It’s been a long, painful year for Kesha Rose Sebert. Her legal battles with former producer Dr. Luke have dragged on for over a year and have seen her colleagues, friends and even her mother dragged into the proceedings, which are unfortunately still ongoing. Today, however, marks the beginning of a new, hopefully celebratory period in the singer’s life, as she drops her first album in four years, the triumphant and confessional Rainbow.
Kesha has received an outpouring of support from the music community during her emotional ordeal, and plenty of pals show up on Rainbow. Ryan Lewis co-wrote and produced the record’s lead single “Praying”, Ben Folds produced the title track, Dolly Parton guests on a version of her 1980 tune “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You”, the Dap-Kings horn section provides an assist on the explosive “Woman” and Eagles of Death Metal appear on two tracks as well.
In her review of the album for Consequence of Sound, Katherine Flynn writes, “They say that the best revenge is living well, and there’s no doubt that this could be a much darker album than it is. The experiences that engendered it — sexual assault, emotional abuse, an eating disorder — are things that would make other artists turn inward, make them brood. Kesha doesn’t choose that route here. The biggest lesson of Rainbow should be that our days of underestimating the ambitions and abilities of Kesha Rose Sebert are over.”
Update: Kesha has also shared a new video for “Rainbow”, which you can see below.
The confessional nature of Rainbow was heavily reflected in the album’s rollout, which saw Kesha share an essay with each song she released leading up to the release—including an especially personal and moving piece Lenny Letter about turning her heartache into art after four long years of pain. Kesha celebrates the release of Rainbow with a performance of The Tonight Show Thursday night. You can also take a look at her announced tour dates below, as those shows promise to be a hell of a celebration.
Kesha 2017 Tour Dates:
09/15 – Del Mar, CA @ KAABOO Del Mar
09/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ M Resort Casino & Spa
09/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ iHeartRadio Music Festival
09/26 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
09/27 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
09/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
09/30 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/02 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
10/04 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/06 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
10/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/09 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
10/13 – Lakewood, OH @ Lakewood Civic Auditorium
10/15 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
10/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
10/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
10/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
10/24 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
10/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/27 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
10/28 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
10/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Masonic Auditorium
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium