Those vocals, though
Everyone’s talking about Prayin’, but I’m in love with the whole soundtrack. She’s one of the few artists I can’t overplay because her sound is just so interesting and she has an intellect about her, not to mention a trademark style, which is a staple of a great artist. You can tell when you hear a Kesha song, autotuned or not.
Speaking of, am I the only one who could tell she had a good ear and a nice set of pipes even back in her Tik Tok era? Some of her unreleased music is stronger than the content of her first album. YouTube Woo Hoo, Hallucination, Bootycall, Get in Line, V.I.P., Run Devil Run, Red Lips, Starvin’, Revenge, and Bad Girl’s Lament (that last one amuses the hell out of me).
Nothing about Kesha’s voice or stage presence ever struck me as weak, and I believe I speak for most of her fans. If anything, this album is just a long-awaited confirmation; we believed she was capable of producing tracks like these, and she delivered. Way to go, Kesha, and please continue to push yourself to meet your potential and produce wonderful music like this! Thank you for bringing this to us! 💙
Not that it’s an especially relevant or substantial critique, but there is one thing that started to bother me, the more I hit the repeat button:
Kesha has a knack to get a bit overzealous with her upper range. Yes, she has a broad range (mezzo sopranos often do) and she commands it beautifully—no arguments there. I’m not faulting her for climbing up the piano when she’s excited, per se, because it is a natural response, but I would have liked to hear more emphasis on the other end of the scale. Lol, I’m a sucker for vocalists who can hit notes outside of what is considered standard for their range and nail them. Kesha can hit notes that dip well into alto, and make it sound like she belongs there (her performance of Prayin’ during the Grammy’s, anyone?) I just want to hear more low-end extremes, because they’re bone-chilling. That’s my only problem with this masterpiece :D