Kesha, ‘Praying’ | Track Review
Pop star Kesha makes a triumphant comeback, following turbulent times, with a surprising, heartfelt ballad, “Praying.”
Since 2012, pop singer Kesha has been on the struggle bus. After a promising start to her career, numerous issues slowed curbed the momentum. “Die Young” was a big hit in 2012, then, the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary happened. Naturally, a pop hit about dying young wasn’t appropriate given the horrific events. Beyond that, Kesha found herself embroiled in a sexual abuse lawsuit with her producer, Dr. Luke. This clearly inhibited her career. Now, at 30, the former “Tik Tok” singer looks to rebuild her career. She does so in shocking fashion with single, “Praying.”
“Praying” is clearly a departure for Kesha – a stark contrast from her past work. A ballad, it’s clear from the jump she’s aiming for empowerment for herself, and others who’ve been in an unfortunate situation. Also clear is the fact that “Praying” is directed towards Dr. Luke.
“I’m proud of who I am / No more monsters, I can breathe again / And you said that I was done / Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come / ‘Cause I can make it on my own / And I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known…”
Yep, Dr. Luke is in the doghouse, made crystal clear on the soaring chorus.
“I hope you’re somewhere praying, praying / I hope your soul is changing, changing / I hope you find your peace / falling on your knees, praying.”
Interestingly, the verses showcase incredible restrain by Kesha – something one wouldn’t expect from the old Kesha. By the end of the song, the powerhouse vocals are mind-blowing. Where has she been hiding this? The most surprising moment is when she nails a high F that no one – NO ONE – thought she could hit.
Face it – who didn’t think Kesha’s career was dead? “Praying” definitely proves that the quirky pop artist definitely has more life. Furthermore, rather than return with a gimmicky pop record, she drops a ballad that’s easily the sincerest song of her career. Add the inclusion of soaring strings and later, pummeling drums, and this is one hell of a power ballad – rather one heavenly power ballad.