Kesha is undeniable proof that, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.
Kesha’s album, Rainbow, was released a few weeks ago and I’m still trying to find the proper words to describe it. My co-workers can attest to the fact that I refused to discuss anything else on the day that it dropped and yet, “Powerful” just doesn’t seem like a big enough word for this album.
The album opens with: “I got too many people (da da da da) I got left to prove wrong/All those motherfuckers (da da da da) been too mean for too long” and it immediately becomes apparent that this album is about persevering despite the adversity. “Bastards” is the perfect opener for Rainbow and the acoustic vibe provides a nice base for the rest of the album. I will say, if you finish the song thinking that you know what you’re in for, “Let ‘Em Talk” will surprise you while it gets you on your feet. The party continues with “Woman” and by then you should know that this album follows no rules and the listening experience is better for it. The influences range from “Blues” to “Country” to “Rock N’ Roll” and every song is unexpected, yet completely needed.
I don’t care how many times I hear it, “Praying” still brings tears to my eyes and a chill down my spine. Kesha transformed her emotion into a masterpiece and this powerful ballad is here to prove it. Though the sound of the entire album is eclectic, this song is a true and undeniable stand-out; it doesn’t get lost within the shuffle and it always jumps out and grabs your heartstrings with her powerful vocals.
This entire album is full of lyrics that I want to tattoo all over my body but “Rainbow” wins when it comes to the lyrically-strongest song. As much as I’d like to copy and past the entire song on here, I’ll share with you just a small section from the song, “Yeah, maybe my head’s fucked up/But I’m falling right back in love with being alive/Dreaming in light, light, lights/This kitty cat lost her mind/Been looking for a star-sent sign that I’ll be alright/Look to the skies”. I have never heard anyone so eloquently discuss falling in love with being alive before and since I used to be a teen who suffered from suicidal tendencies I will say it loud and clear: this song will save lives. “Trust me, I know, life is scary/But just put those colors on, girl/Come and play along with me tonight”.
Ok I know that many, many songs have been written about on this site and on more than one occasion has a song been called my own personal anthem but I truly think “Hunt You Down” wins that accolade. Now if you’re currently dating me, please avert your eyes; but never have I ever related to a song more: “I’ve never hurt nobody, never buried a body/Never killed no one, no, no/I ain’t afraid to get a little crazy/Baby, when I’m in love/You say you’ve had your fun/And that you’re done and I’m the one/Just know that if you fuck around/Boy, I’ll hunt you down“. Aside from the catchy (and threatening) lyrics, the heavy Country music influence makes this a fun, sing-in-your-car-with-your-girlfriends kind of song.
Kesha gets you on your feet with “Boogie Feet” and “Boots” while she forces you to feel with “Old Flames (Can’t Hold A Candle To You)” which features Dolly Parton. Rainbow as a whole is a strong album, it has something for every kind of listener, though I must admit that it lost me with the last two songs. “Godzilla” and “Spaceship” are the two songs that take a moment to grow on you, though I skipped past them the first couple of times I’m now finding myself searching for them when I press shuffle.
Her commitment to this album is showcased within the strong vocals and the emotionally-heavy songs. Her heart is within each track and even when she has you dancing, it’s only a matter of time before she makes you realize that you’re getting emotional over the next song. Kesha’s legal and emotional battles have been unnecessarily public and yet she found a way to be even more vulnerable with this album. She has taken her pain and she is using it to heal the world and we, as her fans, are so much better for it. Rainbow is Kesha’s best work yet and I have a feeling that she’s just getting started. I can’t wait to see what else she creates. xx