Ray of light
Californian pop hero Kesha returns with a defiant country and garage rock-tinged triumph
Rainbow ★★★★ three years ago Kesha rose sebert found herself at the centre of one the biggest legal battles in recent pop history. the
Californian singer-songwriter alleged that Dr Luke, the producer who signed her at 18, had subjected her to “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault”.
Fans protested to ‘Free Kesha’, calling for her to be freed from her contract so she could make music elsewhere. In turn, Dr Luke – not a real doctor – countersued for defamation. Last year, after a judge threw out her abuse claims against Dr Luke, Kesha dropped her case, but on ‘rainbow’ – her first album since 2012’s ‘Warrior’ – the effects of the highly publicised lawsuit ring loud.
“the reason I wanted to name this record ‘rainbow’ is because I kind of associate healing with going back to my childlike mind, before I got all twisted and turned and beaten and heartbroken and all those things,” she said in a recent interview. the cathartic nature of the album is clearest on the emotive piano and string-laden ballad ‘Praying’, a forceful Lady-gaga-worthy