The Problem With... Ke$ha's "Blow"

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I didn't think I'd have to review another


track this year. I kinda thought the industry and fans would be done with her by now.

When I saw a new track "Blow" on the charts back in February, I didn't want to hasten the day. Then, it finally hit me: K-dog is arch-villain of The Problem With...

You see, Ke$ha is like a musical Joker, a sadistic malcontent who wants to destroy music and "blow up" stuff just for kicks. In retrospect, I should have seen the signs in last year's single "We R Who We R." If you listen closely, you might hear a line "Wanna know how I got these scars, scars, scars..."

Do you know what this means? It means I have to be Batman, and I'm gonna have to check Ke$ha tracks forever.

Because, I may not be the critic this world needs, but I'm the one it deserves -- a skulking, growling dude on the side of justice and good music.

But back to Ke$ha: A laundry list of producers and writers contributed to K-dog's latest track "Blow." You would think too many chefs would "overdo" it, but "Blow" sounds half-completed. In other words, typical Keh Dollar-sign Ha. We get a synth lead that sounds a bit like Benni Bessasi's "Satisfaction." And the lyrics are as vain and careless as ever. K-dog's destructive agenda has never been as clear as the line "drink that kool-aid/ follow my lead." What's more, with all her talk of shutting down DJs and blowing up the place, it's like she's telling us that she's become the real-life Joker.

The video itself cribs a bit from Gaga's "Born This Way," with all its unicorns and bright colors. During the video, K-dog and "James Van Der Douche" exchange the lousiest insults since middle school -- some talk about cheese and a rainbow-laser firefight follows the childish spat.

Rainbow-lasers! What does this even mean mean? Check that -- I don't think K-dog was actually thinking that far ahead.

This song just blows.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna put on a bat suit and growl about justice.

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