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Kesha’s High Road Review: Fails to relive glorious moments

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Three years after her third album “Rainbow,” Kesha’s newest record fails to combine split personalities of Kesha and Ke$ha.
Three years after her third album “Rainbow,” Kesha’s newest record fails to combine split personalities of Kesha and Ke$ha.

Once upon a time, Kesha was considered a pop star. It was hard to go anywhere during the summer of 2009 without hearing “Tik Tok” playing on the radio.

Eleven years later, Kesha has failed to produce anything nearly as good.

Kesha made a strong comeback in 2017 after having not released anything for five years due to a conflict with her producer, Dr. Luke. Fans were eager to hear “Praying,” Kesha’s first return single, and while she delivered greatness with the song, the rest of the album failed to live up to expectations, and no other songs from it became hits.

With the release of her fourth studio album, “High Road,” Kesha delivered a subpar product that sounds like it was produced for JoJo Siwa.

Kesha has previously been known for her experimental sound that led her to success in the early 2010s but had recently established herself among the likes of Tove Lo with a dark pop sound. However, she must’ve been in search of a hit when she envisioned this album as the tracks all sound desperate to impact listeners but failed miserably. 

Most of the tracks blend because of their messy production. Listeners don’t get a chance to distinguish one song before the next track distracts them.

The first track on the album is titled “Tonight” and is three minutes and 16 seconds of unpredictable sound and word soup. While many mainstream pop artists have mastered the party anthem, Kesha has already had her spotlight. It’s going to be extremely hard for her to deliver something that lives up to the expectations that longtime fans have, and she failed to do so. 

Following the first disappointing track is “My Own Dance,” which sounds like something out of a Kidz Bop album which seems to have been the inspiration for the entire album.

Honestly, the most exciting part of the album was the beginning of “Kinky,” where an excerpt of a phone call between Kesha and her mom is played. The rest of the song was simply mediocre.

Fans of pop music should hope that one of the main pop artists comes up with something quickly because Kesha’s release did not help in turning around the underwhelming year the music industry has already had in its first month.

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