- Rainbow

Kesha - Rainbow
CRITIC SCORE
76
Based on 25 reviews
2017 Rank: #207 / 572
USER SCORE
72
Based on
159 ratings

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91
Entertainment Weekly

Rainbow, her rich, masterful third LP, is far more than a kiss-off to old demons — it’s an artistic feat, as Kesha unites stylistic forays with her sharp, weathered lyricism.

90
Paste

Instead of dwelling on what isn’t said on the record, she chooses to use her experiences to find the strength to move on. And so we get the most authentic Kesha album yet, and it’s a triumph.

83
A.V. Club

It’s a bold, focused, universal statement about freedom—from self-hatred, from paralyzing internal conflicts, from gender expectations, from negative influences, and (especially) from other people’s shit.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

“Defiant” may be a term too often misused in an age of empowerment feminism, but it’s absolutely fitting for this album.

80
PopMatters

The extraordinary vision that Kesha has put forth ensures that in due course, Rainbow will be remembered on its own merits: not only as the unquestionable best album she’s ever put out, but also one of 2017’s finest pop releases.

80
AllMusic

Sometimes she'll slide into cliché, usually by recycling therapy-speak, but how she pairs these credos with veiled confessions is as striking and moving as her party songs are weird and funny. By slyly alternating between these two extremes throughout Rainbow, Kesha winds up with a comeback that's fully realized emotionally and musically.

80
NME

Californian pop hero Kesha returns with a defiant country and garage rock-tinged triumph.

80
Exclaim!

While the drastic shift in musical styling that drives Rainbow's 14 tracks risks sounding jumbled, Kesha tastefully executes each genre she dabbles in.

80
Rolling Stone

Kesha channels that drama into the best music of her career – finding common ground between the honky-tonks she loves and the dance clubs she ruled with hits like "Tik Tok" and "Die Young," between glossy beats, epic ballads and grimy guitar riffs.

80
The Guardian

The suggestion Rainbow successfully posits is that the woman who lurked somewhere behind the Ke$ha image might be every bit as fierce and screw-you as her persona, and a substantially more eclectic and idiosyncratic musical force to boot.

80
NOW Magazine

It’s also an artistic achievement: she has successfully shed the hot mess synth-pop party-girl shtick to reveal her true colours: lover of rock 'n’ roll, soul and country.

80
The Independent

The result is a revelation. Where previous albums had been bland landfill electro-pop rendered even more indistinguishable through her heavily autotuned vocals, Rainbow offers a range of approaches, from pop and R&B to country and funk, applied to material that brings greater depth to her characteristic sassy attitude.

80
The Telegraph

Rainbow ... is musically backdated but emotionally upgraded, replacing dumb thrills with vocal skills and genuine personality.

80
Prefix

Rainbow is simply the record she needed to make. And at a time where most pop music is either designed by committee or drowning in beigeness, it’s also the kind of individual and achingly honest record we needed to hear.

75
Consequence of Sound

The biggest lesson of Rainbow should be that our days of underestimating the ambitions and abilities of Kesha Rose Sebert are over.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Rainbow may not contain the electrobops you expect from Kesha Sebert, but at its heart, it does possess what drew everyone to her in the first place: confidence, sonic booms, and an assurance that everything will be alright when the storm clears.

75
The Line of Best Fit

The album captures a mixture of genres that come together to create a really vulnerable and organic sound. Kesha uses Rainbow to let her listeners into her struggles, thoughts and true personality, something missing from her previous releases.

72
Sputnikmusic

Make no mistake, Rainbow is steadfastly, stubbornly about embracing a new identity.

70
Slant Magazine

Rainbow probably wouldn't pass the rhetorical test of critical objectivity: If this weren't a Kesha album, it's unlikely anyone would notice it. But while it might not be the discovery of a new talent, it's certainly the deepening of an existing one.

