Or, at least, an old version of herself. In , Kesha accused the formerly ubiquitous pop mogul of sexual and emotional abuse, allegations he has denied. He then countersued her for defamation and breach of contract. As a result, her last album, the cathartic Rainbow , traded electro-pop bangers for glitter-strewn glam rock, inspirational ballads and duets with Dolly Parton. But there is a powerful frivolity to much of it, and a feeling of mature hedonism. Was he right in front of me at the dive bar? Was that you with the cowboy blues?
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Kesha's fourth album, High Road , struggles to find something interesting about her new flask-toting flower child persona. There was a bizarre promise at the center of the promotional cycle for Kesha's fourth studio album, High Road : Kesha-- the glitter-spewing, perennially horny and intoxicated, oral hygienist Kesha -- is officially "fun again". It's a strange proposition because it hinges on a fundamental mischaracterization of both the singer as well as 's Rainbow ; that it was a serious album, dedicated to airing the grievances of Kesha's long legal battle with former collaborator Dr. Outside of that album's centerpiece, "Praying", and a handful of mostly vague self-discovery slow burners, Rainbow was above all a reclamation of Kesha's power to create fun in a way that was uniquely her own.
High Road is the fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Kesha. Announced in late , the album saw the singer once again taking over the role of sole executive producer , following Rainbow She collaborated with various songwriters and record producers to achieve her desired sonority, combining elements of her career beginnings and Rainbow. Musically, it is primarily a pop , country and classic rock record, although it encompasses a variety of genres, including dance-pop , hip hop , electronic and gospel. High Road was met with mostly positive reviews from music critics. The singer's reapproach of her partying personality was targeted by both positive and negative evaluations.
After a few bars of tinkling piano balladry, the pop star drops a low-riding bassline and launches into the bratty style of rap-lite that made her famous in recall her debut single Tik Tok , when she announced that she brushes her teeth with Jack Daniels. Things changed in , when she filed a lawsuit against her former manager and producer, Dr Luke, AKA Lukasz Gottwald, accusing him of emotional and sexual abuse. In the wake of this very public trauma, she dropped the dollar sign from her name and released her heartfelt third album Rainbow , performing the wrenching ballad Praying in tears at the Grammys in Now, Kesha is reconnecting with her former self. Highlights include the ostentatious bounce of Raising Hell, featuring Big Freedia, and the chattering samples that make Honey feel like a rowdy, spontaneous bar singalong. On a long tracklist, there are downbeat detours, such as the syrupy duet BFF, and a couple of straightforwardly silly cuts that go for more theatrics than substance Potato Song; Birthday Suit. But those who make it to the final song are rewarded with a rousing country gem: Chasing Thunder, a distillation of the earnest, gravelly voice that made Kesha a star.