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Rainbow

Kesha

Rainbow

Third album from the Nashville, Tennessee pop singer features Dolly Parton, The Dap-Kings Horns, Eagles Of Death Metal

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
RCA
UK Release date
11/08/2017
US Release date
11/08/2017
  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Resurrection of a pop princess
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  2. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Instead of dwelling on what isn’t said on the record, she chooses to use her experiences to find the strength to move on. And so we get the most authentic Kesha album yet, and it’s a triumph
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  3. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    An album full of hope and renewed self-confidence
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  4. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    A bold, focused, universal statement about freedom—from self-hatred, from paralyzing internal conflicts, from gender expectations, from negative influences, and (especially) from other people’s shit
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  5. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Kesha’s pop chops are sharp and true. For the most part, the pop songs work better than the mid-tempo numbers. They’re more spirited, but less moving
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A revelation
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  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Kesha’s third album cannot help but be about her troubled relationship with her former producer, but it is also a fierce, skilful rebellion against manufactured pop
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  8. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Sometimes she'll slide into cliché, usually by recycling therapy-speak, but how she pairs these credos with veiled confessions is as striking and moving as her party songs are weird and funny
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Its message is clear. Kesha is surviving, yes, but thriving too. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    She finds her own voice: a freshly empowered, fearlessly feminist Top 40 rebel
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    Kesha returns with a defiant country and garage rock-tinged triumph
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  12. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    Kesha survives the Dr. Luke ordeal and her former dollar sign name to arrive at the other side of the rainbow
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  13. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A bold new sense of purpose
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  14. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Forged out of difficult circumstances, Rainbow emerges with such absolute confidence of vision that it instantly goes down as one of the best pop albums of the year
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  15. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    While the drastic shift in musical styling that drives Rainbow's 14 tracks risks sounding jumbled, Kesha tastefully executes each genre she dabbles in.
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  16. 8.0 |   Prefix

    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
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  17. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A record that embodies the way that hope itself is a kind of triumph
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  18. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    May not contain the electrobops you expect from Kesha Sebert, but at its heart, it does possess what drew everyone to her in the first place: confidence, sonic booms, and an assurance that everything will be alright when the storm clears
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  19. 7.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This is a Kesha freeing herself of the dollar sign in both name and motivator (sorry, that was just screaming to be used) and embracing country, funk, garage rock and whatever else she wants
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  20. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    For all the album's genuine pathos and heartfelt self-help directives, Kesha never takes herself too seriously
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  21. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    Kesha’s musical career has been defined by her work with Dr. Luke. On her third album, she begins something new and promising
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  22. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The mood of 'Rainbow' is righteous fury, as might be expected
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  23. 6.0 |   The Observer

    After years of legal wrangles, the former purveyor of pop fodder delivers a strong third album that deserves to be a hit
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  24. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The record isn't perfect, though it's enjoyable in places. But she is a survivor. Theirs are the voices we must hear
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  25. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    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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