Kesha Rolls Out “Resentment” Featuring Sturgill Simpson, Brian Wilson & Wrabel
Kesha’s High Road is shaping up to be her most eclectic album to date. After kicking off the era with “Raising Hell,” a feel-good anthem with lashings of gospel and New Orleans bounce, the pop star took things in a decidedly alt direction on the deeply autobiographical “My Own Dance.” She now strips it right back on a country-tinged ballad called “Resentment,” which features backing vocals from the all-star trio of Sturgill Simpson, Brian Wilson and Wrabel. While all the songs from High Road have been great, this timeless tune is the highlight for me.
“I feel loved, darling, I feel used,” Kesha begins the stripped-back gem over strummed guitar. “Nobody makes me feel the way that you do.” It turns out the hitmaker’s insensitive lover has been taking her for granted. “I don’t hate you, babe, it’s worse than that, ’cause you hurt me and I don’t react,” she sings on the chorus. “I’ve been building up this thing for months — oh, resentment.” What’s it all about? “Resentment is such a powerful and destructive emotion and in my experience is more complex than hate or anger,” the former K$ explains.
And, as for those A-List collaborators? “Brian Wilson is one of my personal musical heroes, so when he said he would collaborate with me on the recording… that moment was one of the most exciting in my career,” Kesha reveals. “Then add in Sturgill, who I respect and admire so much, as well as my close friend, the insanely talented songwriter Wrabel, and this record felt more like a dream than just another song to me.” Watch the video for “Resentment,” which was filmed on an iPhone 11 Pro below.