A while ago a recording of the Ke-dollar sign-ha singing without autotune emerged on the net and it was excruciating. I’m serious. It was enough to make me wish that I was born without ears. Normally you would think this is hyperbole, but in this instance it was very accurate. My ears were pained by hearing it. If you dare, you should click on the link above and find out for yourself what that sounds like. If you are wise, you will read on and learn that the ear-bleeding was only a lead-in to a more interesting story.
Back when musicians wrote their own music and played them on these things called instruments, there was a guy named Ben Folds. He had a band of five people for a while and then he was just himself with some other guys. Either way you heard his music it was pretty damn good. It was a great mix of rock and emotion that you could connect with instantly. So what does this talented man from North Carolina have in common with the one who makes Britney Spears look like Shakespeare? Well Mr. Folds and friends did a cover of Ke$ha’s song “Sleazy.” It is a vast improvement over the original. Why? Because it has actual human vocals without technology coming between the vocal cords and the ear. They even incorporate more electronic/pop sounds to achieve a similar affect to Ke$ha’s version. Take a look.
So what does this mean? To me it seems that while Ke$ha doesn’t have the vocal chops to make it, she just might be a damn good songwriter. Sure the music is earwormy pop, but sometimes that is the best possible music out there. And her music doesn’t make me want to vomit like Diane Warren’s “pop” songs do. I’m glad my own harsh judgments about the ear-bleeding inducing one didn’t prevent me from listening to her music as performed by someone else. I just hope that more artists take up the mantle and make her music easier to listen to.