Kesha feat. Ke$ha: The Album
If Rainbow was Kesha’s catharsis and exploration into life after pausing her party girl persona from Animal and Warrior, then High Road is a wonderful mix of her gravitas from it and her exhilarating musical styles that came before.
Aside from the released singles of “My Own Dance”, “Raising Hell”, and “Resentment”, all of which are wonderfully written and executed in this album, there are several other standout tracks.
“Honey” returns Kesha to a more mellowly produced but biting version of “Backstabber”, with Tayla Parx providing chorus and extra vocals on a similar sounding sample to “Say It Ain’t So”‘a guitar strumming with lyrics that are hilarious and somewhat lamenting.
“Cowboy Blues” has her reminisce about missing the possible love of her life: a cowboy in a dive bar dressed in a Nudie Suit. She expertly convinces the listener on this song of her story and experience all the while evoking a twinge of regret and moments of levity, crafting a song that TSwift would likely be jealous of. It’s quintessential Kesha.
“Birthday Suit” is where Kesha explains what we’re all thinking when we just hit it off so well with someone. Need I say more?
“Kinky”, which has Kesha featuring Ke$ha, lyrically continues Kesha’s fascination/playful adoration of cowboy boots from “Boots & Boys” in Animals and “Boots” in Rainbow, and is also a positive exploration and affirmation of the sensual in a loving relationship.
Overall, Kesha perfectly navigates from fun-loving to serious in her song so well without giving the listener even a noticeable amount of mood-whiplash, incredibly displaying her skill as a songwriter and performer on this. The one drawback is the amount of bass on some tracks makes this sound like the loudness wars may have taken another casualty in this production, but don’t let that stop you from hearing her great work.
All in all, Kesha is back, and she’s doing her own dance now. We’re just along for this amazing crazy fun ride.