Only Rainbows After Rain: Kesha's Long Awaited Album Arrives

Only Rainbows After Rain: Kesha's Long Awaited Album Arrives

It's finally here.

August 11th, a date that Kesha fans clutched tightly while occasionally pinching themselves as a reminder that Kesha was going to drop an album after five long, rough, and tired years. Sure, her True Colors cover with Zedd and Soundcloud song Lover held us off for a little while, but the amount of media stories surrounding Kesha's injustice shoved its way to our forefront. For a long time, fans doubted any new album from her, let alone any singles. But here we are with a full length studio album from the one and only, so let's talk about it.

Words commonly used to describe Rainbow: spiritual, personal, triumphant, heartfelt, empowered. I would agree. Rainbow demonstrates Kesha's emotional feat despite her still ongoing storm with Dr. Luke and the album's association with Kemosabe Records, the label Dr. Luke managed as CEO until Sony chose not to renew the producer's contract. The ties are evident, and according to The New York Times, Dr. Luke could profit from the album. This news is a risk I am willing to take, and it did not stop me from purchasing the album.

One promising aspect of Rainbow is that Dr. Luke took no part in producing the album. Kesha involved herself in all of the songwriting, and she worked with a number of collaborators and Sony affiliated producers. Knowing this, it makes both Praying and the title track come from that much more of a genuine place. The lyrics replicate Kesha in feeling more true to themselves. In this sense, she is truly liberated. Speaking of liberation, Kesha sure likes her galaxy metaphors, especially the word stardust (see Hymn and Spaceship), but nothing shouts freedom from limits and endless potential like the cosmos. Even the music in her albums hold no bounds to a single genre. From dance pop, to rock 'n roll to country ballads and fusions between the three, Rainbow contains a mix of songs that felt restrained in her previous album, Warrior. Songs such as Let 'Em Talk fits more comfortably in the discography and resembles the stand out rock-pop track Dirty Love from Warrior. One part that remains the same for all of Kesha's albums is her dominant and confident demeanor as shown in the tracks Woman and Boogie Feet. So don't you fret, both heart-wrenching and assertive Kesha make a visit.

Also part of Rainbow's tracklist is a cover of Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You) featuring the original artist, Dolly Parton, although Dolly's was a popularized cover from the actually original 1978 version by Joe Sun. Still, Kesha is no stranger to this song, as she covered it once before on her Deconstructed EP which, if you have not listened to the five song tracklist already, I HIGHLY recommend giving it your time. I imagine this song being very important to Kesha because fun fact, her mother, Patricia Rose Sebert, wrote the country hit, giving Kesha all the more reason fit the song in her album. Contrast to 2012's acoustic cover, this version contains not only Dolly but increased percussion and Kesha's booming vocals. Essentially, this version of Old Flames carries more power that carries out through Rainbow as a whole.

I suppose this was a biased review coming a Kesha fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed this album and would not just recommend but urge you to go out and buy Rainbow, even while her legal battle hangs overcast.

Cover Image Credit: My Edit

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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