By Kyle Anderson
November 14, 2012 at 09:13 PM EST

The big secret about Ke$ha is that, despite her potty mouth and all glitter everything, she’s actually an accomplished musician. Remember her Bob Dylan cover that was way, way better than it had any right to be?

So it shouldn’t be surprising that the just-released “deconstructed” version of Ke$ha’s current top 10 single “Die Young” is actually kind of lovely and sweet. Buoyed by little more than some organ hums and her surprising vulnerability, Ke$ha drives home the fact that “Die Young” is driven not by gimmicks but by melody. Give it a listen below.

“Die Young” is the first single from Ke$ha’s second album Warrior, which hits stores on December 4. The deconstructed version of “Die Young” appears on an EP called Deconstructed, available at Ke$ha’s music store.


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