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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the pop artist features guest appearances from The Dap-Kings Horns, Eagles Of Death Metal, Dolly Parton.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 91
    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.
  2. Q Magazine
    Aug 7, 2017
    80
    It's not a perfect album--some songs feel too fast, almost manic in their desire to exist--but its message is clear. Kesha is surviving, yes, but thriving too. [Sep 2017, p.108]
  3. 80
    It’s a vivid account of a woman’s unwanted confrontation with a powerful tormentor--“a bogeyman under my bed putting crazy thoughts inside my head,” as she puts it in “Learn to Let Go”--as well as her determination to leave the resulting damage behind.
  4. Aug 14, 2017
    80
    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.
  5. Aug 17, 2017
    80
    Throughout, on both killers and filler, the singer sounds like she’s having so much fun.
  6. 75
    Rainbow, as a comprehensive work, feels much more organic and of this earth than anything by dollar-sign Ke$ha.
  7. Aug 15, 2017
    50
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 132
  1. Aug 14, 2017
    10
    This is new time for Kesha. She started as an Iggy pop-alike in Animal, talking about being wild, young and getting messy. In Warrior, it wasThis is new time for Kesha. She started as an Iggy pop-alike in Animal, talking about being wild, young and getting messy. In Warrior, it was clear she was struggling with her producer, as in the explosive EDM songs and her soulful ones. But this time, in Rainbow, she proves she has her space in pop music. She kept the animal soul alive and infused her tracks with, as she describe herself, "weird country" vibes that made Rainbow so unique and powerful, among tracks released by Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2017
    10
    A beautiful masterpiece ,so many emotions on the album with new beats that show you a new kesha who wants wants to have fun and also wanna sayA beautiful masterpiece ,so many emotions on the album with new beats that show you a new kesha who wants wants to have fun and also wanna say about her new re born as a human being Expand
  3. Oct 20, 2017
    10
    EXCELLENCE
    I have been a Kesha stan since I first heard Tik Tok back in December 2009, and I have to say that this is her best record thus
    EXCELLENCE
    I have been a Kesha stan since I first heard Tik Tok back in December 2009, and I have to say that this is her best record thus far. much of the album is reminiscent of Kesha's unreleased discography (Boots is very redolent of Mouth, Bastards reminds me of Boys Just Suck and I'm the One, and Let 'Em Talk holds a lot of similarities with many of Kesha's power pop endeavors such as Secret Weapon, Red Lipstick and Revenge), and this plays STRONGLY to her favor. there's country, pop rock, power pop and folk here, and each track is executed with utmost catharsis and grace. the only dud on this album is Hymn, which doesn't really seem to go anywhere (it reminds me a lot of Wherever You Are in that sense). Kesha's vocals have matured so much since Warrior, even since her guest appearances on 2015's Lover and last year's True Colors. Kesha came through, and we Animals are so proud of her. this album will make you smile, cry, feel energized and even laugh. one of the finest pop albums of 2017 for sure.
    fav tracks: Let 'Em Talk, Woman, Hunt You Down, Boots, Spaceship and Bastards!
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  4. Aug 11, 2017
    10
    Not her best album (or pop-dancing as warrior or Animal/Cannibal), but definitely her most personal, well produced and lyric-intimate project.Not her best album (or pop-dancing as warrior or Animal/Cannibal), but definitely her most personal, well produced and lyric-intimate project.
    Best: Let Em Talk, Hymn, Praying, LTLG, Boots, Spaceship
    Worst: Bastards, Godzilla
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  5. Aug 11, 2017
    10
    A new and versatile album, Rainbow spaces from country to rock to folk to piano pop to soul-jazz. This album is the most personal of Kesha andA new and versatile album, Rainbow spaces from country to rock to folk to piano pop to soul-jazz. This album is the most personal of Kesha and shows greatly her fierce and her re-born as a person and as an artist. Incredible comeback! Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2017
    9
    Everything about Kesha in the past made me want to hate this album and move on, yet I find it one of the most refreshing albums I've heard inEverything about Kesha in the past made me want to hate this album and move on, yet I find it one of the most refreshing albums I've heard in years. I can listen from start to finish and not skip a song. Highlights for me are Bastards, Let 'Em Talk, Hunt You Down and Godzilla. I just can't help smile when I listen to them. It may not be for everyone, but if you give it an honest listen, I think you'll love it. Too bad the success of this just feeds Dr. Luke. Expand
  7. Aug 12, 2017
    0
    I miss the fun kesha we came to love, and that's not to say her songs have always been meaningless "Dancing with Tears in my eyes" is aI miss the fun kesha we came to love, and that's not to say her songs have always been meaningless "Dancing with Tears in my eyes" is a highlight of her career. But this is just garbage. If i wanna listen to music with substance this is too mediocre to affect you, Plenty of other other artists do this type of music much more genuine than this, it seems forced at times, I doubt I will ever listen to this album again. It's so, -middle of the road- i'll honestly forget about it. Expand

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