‘Rainbow,’ the highly anticipated comeback album from pop artist Kesha, is our pick for the album U Should Buy on Friday, August 11, 2017.
The second week of August 2017 is upon us. Unfortunately, much like week one, musically speaking, it’s low-key. There is one inescapable, big-name release, courtesy of Kesha. The one album U Should Buy on Friday, August 11, 2017 is Rainbow. It’s by far the biggest album arriving that day.
Since 2012, pop singer Kesha has been on the struggle bus. After a promising start to her career, numerous issues slowed curbed the momentum. Now, at age 30, the former “Tik Tok” singer looks to rebuild her career. Rainbow, her third studio album and first in five years, serves as her highly-anticipated, comeback album. Comprised of 14 songs, four singles were issued ahead of the album: “Praying,” “Woman,” “Learn to Let Go,” and “Hymn.” Featured guests include The Dap-Kings Horns, Eagles of Death Metal, and Dolly Parton.
Kesha gave us all chills on “Praying,” the promo single for Rainbow. “Praying” is clearly a departure for Kesha – a stark contrast from her past work. A ballad, it’s clear from the jump she’s aiming for empowerment for herself, and others who’ve been in an unfortunate situation. By the end of the song, the powerhouse vocals are mind-blowing. Where has she been hiding this? The most surprising moment is when she nails a high F that no one – NO ONE – thought she could hit.
On “Woman,” Kesha enlists The Dap-Kings Horns to construct a soulful backdrop for her empowering, feminist vocals. Given the unfortunate series of events that Kesha has been part of, this song seems like the perfect complement. Vocally, she continues to do things that we didn’t think she could do. The biggest offense is the profanity, which seems counterproductive given her message.
“Learn to Let Go,” the third single from Rainbow, continues to showcase newfound maturity from Kesha. She reflects on the past, but arrives at the point that she must move forward in order to heal. Being an encourager to others, she realizes she needs to embrace her own advice for herself.
“Hymn” fits right into the uplifting, empowering, and all-inclusive nature of Rainbow. Here, she’s recorded a “hymn for the hymn-less.” The tempo is on the slower, while the sound of the record has some urban-pop touches. All in all, it’s well produced. The chorus ranks among the selling points.
Other New Music Releases:
In addition to Rainbow, numerous other releases arrive beginning August 11, 2017. The titles in boldface were covered in more depth in The Musical Hype article, Music Shopping List | Kesha Returns With ‘Rainbow’, published on August 7.
Avicii, AVĪCI (01) – EP; Bebe Rexha, All Your Fault: Pt. 2 – EP; Lindsay Ell, The Project; Lil Peep, Come over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1; Moneybagg Yo, Federal 3X; Jesus Culture, Love Has a Name; Sean Price, Imperius Rex (available 8.8.17); dodie, You – EP; David Rawlings, Poor David’s Almanack; Bomba Estéro, Ayo; Casee Allen, Double You