New Ke$ha FTW


THE X FACTOR: Ke$ha performs live on THE X FACTOR, Thursday, Dec. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

What, some guy reviewing a Ke$ha album? Yupp that is what is happening here and I have to say this: Girls, Ke$ha is back with her anthem-filled glitzy fourth studio album, High Road. Ke$ha stans will be happy to know that she sticks true to her brand with High Road and releases wave after wave of euphoria with multiple radio-worthy anthems in the mix on this album. Ke$ha officially announced the album Oct.21, 2019 with a video trailer that premiered on Rolling Stone. When asked about High Road, Ke$ha said the album would “revisit the rap-inflected vocals of her earlier work” and that is exactly what High Road does in its fullest ability.

The first song on the album, “Tonight” is your classic Ke$ha song and with it, she sends a message to her fans that if you’ve been with her from the beginning, you’re going to love this album. It’s almost impossible to listen to the first song without listening to the second one, “Doing My Own Dance,” where Ke$ha sings about how in the face of critics that want her to return back to her old musical persona, she will defiantly continue to do her own ”dance” or way of doing things. The third track and also first single off High Road is the pop banger/anthem “Raising Hell” where Ke$ha sings about how even good people want to do bad things before they eventually die.

The fourth song on the album is the title song and is another faster paced and even more lovable pop banger/anthem. When I first heard the song, my jaw literally dropped with some of Ke$ha’s word choice in the verses I heard (why would she delete the message and drink a beverage?). The seventh and eighth song on the album, “Cowboy Blues” followed by “Resentment” is the closest you’ll get to a western/country genre influence on this album. “Cowboy Blues” has a ukulele twist to it as Ke$ha sings about questioning if she might have already met and missed her one true love and, thus, messed her whole life up. “Resentment” has Ke$ha teaming up with country singer Sturgill Simpson for a duet directed by legendary songwriter and producer Brian Wilson.

Moving further into the album, track number 12, “The Potato Song (Cuz I Want To)” is the weirdest song on the album. In the song, Ke$ha indirectly tells the listener was recorded by her because “she wanted to” and no one can or would stop her. The final song on the album “Chasing Thunder,” has Ke$ha ending the album on a somber note, reflecting on what kind of person she is.

When listening to the album High Road, it is clear that Kesha is sticking to her roots and not changing her sound, despite the multiple times she claims throughout the lyrics of High Road that she has changed her sound and is getting criticized for it. Ke$ha not changing her sound is not a bad thing in any way because what she does works and creates for a music listening experience that is unique when compared to any other artist. On a scale of one to five, with five being the best, I give High Road a solid four.