Kesha, free at last, shines brighter than ever on 'Rainbow'

Kesha, "Rainbow" (RCA Records)

There's a beautiful way that Kesha delivers the screeching high note near the end of "Praying," the first single from her first album in five years, "Rainbow."

It's not technically perfect, but musically, it's flawless. This is freedom.

The touching piano song — with lyrics like "no more monsters, I can breathe again" — showcases a newer, stronger Kesha. Though she has been singing for years, she is now truly saying something.

"Rainbow" is the 30-year-old's first time creating music commercially without her former collaborator and mentee, Dr. Luke. Since 2010, they have made countless Top 10 hits, from "TiK ToK" to "We R Who We R," and also co-wrote songs together for Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. Before that, Kesha sang background on tracks Dr. Luke produced for other artists.

The two have been at war, though, since Kesha claimed the producer drugged, sexually abused and psychologically tormented her. Dr. Luke is denying the allegations.

Some of the new songs, like "Praying" and opener "Bastards," could be directed at Dr. Luke, but the album is more about Kesha, and her growth. Producers on "Rainbow" include Ricky Reed, Andrew Pearson and Ryan Lewis (from the rap duo with Macklemore).

"Hymn," co-written with her mother Pebe Sebert, is irresistible and anthemic; "Learn to Let Go" is upbeat and punchy; and "Woman," featuring The Dap-Kings Horns, is empowering and bouncy. The silly Kesha, who joked about brushing her teeth in Jack Daniels, is still here, too, though the gimmick is gone. Overall, Kesha glows, and "Rainbow" is radiant.

Related News

UK broadcaster defends plan to air Princess Diana recordings

Jul 31, 2017

A British television channel has defended its decision to broadcast recordings of Princess Diana candidly discussing her personal life, after some royal watchers called it a betrayal of the late princess' privacy

'La La Land' continues dance to the Oscars with DGA win

Feb 5, 2017

"La La Land" director Damien Chazelle has waltzed off with the top honor at the Directors Guild of America Awards held Saturday in Beverly Hills

Pioneering TV actress Mary Tyler Moore dies at 80

Jan 26, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV's beloved "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, died Wednesday, said her publicist, Mara Buxbaum

You may also like these

UK broadcaster defends plan to air Princess Diana recordings

Jul 31, 2017

A British television channel has defended its decision to broadcast recordings of Princess Diana candidly discussing her personal life, after some royal watchers called it a betrayal of the late princess' privacy

'La La Land' continues dance to the Oscars with DGA win

Feb 5, 2017

"La La Land" director Damien Chazelle has waltzed off with the top honor at the Directors Guild of America Awards held Saturday in Beverly Hills

Pioneering TV actress Mary Tyler Moore dies at 80

Jan 26, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV's beloved "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, died Wednesday, said her publicist, Mara Buxbaum

There are so many celebrities out there, but who’s the real Diva? Discover more on your favorite celebrities and get closer to them only here in The Diva Today

Contact us: sales@thedivatoday.com

Celebrity Paparazzi Movies Music Television Programs Variety Shows Press