70
Northern Transmissions

Rainbow is joyful and affirmational and sad and sexy and strange, sometimes all at once, and has just enough charm to overcome its strange pacing, stylistic incoherence, and a couple of weak tracks (the Ben Folds-produced title track being the worst offender). It’s easily the singer’s strongest work, and will surely run circles around most of the year’s mainstream pop offerings.

70
The Needle Drop

On Rainbow, Kesha artfully reinvents herself without losing the fun, wild energy that made her such an appealing pop figure in the first place.

68
Pitchfork
Her early records, of course, were meant to be fun; here, one can unequivocally say Kesha has joined in.
60
Drowned in Sound
The record isn't perfect ... though it's enjoyable in places.
60
Clash

'Rainbow' is a muddled hotch-potch that offers little beyond the fact it heralds her return. It's great to have Kesha back - it really is - but let's hope the quality improves in future.

50
Under The Radar
Catchy melodies abound, but there is too much insistence on melody, and not enough on thoughtful instrumentation or profundity, for this album to rise as a pop classic.
Aug 15, 2017
EMR
65
Kesha's long-awaited return album Rainbow is a genre-hopping, kaleidoscopic pop record that dwells on a personal level of reflection, rather than offering an explicit enlisting of all the highly controversial issues faced by the expansive popstar during the last three or four years of her life.

Rainbow (an incredibly suitable title at that) takes the listeners in a flamboyant, rollercoaster-like experience that addresses the singer's intense thoughts and personal struggle to overcome a ... read more
Aug 15, 2017*
FearFlour
60
Props to Kesha for losing the dollar sign that shit should stay in 2007. I like this album a lot more than anything else she's done in the past, most of which I would rather suck an aids dick than listen to again. This has some pretty instrumentals and a couple actually good tracks. But is held back by sometimes being not very good and directionless as an album.

My issues with this album are mostly because of Kesha's past persona showing up at seemingly random and unwanted times in the lyrics. ... read more
Aug 13, 2017
httpsfelipe
80
Em Rainbow, Kesha parece ter encontrado uma luz, mas aparentemente ela ainda luta para chegar ao fim do túnel.

O álbum se inicia com a suave Bastards, acompanhada apenas por sua voz e um violão melancólico, que logo em seguida ganha a companhia de um coro bastante semelhante à Let It Be dos Beatles. Após uma introdução intimista ao álbum, nos é apresentada Let 'Em Talk, primeira colaboração com a dupla Eagles ... read more
Aug 11, 2017
ultimatemusic
72
What is actually Kesha’s best album doesn’t just come from having great songs with meaningful lyrics. It comes from experience, and feeling the emotion and the truth from Kesha herself when singing about the subjects that she does, because you know she’s been through them, and overcome them. It makes the album so much more enjoyable. It’s like a mini story about the troubles that Kesha has overcome in her life, and you’re completely hooked, but also you learn some ... read more
Aug 11, 2017
VinylHound83
74
Bastards - 10/10
Let 'Em Talk (feat. Eagles of Death Metal) - 5/10
Woman (feat. The Dap-Kings Horns) - 7/10
Hymn - 5/10
Praying - 10/10
Learn To Let Go - 8/10
Finding You - 6/10
Rainbow - 8/10
Hunt You Down - 5/10
Boogie Feet (feat. Eagles of Death Metal) - 6/10
Boots - 8/10
Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle To You) 10/10
Godzilla - 8/10
Spaceship - 8/10

Overall Rating: 104 out of 140 = 74%

Overall Opinion: This album is weird. It's half country and half pop. I really enjoyed the ... read more
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August 11, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA, Kemosabe / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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Track List
  1. Bastards
  2. Let 'Em Talk (feat. Eagles of Death Metal)
  3. Woman (feat. The Dap-Kings Horns)
  4. Hymn
  5. Praying
  6. Learn To Let Go
  7. Finding You
  8. Rainbow
  9. Hunt You Down
  10. Boogie Feet (feat. Eagles of Death Metal)
  11. Boots
  12. Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle To You) [feat. Dolly Parton]
  13. Godzilla
  14. Spaceship


Added on: July 6, 2017