On her 2017 album Rainbow, in the shadow of horrific circumstances, Kesha Rose Sebert recast herself as a musician of “balance”. The result was a record where the artist felt welcomely present, in contrast with the apocalyptic distance of her sunrise-defying past work.
High Road takes that further, and betters it: for every turn-up belter (Tonight with its drunken party chants; the hyper-joyous Raising Hell ft. Big Freedia, Kinky ft. herself) there’s a stunning ballad (chiefly Resentment ft. Sturgill Simpson, Brian Wilson, and Wrabel, a genuine heart-render), wryly funny confessional (Cowboy Blues), or swelling self-big-up anthem (the Ezra Miller-quoting High Road).
Start to finish, her strongest record to date.
High Road by Kesha is out January 31 via Sony.
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