After a long, tumultuous 5 years since her album Warrior was released, Kesha has finally set the stage for her comeback to the music industry. With the upcoming release of Rainbow on August 11, 2017, Kesha will mark a significant turning point in her recent career, which has been plagued by eating disorders, contract disputes, and the horrific ongoing ordeal with Dr Luke. Keshas comeback is set to be a powerful one, as she simultaneously tackles her past and pushes forward to redefine her own future.
Already released off the upcoming album are music videos for the songs Praying and Woman. The release of Praying is especially important because it immediately addresses the extreme lengths Kesha has had to go to get back to this point in her career, the most of which was the insecurity she felt after being sexually abused by Dr Luke. The song highlights Keshas new attitude, which harnesses the pain of her recent career and turns it into her motivation to push forward in a powerful way:
As Praying addresses her past, the single Woman pushes Keshas new voice further. Woman is about Kesha embracing her ability to influence people and to reach for new goals, instead of being intimidated by those already above her. In her essay describing the songs influences, released on , Kesha describes her desire for the song to have a unique, organic, and raw sound that does away with the flashy lyrics and gimmicks of the pop music world. Like the lyrics and meaning of this song, Keshas musical style on this song no longer copies those above her, but embraces its own uniqueness.
The Rainbow release also carries other significant meaning. It will be Keshas first full length studio album since changing her name from Ke$ha in 2014. The dropping of the $ shows a complete change in Keshas identity as an artist. Maturing from her once corny use of autotune, the name change signifies Kesha learning to embrace her own identity and accepting who she is as a person. Like the somber lyrics and tone of Praying, the Rainbow album reflects the new attitude Kesha has taken towards embracing this identity.
For more on Keshas journey, check out her interview with VICELAND: