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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: 5 out of 141
  1. Jan 31, 2020
    10
    Here is everything when artists says "this is for the fans". This is totally in her truth. The craziness, sadnesses, bad ass **** and like sheHere is everything when artists says "this is for the fans". This is totally in her truth. The craziness, sadnesses, bad ass **** and like she said "put a **** in everything". Nothing last forever. So do what you do, and live. Expand
  2. 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
  3. Feb 2, 2020
    10
    Kesha does not disappoint with this new album. She manages to bring all of the fun and raunchy aspects of her past work and combine them withKesha does not disappoint with this new album. She manages to bring all of the fun and raunchy aspects of her past work and combine them with the beautiful depth she has created with her last album. Kesha has earned the "executive producer" title, and this album proves it. Expand
  4. Jan 31, 2020
    10
    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
  5. Jan 31, 2020
    10
    Kesha has unveiled her two best sides; the pop-to-party perfection and her country roots infused with depth feelings. This album isKesha has unveiled her two best sides; the pop-to-party perfection and her country roots infused with depth feelings. This album is emotionally enjoyable! Expand
  6. Feb 22, 2020
    9
    Esse álbum trouxe tudo que a música pop precisava, mas infelizmente as pessoas não deram o devido valor a ele.
  7. May 13, 2020
    0
    After a great album with "Rainbow" you'd think she'd stick with the rock/country vibes... but this album was just back to her garbage of theAfter a great album with "Rainbow" you'd think she'd stick with the rock/country vibes... but this album was just back to her garbage of the past that no one truly liked. It's a terrible album and anyone who says otherwise.. please branch out of the pop elements. It takes zero talent to write and produce a pop album. Expand

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