Rainbow. First single “Praying” is a thumping piano-and-strings ballad that preaches self-righteous forgiveness — until Kesha hits a piercing, thrilling high note that shatters any posture. For fans of Kesha as the lighthearted party-starting misfit of “Tik Tok,” most of the day-glo headdresses are gone. But on songs like the Dap Kings-featuring “Woman,” the singer’s irreverent snarl is back at full volume. There may be slightly less glitter, but Kesha is shining.
Kesha has been through a lot, which means she has that much more to prove. She has re-emerged into public view with a court case and allegations of abuse against producer Dr. Luke sparking a rally of support from fans and a #FreeKesha campaign. She may not yet be totally free, but the pop star is turning the spotlight back to the music with a tour and a new album,