Artwork by Carlos Gzz
They say there is always a rainbow after the storm, and no truer words can be spoken about Kesha’s grand return. On Rainbow, Kesha kisses the autotuned-trope of her previous albums goodbye and welcomes a comeback worthy of deeming her greatest work yet.
Following a five year drought of new music due to a legal battle with producer and collaborator Dr. Luke, whom the singer has accused of sexual and verbal abuse, Kesha’s return was anticipated arguably more than any other pop release in recent years.
Her debut single “Praying” showed, to many, the true depth of the pop star who once sang the words “Woke up in the morning feeling like P Diddy.” Rainbow not only brings Kesha’s true talents to light, it showcases her return to her Nashville roots while staying true to the rocker-glam her Animals have come to admire.
The album opens with the folky anthem “Bastards” as she proclaims “Don’t let the Bastards bring you down, don’t let the assholes wear you out.” The opening track is only a stepping stone for the rest of the records as the tempos pick up and drop like the sun and moon. “Learn To Let Go” and ” Hunt You Down” will make you pack your glitter and dance, while songs like the sweet-hearted “Godzilla” and corny “Spaceship” will take you back to an easy sway that Kesha fans haven’t been used to since her fan-favorite Cannibal track, “The Harold Song” in 2010.
Among the notable tracks on Rainbow are the singles “Praying” and “Hymm,” but the true country charm of “Old Flames (Can’t Hold A Candle To You)” featuring Dolly Parton really brings the character of Rainbow to life. With pop stars like Lady Gaga (Joanne) and Miley Cyrus (Younger Now) both leading the way into a stripped down year of pop music, Kesha is going to shine. To join a trend and be completely unique is a mark of artistry for the singer.
Overall, the third studio album from the singer is a stray from what fans might expect, and some may be pleasantly surprised. The album sounds honest and raw while staying true to her carefree spirit. With such a long journey ahead of her, Rainbow is a win in my book. A win that will give her the courage to fight on and empower her fans.Published in