In 2010, she had fans waking up feeling like P. Diddy after her debut album and single release. After that first line, the world was introduced to the glittery, wildly artistic Ke$ha, born Kesha Rose Sebert. She released her second album in 2012, followed by a string of hits through 2013. Then, she seemingly disappeared.
But after almost five years of eager anticipation for her next release, the wait has finally ended for fans of Sebert.
The pop star released her third studio album, “Rainbow,” through Kemosabe and RCA Friday. This marks a comeback for the singer, as her music career has been in jeopardy following accusations of sexual assault against producer Dr. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, and an ongoing legal battle.
She filed the lawsuit in 2014 against Gottwald, but most of her claims have been thrown out. The pop star has been trying to cancel her contract since making the claims. Despite the outcome, Gottwald had much less influence on “Rainbow’s” production.
The album is a blend of the electropop elements that characterized Sebert’s earlier releases, mixed with southern-flare rock elements. It contains lyrics of resilience and personal strength.
It features collaborations with Eagles of Death Metal, The Dap-Kings Horns and Dolly Parton.
The lead single, “Praying,” sets the tone for the rest of the album. The song, seemingly about Gottwald, is about wishing those that wronged somebody else can find peace with him or herself. It starts with Sebert’s raw vocals over a piano, before going into a powerful percussion while she belts out high notes. It was complete with a video featuring an array of colors and artistic scenery with a desert backdrop.
In addition to “Praying,” the 13 other singles on the album captured the ears of critics and fans.
Critics complemented the singer’s new approach. Entertainment Weekly wrote that she is “more chameleonic than ever,” featuring a high degree of authenticity with a mix of musical genres ranging from country to rock to synthpop.
USA Today wrote that while “Rainbow” is her third studio album, it is the singer’s first, spiritually. The review went on to say that it’s a “confetti gun of an album,” featuring Ke$ha “at her defiant, unbridled best.”
The Knoxville News Sentinel wrote that the album “is both a powerful phoenix-rising story and also something of a debut – because this is (finally) Kesha Rose Sebert, not Ke$ha.”
“Rainbow” topped the iTunes charts in over 30 countries upon its release, including the United States.
Sebert had words of wisdom to offer to her fans and anybody else going through tough times. She used her own struggles and the strength she found to try to inspire others.
She will embark on “The Rainbow Tour” this fall across the United States and Canada. It will begin September 26 in Birmingham.