Kesha is a warrior... ironically, her sophomore record was title exactly that yet through the discourse of the record came an underlying theme of not-so-much-strength and a pain and sadness that was distorted with a party girl image and the use of autotune... a sort of ironic nod to Kanye's '80s and Heartbreak' could have been suggested where he stated that the use of autotune made it sound like he was literally heartbroken and with Kesha's career thus far, you can see the parallel... but now we start a new chapter. One with courage, strength and love... we cross over the rainbow from the dark and the gloomy... into the light.
Kesha has always been an imaginative writer and throughout her body of work... her strength as an author is evident. Her struggles in self love, romance and her career are hinted at... sure there are some legalities involved, but there's no named souls here... just some beautiful poetry... take the lead single 'Praying' for example, a moment that Kesha needed... on paper it's not the HIT that one would expect, nor if you sat someone down and said... Kesha, album three... single one... gospel ballad... but my God the song is beautiful. The heartbreak reeks through the track like very few do as Kesha mourns "I found a strength I'll never know" and the songs seemingly suggests her legal woes with Dr Luke... meerly suggestive though. The theme of finding love with one self is a big one on the record and it's fairly knew for the glorified party girl... tracks like 'Hymn' and 'Learn To Let Go' are braised with electrifying rock 'n' roll undertones and high-energy performance but are all about loving yourself when maybe no-one else will. It's a theme that Kesha has hinted about before with 'Animal' but it's much more evident here... opening track 'Bastards' feels like a sequel to her debut album title track as she encourages her listener to fight through the bullying and "don't let the basatds get you down."
If you come into the record looking for remains of the party girl, she is still here... but the party is less frat and more cocktails and dive bars... 'Let 'Em Talk' is super fun and dancey (in a rock 'n' roll sense) whereas 'Boogie Fest' feels like a sister / part II to 'Warrior's 'Only Wanna Dance With You' with it's kooky lyrics, kooky vocals, male guest and general sense of fun. Otherwise Kesha really has explored her country roots on the record... we see a duet with Dolly Parton (of a Dolly Parton classic) 'Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You' where the two songstresses harmonise with each other and sing about old lovers... 'Hunt You Down' sees Kesha threatening her lover "if you fuck around boy I'll hunt you down" whilst yodaling throughout the track... what a gal... 'Finding You' is a much softer, Country-esque track which sees Kesha promising her lover that she'll keep finding him even in the next life. CUTE. Closing track 'Spaceship' sees Kesha go full on country and the track is pretty sweet but becomes quite eery towards the end as she ends on this beautiful monologue and turns from this Country record to something you would expect from The Flaming Lips...
Our fave track on the record has got to be 'Godzilla.' It's very singer-songwriter and it's very very different for Kesha... There are quite a few bits of imagery that come with Godzilla... is the guy tall? Does he have a bad reputation? Why is everyone screaming from him? Whatever the reason... Kesha loves him.
'Rainbow' is evidently an incredibly personal record to Kesha and even on the title track she pleas to her listener "our scars makes us who we are" and on the theme of empowerment, this track really hits the nail on the head. It's a little bit slower but it's absolutely beautiful and a real reminder to remain true to yourself and be who you are.