I reviewed this from the version on kesha
's album 'Cannibal'. The CD liner
notes give the following credits:
Written by kesha
Joshua Coleman, Lukasz Gottwald, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Benjamin Levin.
Dr Luke, Benny Blanco, Ammo.
Engineered by Emily Wright, Chris 'TEK' O'Ryan, Sam
Mixed by Serban Ghenea, John Hanes.
Mastered by Chris Gehringer.
Just gave myself another blast of that verse-two drop, and it is great! On the
face of it, it seems absurdly simple, but inspecting it a bit more closely, the thing that
really lifts it out of the ordinary for me is the little vinyl-drag and reverse-reverb
transition effects that glue the hits together before the drums re-enter properly for
"serious" at 1:16. It's little touches like that which really help keep the momentum going
in a production like this.
It's also worth pointing out that although the
snare hits for the first time in that verse to create an accent at 1:15, it's taken back
out again so that it can add another slight arrangement lift when it shows up again with
"talking true" at 1:20. This is something I notice a lot in the kinds of productions
Serban Ghenea mixes: although they can seem very simple on first listen, there are masses
of subtle arrangement adjustments going on all the time.
Check out Katy
Perry's 'Teenage Dream' for another great example of this -- if you're anything like me,
you probably remember that song as being very simple, but it's extraordinarily detailed
when you actually focus in on it, which is one of the reasons I think it bears repeated
listening. If you're not allergic to Katy Perry, that is.
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Edited by Jennifer Jones (25/07/11 10:27 AM)