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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the pop singer features guest appearances from Big Freedia, Sturgill Simpson, Brian Wilson, and Wrabel.
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High Road
I'm taking the high-igh-igh-igh-igh-igh road... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 90
    A celebration of lightness, of fun, and of growing, learning, healing, High Road confidently and comfortably reconciles the different sides of Kesha which previously felt separate.
  2. Feb 5, 2020
    83
    High Road works because of Kesha’s self-assurance and self-possession.
  3. 80
    It’s the album equivalent of someone who can finally handle their liquor. Someone fresh out of their 20s and contemplating life via moments of late-night melancholy, as opposed to worrying implosion.
  4. Jan 31, 2020
    80
    As the f-bombs scatter and sloppy seconds diss tracks land hard, Kesha’s integrity and emotional depth leans in too. She may be a Malcolm Tucker of chart pop but there is so much symbolism – and often raw courage – in Kesha’s creative reclamation of her self, it can be dizzying.
  5. 70
    High Road is fun, frilly, and fanciful – and Kesha has more than earned this moment. It suits her.
  6. Jan 29, 2020
    70
    Those mottled sounds make High Road Kesha’s least consistent album to date, at least sonically. But there’s a clear emotional through line. ... With High Road, Kesha has found a way to double back and carve out a comfortable, if not happy, middle ground.
  7. Jan 30, 2020
    30
    Kesha's willingness to be a little messy with her vocal arrangements make for the strongest moments on the album -- the back and forth on "Cowboy Blues" and "BFF" especially. Sadly, these fleeting moments are not indicative of what High Road is all about. Instead, it's an often infuriating listen, so stubborn in its commitment to cheesy, hunky-dory sentiment that many of its otherwise promising tracks are completely tanked by lyrics that have no appropriate venue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 115
  1. Feb 1, 2020
    10
    A majestic return to the happy-ish synthpop that we got from her on her 2 first albums but with the vulnerability and artistic creativity thatA majestic return to the happy-ish synthpop that we got from her on her 2 first albums but with the vulnerability and artistic creativity that will enchant whoever listens to it. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2020
    10
    it is a really good progress for Kesha.There are a lot of DIFFERENT music in the album that will suit any person
  3. Jan 31, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Her Best Album Yet. Keshas songwriting and production shine. Her originality continues. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2020
    10
    I love experiencing Kesha’s growth & talent. She delivered a really strong piece of work here. Her voice is gorgeous, and lyrical content isI love experiencing Kesha’s growth & talent. She delivered a really strong piece of work here. Her voice is gorgeous, and lyrical content is very mature Expand
  5. Jan 31, 2020
    10
    Wooooow Keshaaaaaa
  6. Jan 31, 2020
    10
    This album so good and pop perfection,and Kesha is a pop legend,save the pop music again
  7. Jan 31, 2020
    1
    This album doesn’t show her musical growth and songs are really over dated. Maybe it’s good gift for fans but it’s not music that I wouldThis album doesn’t show her musical growth and songs are really over dated. Maybe it’s good gift for fans but it’s not music that I would listen to. Sorry, animals. Expand

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