By Cori Rosen
The hit single, which is currently dancing in the number two slot on iTunes “Top Singles” chart, truly jumps on the YOLO bandwagon. Right when I read the title of this song, I knew it was destined to reiterate the cliché of doing stupid shit and blaming it on being young.
This single doesn’t really distinguish her upcoming album as anything surprising for 25-year-old Ke$ha. It possesses the same formula that many of her other songs abide by. Initially Ke$ha deceives her listeners by beginning the song with the strums of a guitar, and by actually singing. But a slow build eerily echoes in the background of the song and soon enough (a.k.a. about 37 seconds in), “Die Young” succumbs to dirty electropop with a blaring beat and Ke$ha’s signature rap-talk-sing shit.
The lyrics are fun and upbeat — definitely great to pregame to, but she does little to distance herself from her “TiK ToK” legacy and doesn’t come close to topping “Crazy Beautiful Life.” “Die Young” still contains of all her usual sleaziness.
What is shocking about Ke$ha’s new track is that she co-wrote it with fun. frontman Nate Ruess, who topped the charts this year with “We Are Young.” Ke$ha’s sound completely differs from anything resembling fun., so it is surprising that these two songwriters worked together on this project.
Bottom line: “Die Young” is really catchy, but we’ve heard it all before.