I’ve been a fan of Kesha’s since I stumbled across her about three years ago. Yeah, I was a little late to the party, but no less a fan. I found her when I was in a musical rut and she popped up on spotify somehow – probably in a hipper person’s playlist – and I’ve loved her ever since. Her bouncy rhythms and kickass lyrics and unapologetic sexuality are awesome and I frequently leave her on repeat for hours at a time, especially while writing.
My admiration for her as a person grew exponentially during that awful-excuse-for-a-human producer court travesty. She stood up for herself, even though it didn’t go the way she wanted it to or how it should’ve.
And now her latest release: Rainbow.
There is so much of Kesha in this release from the personal anthem “Bastards” that’s clearly talking about her experience as a woman under someone else’s thumb to the silly “Godzilla” which is a bit of wonderful nonsense. She tries out a variety of styles from country to pop to anthem and there’s something for everyone, but why choose just one?
Bastards – stirring, if gentle, encouragement for those in difficult situations as well as her own history
Let ‘Em Talk – a screw you to authority
Woman – pure fun and an instant chair-boogie/dance classic
Hymn – anthem for anyone who’s ever felt like they don’t belong
Praying – unadulterated talent and pure heart
Learn to Let Go – a positive “lessons-learned” type of song
Finding You – a different kind of lovesong
Rainbow – definitely about self-discovery and another anthem about encouraging those who aren’t doing well
Hunt You Down – Hi-larious! And country, go figure. It totally works though
Boogie Feet – Get up and dance people!
Boots – All around awesome, slightly country
Old Flames (Can’t Hold A Candle To You) – Old-school country. As in, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton (and who knows who else) sings this one. And Dolly, btw, sings on this one with Kesha. It’s absolutely an outstanding track.
Godzilla – A wonderful bit of nonsense.
Spaceship – I’m gonna go with her being high when she wrote this one. High, or in deep meditation, because it’s both deep and out-there at once.
My only real complaint about Rainbow is there aren’t enough tracks on it! Now that I’ve had a glimpse of Kesha-as-artist, instead of Kesha-as-popstar, I definitely want more.