The Bottom Line
It is the Ke$ha formula delivered here with meaning, humor, and, dare we say, polish. She has four top 10 solo hits in the space of a year as well as being featured on another top 10. Judging by early sales, this looks like her next. There is nothing particularly original here musically, by Ke$ha's inspiration is solid, and she knows how to inspire a party and a crowd. It's time to simply give in and have fun along with Ke$ha.
- Uplifting message
- Seriously catchy party music
- Engaging humor
- Ke$ha formula music all the way
- Written by Kesha Sebert, Lukasz Gottwald, Benjamin Levin, and Joshua Coleman
- Produced by Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, and Ammo
- Released October 2010 by RCA
Guide Review - Ke$ha - "We R Who We R"
Ke$ha is working here again with the usual suspects. Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, and Ammo co-wrote as well as produced the song. That means this fits neatly in with Ke$ha's four previous top 10 smash hits. It is uptempo dance-pop with a trashy edge providing great Friday night party music. The difference here is there is a specific point to the song, and it is injected with genuine humor.
Ke$ha says she was inspired to write "We R Who We R" by news stories of a rash of suicides among gay youth. She told Rolling Stone, "I was really affected by the suicides that have been happening, having been subject to very public hatred [myself]. I have absolutely no idea how these kids felt. What I'm going through is nothing compared to what they had to go through. Just know things do get better and you need to celebrate who you are. Every weird thing about you is beautiful and makes life interesting. Hopefully the song really captures that emotion of celebrating who you are." The song includes the lines "You know we're superstars, we are who we are." She is following Lady Gaga and Pink by fully embracing those who may be weird, freaky, or quirky.
There is humor here as well. Only Ke$ha would really sing about looking "sick and sexy-fied," wearing hot pants in the club, and the extra credibility given by, "Jesus on my necklace." Ke$ha's sing-speak style is unlikely to ever win any vocal awards, but it is distinctive and works in the context of leading a party atmosphere. As a kick-off to Cannibal, a bonus end-of-the-year EP of sorts, "We R Who We R" is solid.