Why Kesha’s “Praying” is more than just a comeback single

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you’ll have heard the Kesha has released her first solo track in four years, “Praying.”

Again, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard about the legal dispute that’s still going on between Kesha and her former producer, Dr. Luke.

Kesha has gone on record of saying that during her years of working with the producer, she was subjected to emotion and physical abuse – something we can not state as fact due to the case still being dealt with in the courts.

What we can say is, it takes a lot of bravery for anyone to make a stance against such a terrible thing to happen in your life, never mind being in the public eye where you know that your word is going to be under even more intense scrutiny – so go Kesha, we fully support you.

Upon the rather surprise release of the single, “Praying” the internet was alight with posts about the comeback of Kesha, and reactions towards the song.

But this was more than just a comeback, “Praying” is a statement, a message of support for anyone going through some sort of hurt because of another person.

While listening to the track, you can tell it’s coming from the heart, but it’s not until the aggressive, almost angry sounding powerful notes which are full of pain and anguish grace your ears that you truly feel the emotion that’s tied up within the lyrics.

And that scream towards the end – if that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you must be dead inside.

You might be thinking, “why is this post being written now and not when the track was released?”

Well, to answer your question, I was wifi less for six weeks while I was away so that fucking sucked, but also, where is praying now?

It’s almost as though it’s been forgotten about, along with Kesha’s almost instant follow up and female empowerment anthem, “Woman.”

Kesha fought to be able to make the music she wanted to make, even if she is contractually tied to Dr. Luke’s record label for another so many albums, and we as consumers of music have just forgotten about it.

It doesn’t speak so much for the quality of the music – ’cause let’s be honest, it’s not only the best songs Kesha has ever released, but it’s one of the best songs of the year – it shows how fickle we are as music listeners.

Here today and gone tomorrow, unless you’re Ed Sheeran.

This wasn’t just a comeback that could have been written off forever, it’s was a moment in pop that deserved a much bigger moment.

 

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