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.