By Tucker Warren–
Each song on Kesha’s latest album, “Rainbow,” feels like the moments after a storm. The tracks seem inspired by different emotional experiences from the artist’s life all of varying intensities. The album contains break up anthems like “Woman” with The Dap-Kings’ horn section, which give listeners a since of moving forward, as well as songs like the already widely loved single “Praying” which is a shameless display of humanity in the face of adversity.
This single, along with many other tracks on the album, subtly address the artists’ ongoing legal battles with her producer Dr. Luke. Kesha first began her legal battles for release from her contract with Dr. Luke at Kemosabe Records in 2014.
The artist claimed that the producer had been sexually and physically abusive for a large portion of her contract, which Kesha signed at 18 years old. The artist is still tied to Dr. Luke and thus a large portion of the new albums profits still go to him and his label.
This ongoing story speaks to the essence of the album. It is a collection of songs that let the listeners know what it feels like to survive storms. At the same time Kesha is letting her fans know that she’s surviving hers, no matter how long it lasts. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts on Aug. 11, 2017.