Al­bums

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - — Gra­ham Am­brose

Kesha, “Rain­bow”

Kesha’s new­est re­lease comes af­ter a caus­tic le­gal war against her former pro­ducer, Dr. Luke, spawned by al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault. From her fa­mil­iar EDM-in­flu­enced bangers, “Rain­bow” de­parts to­ward a richer emo­tional trans­parency that will im­press fans and crit­ics alike. Take the lead single, “Pray­ing,” in which Kesha bids a thank­ful farewell to the fig­ure who wronged her. The al­bum’s 14 tracks toy with a mo­saic of gen­res, from glam to coun­try rock, that all amount to vari­a­tions on the same theme: mov­ing on. Its peak comes on “Woman,” a fem­i­nist an­them that ex­tols in­de­pen­dence from men with de­fi­ant vim. The con­vinc­ing if re­dun­dant “Rain­bow” is at once an epi­logue to hor­rors past and an over­ture to re-found free­dom. Like a rain­bow af­ter a storm, its vi­brant tech­ni­color might well sig­nal hope for young women ev­ery­where strug­gling with trauma and iden­tity.

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