Anyone expecting the same Lady Gaga-lite sound of Kesha’s signature pop here is bound to get whiplash from the swift turn this album represents for the artist. After fighting a public legal battle against producer Dr. Luke (including allegations of sexual battery), Kesha returns here with fire in her belly and a newly discovered artistic focus. She retains the same penchant for quick, fast hooks but the content and arrangements of the tracks have shifted towards confessional pop and Pink-style empowerment pop-rock at its best – what emerges is a newfound pop diva with a strong voice and an indomitable spirit, captured on a thrilling, moving album, and the re-awakening of a voice gone quiet.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)
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