Written By: Kayleigh King
Originality: (5 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5 / 5) Lyrics: (5 / 5) Production: (5 / 5) Average: (5 / 5)
There are a few cliché phrases that spring to mind right now, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” and “You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone”. And I can think of in reply is… thank fuck Kesha is back! I will swiftly apologize for my language, but I don’t actually mean it.
I was so excited when I heard that Kesha was dropping a new album, I have been craving new music from her for so long. But with this excitement came some apprehension. What if it wasn’t what I was expecting? Which now that I think about it is an incredibly selfish opinion, and I should’ve known better because bottom line? This is Kesha.
Let’s start with the track ‘Woman’. I have written before that woman get a lot of criticism about coming across as angry in their music, and ‘Woman’ has an undertone of anger but I doubt there is any criticism anywhere, and if there is it is ridiculous. It has a slight country tone with a jazz backing that bolsters a completely unapologetic missive of her identity. It’s fun and manages to be completely different to what I was expecting, yet instantly recognizable as Kesha at the same time. Her vocal talent shines through at every opportunity.
‘Hymn’ is a perfect song for the times. The laid back track is as described, a hymn for the hymn-less. It’s a refuge for those of us that fit in, who don’t necessarily feel pulled to a certain religion or side, but have direction anyway.
‘Praying’ is stunning. And if you can, listen to it while you watch the video as it adds a magical dimension. The vocals are magnificent, there are no words to describe. The vocals over a simple piano are so powerful in their simplicity. The lyrics are incredibly moving, showing a strength and maturity that is apparent through every track and facet of this album. The strength is there, but not as a shield or a barrier as she showcases her weakness and pain too. The track is beautiful and showcases a level of Kesha’s vocal talent that we haven’t heard yet.
A very poignant track is ‘Learn to let go’. The track is again a song of such strength, as Kesha sings of letting go to the ties of things that have hurt her. It’s an incredibly mature offering and the music is beautiful. The video is amazing, intercutting childhood footage into a stellar video concept truly shows you where Kesha is in her life right now.
I have saved the title track for last. It is of course called ‘Rainbow’. A rainbow is universally know by many people of a symbol of joy, magic and family. This song is the musical equivalent and I am not ashamed to say it made me smile, even as I teared up a little. This song is a beacon of hope and I love it. Trying to say any more about it would be trite. Please just listen to it, especially if you are ever feeling down.
There are no weak tracks at all on this album which is incredibly rare. I eagerly await the arrival of more music videos as they are so beautiful and fit in seamlessly with with the art she is creating. I truly believe that this album is many things; a message of love and acceptance, a call to arms, a warm blanket, a middle finger and a new chapter for Kesha. She is back and she is free.