by N. Ette
Pink is back to what she does best; catchy tunes, shouty choruses, and wry/cynical lyrics. There isn’t a duff track here and this is definitely her best album since “M!ssundaztood”. Beware though, she swears quite a bit.
Opening are the punchy pair of “Are We All We Are” and “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, followed by the gently chugging ballad “Try” which is simply beautiful.
The ballad “Just Give Me A Reason” is a rare (on her albums) duet with Nate Ruess from Fun., they sound so great together, it makes you want more which you get with the slightly Ska love/hate “True Love” with Lily Rose Cooper (formerly Lily Allen). Marriage and motherhood don’t appear to have softened her by much. “Here Comes The Weekend” is a stomping number featuring a rap by Eminem.
“How Come You’re Not Here” is a buzzing glam rocker with galloping beats and throaty vocals, while “Slut Like You” is a stomping Dance/Rock number. “The Truth About Love” is a retro rocker with lyrics touching on everything from poetry to trees and birds to body odour. “Beam Me Up” is a tender guitar/string ballad with heartfelt vocals on which she declares she’s “tired of being a fighter”.
“Walk Of Shame” is a catchy hand clap-driven rocker. “Where Did The Beat Go” is an oddball piece (in a very good way) with clever word play, while closing is “The Great Escape”, a tender piano/string ballad with an almost gospel fervour. “I wrote the book on running, but that chapter in my life, will soon be done oh, I’m the kind of the great escape, you’re not gonna watch me checking out of this place” she sings.
Now this is the real fun house.