Alecia Moore, better known to the world as P!nk (or Pink), released her sixth studio album The Truth About Love, on September 18, 2012. Having made a name for herself with brash lyrics and unique songs that cross the boundaries between hard rock-edged pop rock and R&B, P!nk hasn’t let up with this new offering. The album boasts several slower, more melodic songs, striking a vibrant contrast against the harder, faster songs fans are more accustomed to. But even with that slower tempo, P!nk doesn’t seem to have let motherhood soften her edge.
In recent years, P!nk has offered up anthem after anthem for the misfits, with songs like “Raise Your Glass” and “F*ckin’ Perfect,” going back as far as 2001’s “Don’t Let Me Get Me.” And she’s done it again with the The Truth About Love opener, “Are We All We Are?” After a cacophonous, mixed beginning, the track breaks into a playground taunt of the song title before building to a chorus announcing, “We are the people that you’ll never get the best of/Not forget the rest of…/We’ve had our fill, we’ve had enough, we’ve had it up to here/Are we all we are.”
“Beam Me Up,” the ninth track on the album, speaks to P!nk’s influences, possibly more than any of her previous songs. Claiming Janis Joplin as one of her biggest influences, P!nk pulls from Joplin’s pioneering sound to deliver a gospel-esque, acoustic guitar-led plea from a mother looking for one last, even if brief moment with a lost child. It’s a moment where she can let go of all of her perceived strength and grieve instead of being strong and fighting: “Beam me up/Let me be lighter, I’m tired of being a fighter/I think a minute’s enough/Just beam me up.” “Beam Me Up” is, in immediate memory, P!nk’s most introspective, personal track to date.
“Here Comes the Weekend” takes fans back to P!nk’s early days, to the days of “Get the Party Started.” There is no profound message, no anthem for wayward misfits. It is a pure and simple party rocker. The tune comes to a head with an unmistakable Slim Shady-style rap from Eminem, who assisted in writing the track. His influence is also apparent in the steady and heavy bass beat that runs throughout the track. “Here Comes the Weekend” is easily a track that could become prominent in dance clubs and house parties as the album gets a few more spins behind it.
Being somewhat on the fence regarding my opinion of the group fun., “Just Give Me a Reason,” featuring the band’s vocalist Nate Ruess—the first of two duets on the album, with Lilly (formerly Allen) Rose Cooper on “True Love”—pulls a little too much of their style into the sound for my liking. Perhaps it is Ruess’ unvarying vocals that distract my attention, or the simplistic piano that is so prevalent in their songs, but there is definitely something off-putting about this duet. Without it, The Truth About Love is a truly great album at this point in P!nk’s career. With it, the new album just has that one stutter step that briefly throws off the rhythm of the rest of the album.
The Truth About Love is available in CD and mp3 formats, with bonus tracks on albums purchased at Target and on iTunes. If you have been following P!nk through the years, you probably already have added this one to your collection. But if not, it’s definitely worth the coin to own it.Powered by Sidelines