Resentment (Kesha song)

"Resentment" is a song by American singer Kesha featuring Brian Wilson, Sturgill Simpson, and Wrabel.[1][2] It was released as the third single from her fourth studio album, High Road, on December 12, 2019 in Australia only.

"Resentment"
Kesha - Resentment.png
Single by Kesha featuring Brian Wilson, Sturgill Simpson, and Wrabel
from the album High Road
ReleasedDecember 12, 2019 (2019-12-12)
Format
GenreCountry
Length2:52
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kesha singles chronology
"My Own Dance"
(2019)
"Resentment"
(2019)
"Tonight"
(2020)
Brian Wilson singles chronology
"On the Island"
(2015)
"Resentment"
(2019)
Sturgill Simpson singles chronology
"Sing Along"
(2019)
"Resentment"
(2019)
Wrabel singles chronology
"(It Wouldn't Be) Christmas Without You"
(2019)
"Resentment"
(2019)
"Mean It"
(2020)

Background and promotionEdit

On December 12, Kesha posted about the upcoming release of a new song titled "Resentment". In the post, she stated that she's "been dying to share this incredibly special song". Later that day, she briefly described the making of the song. She described Brian Wilson as "one of my personal musical heroes", said that she had "all the respect in the world" for Sturgill Simpson and described Wrabel as an "insanely talented songwriter".[3][4]

Composition and lyricsEdit

"Resentment" was written by Kesha, Wrabel (who is also featured on the track) Jamie Floyd, and Madi Diaz, while its production was done by John Hill, who also co-produced the two previously-released songs off of High Road. The song is an acoustic country ballad.[5][6][7] The song's lyrics talk about a toxic relationship, with lyrics such as "I don't hate you, babe, it's worse than that / Cuz you hurt me, and I don't react."[7] Kesha described the feeling of resentment as "such a powerful and destructive emotion and in my experience is more complex than hate or anger".[8]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Resentment" premiered on the same day as the track.[9] It was "self-shot by Kesha on her iPhone and paired with a VHS filter" and shows the singer "breaking down and confronting her inner demons in a hotel room, as the song plays over her".[10]

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various December 12, 2019 [11]
Australia December 13, 2019 Contemporary hit radio
[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kesha Debuts Liberating Single "Resentment" Featuring Sturgill Simpson, Brian Wilson & Wrabel". mxdwn Music. December 15, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Howard, Lindsay. "Kesha is absolutely queen on new single 'Resentment'". Variance Magazine. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "Resentment is such a powerful and destructive emotion and in my experience is more complex than hate or anger. @BrianWilsonlive is one of my personal musical heroes, so when he said he would collaborate with me on the recording [...]". Twitter. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "...that moment was one of the most exciting in my career. Still can't even believe it. Then add in Sturgill, who I have all the respect in the world for and admire so so much, as well as my close friend the insanely talented songwriter @Wrabel ". Twitter. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Shaffer, Claire (December 12, 2019). "Kesha Sings With Sturgill Simpson, Brian Wilson on Heartbreaking 'Resentment'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Spanos, Brittany (January 29, 2020). "Kesha Strips Down Singles 'Raising Hell,' 'Resentment'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (December 12, 2019). "Kesha - "Resentment" (Feat. Brian Wilson And Sturgill Simpson)". Stereogum. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Kesha Teams With Brian Wilson and Sturgill Simpson on New Song "Resentment": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Kesha - Resentment (Video) ft. Sturgill Simpson". YouTube. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Shaffer, Claire. "Kesha Sings With Sturgill Simpson, Brian Wilson on Heartbreaking 'Resentment'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Resentment (feat. Sturgill Simpson, Brian Wilson & Wrabel)". Spotify. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "SINGLES TO RADIO". The Music Network. Retrieved December 22, 2019.