After nearly five years with no new solo material, Kesha has dropped two new tracks in the span of one week. Following “Praying,” the first single from her upcoming album, Rainbow, the funk-tinged “Woman” is another empowering anthem, this time with a more playful, upbeat vibe. The bouncy, expletive-riddled track, which features the members of the Dap-Kings on horns, is a musical departure for the singer, but it reprises the celebratory spirit of her past hits in a way that its predecessor didn’t.
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Though Kesha’s Auto-Tune-drenched club hits earned her a reputation as a party girl, there were hints of a more introspective artist at the heart of tracks like “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes” and “Animal,” both from her 2010 debut, Animal. Her record label’s decision not to release even a midtempo cut as a single from the album was a missed opportunity to not only deepen Kesha’s image, but broaden her fanbase and ensure the kind of longevity that many of her more humanized pop contemporaries have enjoyed.