Cover your kids’s ears folks, Ke$ha’s back! The foul-mouthed pop princess is back with her fourth studio album and after giving it a good listen to today, I can confirm that it is a banger.
When Raising Hell was released back in October, I was excited to hear something new come out from Kesha. With the current climate of today’s pop, I had some reservations.
Thankfully, my reservations were quickly laid to rest when I heard Raising Hell. The music video helped as well, the whole aesthetic from that single was bang on in my humble opinion.
I’m going to admit right here and now, however, that while I was looking forward to the album dropping, and hearing the rest of it, the next couple of singles My Own Dance and Resentment were lost on me. They both flew past my radar for some reason. Needless to say, I had been waiting patiently for the new album to drop this week.
After hearing Raising Hell, and knowing I liked it, I will also admit that while I liked the Rainbow album, I did feel like it lacked some of that Kesha attitude we had come to know in her first two albums. Don’t get me wrong, it did have some great tracks but overall it was not my favorite. So when I first started playing High Road, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am happy to say that with the start of the first track, Tonight, I knew we had returned to the classic Kesha we all know and love. I’m gonna go on record and say that Tonight might be my personal favorite track of the album. It’s catchy, it’s upbeat, it’s fun. My Own Dance is another fantastic track and the perfect second song. I did not want to skip or go to the next track, I wanted to finish it out, and listen to it over. It’s that good! I already knew Raising Hell and knew it well as it has been on my playlists since October, it’s a great song. Definitely one that gets stuck in my head. High Road, the albums title track is amazing. It has that cheerleading style that I freaking love in pop music. I think the first four songs are ones that I have replayed the most today. The next track, Shadow, I like. I’ll be honest and say I don’t love it the way I like the other tracks, but I do like it and I don’t skip it if I’m wanting to listen to the album as a whole or the majority of the album. Honey. This one is the first song from the album I do skip. It’s not terrible. It’s just not my favorite. I like Cowboy Blues okay. Again, it’s not as strong (in my opinion) as some of the other tracks, but it’s cute. Resentment. Not gonna lie, this is not on my list of favorites either. I know this might sound controversial, but I very rarely will like a feature in a song. I just feel like if I’m wanting to listen to a specific artist, I want to listen to that artist, not some random people I’ve never heard of. Okay, rant over. Little Bit Of Love. I do like this one. The album picks back up for me here. It’s much more my taste in terms of beat, melody, it’s a pop song. Two thumbs up from me. Birthday Suit is fantastic. Perhaps my second fav on the record. I love the Nintendo sounding sound effects, it’s fun. It’s different. It’s sexy. Internet people seem to love Kinky. I will say I don’t hate it. I like it better than some on the album, but it’s not my favorite. I like the beat, but it’s kind of forgettable for me. The next track, The Potato Song (Cuz I Want To) is absolutely bang on. It’s amazing. I love the beat, the lyrics, everything about it. It’s fun. I love that Kesha brought fun back in the album. It’s been so lacking lately in mainstream pop. BFF. This is my least favorite on the album. Hands down. I just don’t like it. I think it’s the only song I skipped during my initial listening. I skip it every time now. I really love Father Daughter Dance. It’s beautiful. The perfect ballad. It totally makes you actually feel emotions. It’s great. The final track, Chasing Thunder is really good as well. I think it closes out the album well. It’s a beautiful song, it’s the perfect balance between ballad and banger in my opinion. All in all, when the album is done I definitely wanted to give it another listen. In fact, by the time I had gotten halfway through the album, I knew this was one I would be revisiting often. I think I listened to it three times the day it dropped and only skipped two or three songs. A great sign indeed. If you are or have ever been a Kesha fan, I would highly advise you to stream it, download it, or go to Target and purchase it now. You won’t regret it.
Fav song(s): Tonight, My Own Dance, Raising Hell High Road, Little Bit Of Love, Birthday Suit, The Potato Song (Cuz I Want To), Father-Daughter Dance, Chasing Thunder.