Rainbow

Kesha - Rainbow
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2017 Ratings: #216 / 920
User Score
Based on 771 ratings
2017 Ratings: #294
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Irish Times

Kesha has shown phenomenal strength of character in recent years and Rainbow, the most colourful of comebacks, captures her new lease of life and it feels so right.

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
The Young Folks
It’s unique, dynamic, and most importantly, a feminist triumph.
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.

85
Spectrum Culture
Recognizing life is far too short to worry about what those looking to tear you down think, she transcends the last five years and delivers an album full of hope and renewed self-confidence. We should all be so bold.
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
The Sydney Morning Herald
Soaked in pop, country, rock but most of all, shocking honesty, this is just as much an album for die-hard fans as it is for people who are about to be fans, but just don't know it yet.
80
Evening Standard
It turns out Kesha has many gifts: a fresh way with a melody, a cute Nashville twang and an unmistakeable gift for communicating emotion.
80
Q Magazine
Its message is clear. Kesha is surviving, yes, but thriving too.
80
Highsnobiety

It’s clear the making of Rainbow was an incredibly cathartic journey for her and as a fan, it’s deeply fulfilling to be able to finally experience it.

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
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
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.

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
The Telegraph

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

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
NME

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

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
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
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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

68
Pitchfork
Her early records, of course, were meant to be fun; here, one can unequivocally say Kesha has joined in.
60
The Observer

Rainbow is both stranger and more normal than you expect; uneven – does Kesha really rhyme “highway” with “Hyundai”? – but likable.

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.

60
Drowned in Sound
The record isn't perfect ... though it's enjoyable in places.
60
The Arts Desk

Turn this album into an EP of its best six or seven cuts and it would be 5/5 material, because Rainbow is a smart, sassy, well-calibrated return to the fray.

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.
Docky
93

Kesha's Rainbow isn't just a great album, but also a very impactful and powerful one only helped by the lighter and more fun tone of a lot of the songs here.

Honestly out of like...every pop artist out there that I know off, Kesha is probably one of the last I thought I'd ever like. But god damn this album is pretty amazing and I really love it, and somehow it's messy nature doesn't really take away from it, if anything it adds to the whole vibe of it.

The opener, Bastards, is an acoustic ... read more

marmaladejacket
85

I still think about this record two years later and to be honest, I still love most of it. One of the most solid pop albums of 2017 if not the decade, and Kesha's best album, undoubtedly.

Maqtheus
79

Rainbow é o resultado das dores de Kesha que caem nesse álbum como um verdadeiro descarrego emocional distante de tudo que ela já tenha feito, e vai pensando que isso é ruim, muito pelo contrário, aqui, ela parece livre para cantar sobre temas ajustados a sua realidade e misturar sons que no final, acabam funcionando muito bem.

Do_You_Think_So
76

i feel really sad...

katyzbxtch
100

a classic

BasicBlkGrlRati
80

You better work, bitch!

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Track List

1Bastards
3:51
88
2Let 'Em Talk
3:05
82
3Woman
3:16
87
4Hymn
3:25
80
5Praying
3:50
94
6Learn to Let Go
3:37
86
7Finding You
2:52
83
8Rainbow
3:38
82
9Hunt You Down
3:17
82
10Boogie Feet
2:53
80
11Boots
3:03
82
12Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle To You)
4:26
80
13Godzilla
2:08
82
14Spaceship
5:15
81
Total Length: 48 minutes
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Added on: July 6, 2017