Not knowing when Kesha would release new music again, animals were left to play her most recent 2012 album “Warrior” on repeat. After many battles in court with her longtime producer Dr. Luke, who Kesha has accused of sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse, a new album “Rainbow” finally dropped on August 11.
In order to avoid Dr. Luke, former CEO of Kemosabe records, as best as she could, Kesha did not work collaboratively with Dr. Luke but instead worked with other producers while he approved the music. Kesha still has to produce two more albums with Kemosabe Records until the contract is over.
“Praying” was the first single released off of “Rainbow,” a 14-track album. The piano ballad has emotional lyrics about finding strength after abuse and gives many listeners chills. The song features Kesha’s raw talent throughout and she hits an impressive high note after the bridge.
Kesha’s second single “Woman” featuring The Dap King Horns has fun and catchy lyrics that her animals have become accustomed to and acts as an anthem for women.
“I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, alright. I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight,” she sings in the chorus.
In an exclusive Rolling Stone essay about the song, Kesha writes, “It was such a beautiful experience to write such a strong female empowerment song with two men, Drew Pearson and Stephen Wrabel, because it reinforces how supportive men can be of women AND feminism.”
The album opens with “Bastards,”a tame, slow-sounding song with untame lyrics about not letting the assholes in life win. The song introduces the fact that this album is a result of all the hardship Kesha has dealt with for the past three years. Her life was all over the place and so is this album, so it’s not exactly the classic Kesha people were used to with past albums “Animal,” “Cannibal” and “Warrior.”
Mixed in with the pure pop songs are “Let ‘Em Talk” featuring Eagles of Death Metal, which gives a punk/rock n roll vibe while “Hunt You Down” and “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You)” featuring Dolly Parton and is full of country tunes. “Old Flames” was actually written by Parton and Kesha’s mom, Patricia Sebert, in 1978.
Despite not quite sounding like a cohesive album, it shows off Kesha’s range of what she can do and is held together with cohesive messages. Kesha is learning to move on from her past in “Learn to Let Go,” “Rainbow,” and many other songs throughout the album.
“The past can’t haunt me if I don’t let it. Live and learn and never forget it,” she sings in “Rainbow’s” third single, “Learn to Let Go.”
She’s also looking on the bright side in life in “Boogie Feat,” another song featuring Eagles of Death Metal, and “Boots.”
“I’m walking on air, kickin’ my blues,” sings Kesha in “Boots.”
Overall, Kesha has made quite a comeback on “Rainbow” with new sounds and bold, inspiring lyrics.
Her “Rainbow” tour kicks off Aug. 19 through Nov. 1 with many locations already sold out of tickets. Find all her tour dates at Kesha Official.