Album Review: Rainbow

Elise Sickinger, Backpage Editor

Struggle isn’t unique. Everyone deals with their own issues personally, but it is when one goes through a crisis that it is truly brave to put one’s suffering out in the open. Rainbow, Kesha’s most recent studio album, is a collection of powerful songs that illustrate how she overcame her endeavors. Rainbow is monumental for Kesha‒not just because it highlights how she overcame physical and emotional abuse‒but because it marks a clear turning point in her sound. Gone are the overly-used electronic pulses and repetitive lyrics that were associated with Kesha’s music. Her new album is incredibly diverse in tone, with songs ranging from bass-heavy dance beats like Boogie Feet, to slow, soulful ballads like Praying; the lack of autotune allows for Kesha’s voice to shine through in all its glory. Not only that, but the subjects of her songs go deeper than they ever have before‒her lyrics bring up important topics such as self-love and feminism. Her struggle is relatable to women throughout the world, and she harnessed it to make music that speaks to them. The contrast between Kesha’s old and new music is one that should not necessarily be celebrated, but greatly appreciated. Rainbow is Kesha’s unapologetic resurgence to music. It has allowed her to talk about her identity as a woman, a victim of abuse, and an artist. It shows how we should love all women because of their pasts, and not despite them.