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Kesha's Rainbow turned pain into catharsis in a year that desperately needed it
2017’s most powerful album answered a pressing, crucial question about enduring abuse: What comes next?
“Praying” starts as a simple retelling of a story, horrified at the facts and hollowed out by the effort of remembering them. “Well, you almost had me fooled — told me that I was nothing with you,” Kesha breathes, backed by piano chords as simple as they are steady. But here, right when it seems as though she’s about to launch into a plaintive ballad, she flips the narrative right on its head as she insists that “after everything you’ve done, I can thank you for how strong I have become.”
The twist to her suffering now revealed, the piano is joined by a synthetic string that swells in tandem with her steadying voice; by the time she gets to the chorus, her words are electric with defiance. “I hope you’re somewhere praying,” she sings, her voice striking an impressive and downright startling balance between seething and pleading, which only gets more pronounced each time she returns to these words. “I hope your soul is changing — I hope you find your peace, falling on your knees, praying.”
This verse — like Kesha’s decision to make “Praying” her first single in four years — is calculated, daring, brilliant. After four years of forced silence, hanging in the balance of a lawsuit she brought against her longtime producer Dr. Luke for “sexually, physically, and verbally” abusing her, Kesha knew she had to make it count.
Her deepest and most personal pains had been read aloud in courtrooms, obsessively reported, and ultimately rejected as cause for severing her recording contract. In February 2016, a year and a half before the explosive allegations against Harvey Weinstein sparked waves of exhausted women voicing their horrific experiences with sexual assault in the workplace and beyond, Kesha set off a lonely match, hoping something, anything, she said about Dr. Luke would catch fire and burn her past into scorched earth.
By the time she released “Praying” — followed by Rainbow, her first album since 2012’s Warrior — Kesha had already alleged abuse against her keeper in public, had her claim rejected, and made peace with the fact that any new music she makes for the foreseeable future will still be produced under his eye. And judging by the picture Rainbow paints of mourning and healing and even joy, she processed what all of that means, and found some kind of peace.