At the end of the week, Kesha will release her new album High Road, an entertaining and sometimes moving collection of songs on which she successfully moves beyond the drama that has defined her last few years. After releasing advance singles “Raising Hell” (the one with Big Freedia and a televangelism-themed video) “My Own Dance” (the one with the lyric “Don’t circumcise my circumstance”), and “Resentment” (the one with Brian Wilson and Sturgill Simpson). And now she’s teased the release with one more song.
“Tonight” is High Road’s opening track, and it exemplifies the album’s blend of Kesha’s early pop-rap-EDM party music with the classic-rock vibes she embraced on 2017’s Rainbow. To wit, the chorus first appears as a Gaga-worthy piano-bar torch song and — after “Tonight” morphs into a raunchy club-rap song — returns as a raw, cantankerous gang vocal. The lyrics are about how tonight can be the best night of your life if you let it be. “Just found out me and Elton John have the same shoes, that’s a fact,” Kesha raps. “Hey Chelsea, do you mind if I put this wine in your backpack?”
High Road is out 1/31 on Kemosabe/RCA. Kesha will perform on The Late Late Show With James Corden the night of Thursday, 1/30, which means the performance will air just after the album drops.