I reviewed this from the version on Kesha's album 'Cannibal'. The CD liner notes give the
Written by Kesha Sebert, Joshua Coleman, Lukasz Gottwald,
Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Benjamin Levin.
Produced by Dr Luke, Benny Blanco, Ammo.
Engineered by Emily Wright, Chris 'TEK' O'Ryan, Sam Holland.
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
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)