Stars: ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
On Kesha’s new album track ‘Shadow’ she sings, “And I love singing “fuck” in all my songs / ‘Cause the only people who got time to get offended are the ones who’ve probably never gotten off.” This is the tone of the album; victorious. It’s clear that Kesha’s had a tough few years but with High Road – released in January 2020 – she’s bouncing back stronger. The tracks range from the upbeat ‘My Own Dance’ and ‘Raising Hell’ to the more soulful and thoughtful ‘Cowboy Blues’ and ‘Father Daughter Dance’.
The standout track, for me at least, is ‘Resentment’ which features Brian Wilson, Sturgill Simpson, and Wrabel. Listening to it is painful, as it reminds me not so much of something I would ever sing but of how my ex-fiancé might have felt before he left me a few years ago. At the risk of just writing down the entire song the second verse always makes me feel a bit tearful. It goes, “I know you better than you know yourself / And there’s a part of you that you won’t help / You say you can do it, just do it, just do it for my sake / It’s a shame knowing we could be good / That you could treat me better if you really wanted to / And if you can’t do it for my sake, then do it for our sake.”
The weakest track is probably ‘Kinky’, which is pretty skippable. Otherwise this is a solid album and a welcome return.
Go and give it a listen, High Road is available on Kesha’s own site for $11.99.
Words: Ana Hine
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