by Nick Wilmer
Four years since the release of her last effort, the EP Deconstructed, Kesha has finally returned with new music.
“Praying”, a piano laced, rock inspired ballad, takes the singer-songwriter into a new direction. Its lyrics, which speak of searching for a sign from God to keep living, are the most powerful from any of her singles. Her vocals are at the forefront, stripped of the auto-tune associated with her earlier hits.
Aside from features on “Timber”, a number one hit by Pitbull in 2014, and “True Colors”, a dance hit by Zedd in 2016, Kesha has taken almost half a decade to release new material. This is due to a legal dispute between the singer and her former producer Lukasz Gottwald, professionally known as Dr. Luke, who she claims mentally and sexually abused her. The purpose of the suit is to null the contract she signed early in her career to only release solo music through Luke’s label Kemosabe Records, formerly a Sony imprint. The label is credited on the bottom of the song’s Spotify page, so the suit seems to have still not gone in the singer’s favor.
Despite this, Kesha sings that she will fight through her hell. If “Praying” proves anything, it is that she has only gotten stronger.
Its parent album, Rainbow, is due August 11, and is set to feature Dolly Parton and Eagles of Death Metal.