Kesha, ‘Learn to Let Go’ | Track Review
Kesha realizes she should embrace the advice she gives to others for herself on “Learn to Let Go,” the third single from ‘Rainbow’ (due August 11).
Kesha gave us all chills on “Praying,” the promo single from highly-anticipated third studio album, Rainbow. In addition to giving chills, “Praying” did a lot for the viability of a comeback by the pop star. On her second single, “Woman,” the feminist ‘comeback kid’ delivered a message of empowerment for women. While the swearing was a bit counterproductive, Kesha still articulated her point clearly. On her third single, “Learn to Let Go,” she continues to showcase a newfound maturity.
“Learn to Let Go” finds Kesha reflecting on the past. Even so, she arrives at a point that she must move forward in order to heal. The verses cover the past and the negativity from the past. On the first verse, she sings:
“Been a prisoner of the past / Had a bitterness when I looked back / Was telling everyone it’s not that bad / ‘Til all my shit hit the fan.”
On the pre-chorus, she focuses on the advice that she gives others in times of adversity. However, judging by the verses, and what follows on the chorus, it’s easier said than done.
“I know I’m always like / Telling everybody you don’t gotta be a victim / Life ain’t always fair, but hell is living in resentment / Choose redemption / Your happy ending’s up to you.”
Finally, she embraces her own encouragement to others for herself, evidenced by the soaring chorus.
“I think it’s time to practice what I preach / Exorcise the demons inside me / Whoa, gotta learn to let it go / The past can’t haunt me if I don’t let it / Live and learn and never forget it / Whoa, gotta learn to let it go.”
Had Kesha not already shocked and wowed us with “Praying,” “Learn to Let Go” would be truly refreshing and surprising. All in all, it’s another step in a more mature, artistic direction for the pop star. This isn’t as impactful as “Praying,” nor is it the second coming, but it has the formula working for it. Thoughtful lyrics, big chorus, and solid production work. Nothing wrong with soundness.