth into some fresh flavors on "Cannibal," which will certainly enhance her "Animal" attraction.-