Kesha has always been a sort of underdog in the world of pop. Many wouldn't have been her a second thought beyond something dirty (the word is used in every context you can think of) until her recent struggles with producer Dr. Luke. after years of turmoil, Kesha bounces back in her confident new album Rainbow and she bashes the past and marches into the future.
Throughout Rainbow is a overbearing sense of being lifted up. All the struggles and pain Kesha went through are turned into power on Rainbow, as she sings on tracks like 'Hymn.' The sweet and dreamy atmosphere really makes you feel comfortable in your own skin, any feelings of uncertainty you have being given a reassurance. 'Praying' follows up on a much more personal note, Kesha emotionally singing about her feud with Dr. Luke. She sings about becoming stronger in the face of her tragedy, the pre-chorus chanting "’Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell / I had to learn how to fight for myself / And we both know all the truth I could tell / I'll just say this is I wish you farewell," before the chorus comes in to wish him off on a better course: "I hope you're somewhere prayin’, prayin' / I hope your soul is changin', changin' / I hope you find your peace / Falling on your knees, prayin'." The song slowly builds up and up into something huge and powerful, becoming the main centerpiece of the album.
Kesha takes lots of risks on Rainbow, all of which pay off for the most part. Eagles Of Death Metal feature on two songs, the first being the punchy and upbeat 'Let 'Em Talk' and the unsettling-but-with-good-intentions 'Boogie Feet.' She doesn't tread away from her signature risqué sound, opening track 'Bastards' being a good example. It sends a good message but with some unnecessary profanity next to it. Her dark pop sound really finds its home in 'Boots,' a great song with a strong sound. Country vibes take over on songs like 'Hunt You Down' and 'Old Flames (Can't Put A Handle On You)' featuring Dolly Parton. The end of the album ends up being a tad disappointing, 'Godzilla' being entirely just weird and 'Spaceship' leaving the album off on an unfulfilling note where songs like 'Rainbow' and 'Woman' really made the album feel full with power and a forward moving attitude.
Kesha bounces back in her confident new album Rainbow and it feels like a step in the right direction for her, especially in a mental sense. She's been through a lot of suffering in the last few years and Rainbow is her confident return, saying that what happened will not get the best of her. She will grow and become stronger and prove that she is a stronger and better person than before.
Favorite Tracks: Praying, Rainbow, Boots
Least Favorite Track: Godzilla
Rating: 77 / 100
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