"Rainbow" is the third studio album by American singer Kesha. It was released on August 11, 2017, by Kemosabe and RCA Records. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 82, based on 17 reviews, indicating "Universal acclaim ".
On Rainbow, Kesha wastes no time addressing those who attempted to stifle her growth. Opening track "Bastards" starts off softly, setting her naturally gorgeous voice against the gentle strum of an acoustic guitar. The song erupts into a joyful crescendo that wistfully twinkles off before ripping into "Let 'Em Talk," a raucous collaboration with Eagles of Death Metal that would sound best at full blast in a dingy dive bar. While the drastic shift in musical styling that drives Rainbow's 14 tracks risks sounding jumbled, Kesha tastefully executes each genre she dabbles in. "Hunt You Down" bathes the 30-year-old in the light of June Carter-Cash, while her Dolly Parton cover of "Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You)" features a guest appearance from the country legend herself.
Kesha shines brightest on "Woman," an undeniably funky number whose soulful beat is driven by the Dap-Kings' legendary horns. Unedited takes of giddy laughter shared between Kesha and her co-writers in the vocal booth pepper the song, demonstrating an artist who refuses to be stripped of her joy.
Reviewed by Ava Muir for exclaim.ca