PINK | The Truth About Love (RCA)


pink truthaboutPink really chronicles her marriage with every tune: the cloud nine feeling, the heartbreak, and the forgiveness.

 

“We are the people that you’ll never get the best of, not forget the rest of.” After hearing this, I knew this was going to be a joyride of a review. In signature Pink badass fashion, “Are We All We Are” exemplifies how we can take control of our own destinies. No matter how perfectly we plan, “If our shit is not together, it will never be you and me/ Plant the seed, open up, and let it be.”

As the lead single for her sixth album, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” details how she’s kissing her BS-filled relationship goodbye because life is too short to deal with it. It’s obvious that this was a far more personal, biographical album for Pink than any other. It recants her difficult times in love with her husband Carey Hart, but she learns something, and that’s that we all must at least “Try”: “Where there is desire, there is going to be a flame/ Where there is a flame someone’s bound to get burned, but just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re going to die/ You got to get up and try, and try, and try, and try.”

The Jeff Bhasker-produced “Just Give Me a Reason” captures the dialogue—the ballad opera, if you will—of two lovers who want to reconcile, but they have such a tainted memory of each other. Both lovers want to be convinced of why they should believe in each other, and most importantly, believe in the relationship—the us—again. “We’re not broken, just bent, and we can learn to love again.” Indie-pop artist Nate Ruess guests.

Pink really chronicles her marriage with every tune: the cloud nine feeling, the heartbreak, and the forgiveness. Singing, “It must be true love ’cause no one else can break my heart like you,” she gets a little help from the sassy Lily Allen. “How Come You’re Not Here” personifies those emotions, from the electric guitar to its lyrics, ripping through the indecisiveness. She misses him and wants him there badly, but while he’s away, she teases him that he’ll never find another girl like her, and that’s a fact.

In “Slut Like You,” Pink plays the role of a man eater, wining and dining her prey before she goes in for the kill. The title track explores how love can make you feel, on top of the world one moment and, alternately, feeling so low, at rock bottom when you’re on the verge of losing it. Pink begs God to not let anyone see her on her “Walk of Shame.” I’ve been secretly waiting for Eminem and Pink to collaborate for some time, and I’m glad I finally got my wish in the party track “Here Comes the Weekend.”

The simplest songs often are the most powerful, and Pink surely knows how to wrap her vocals around the acoustic guitar on “Beam “Me Up” to do just that. Lyrically and vocally, you can hear her openness and vulnerability. She displays such an effortless emotional maturity in this song acknowledging that she’s ready for new life experiences, to yield to life’s currents and stop fighting against the very thing she wants: love: “Could you beam me up/ Give me a minute, I don’t know what I’d say in it/ I’d probably just stare happy just to be there holding your face/ Beam me up. Let me be lighter, I’m tired of being a fighter/ I think a minute’s enough just beam me up.” It’s such a beautiful ballad to sum up the wonderful journey of completion, when you stop fighting yourself and just experience life.

On the final track, Pink pours out her heart completely. She removes any layer of fear to be woman enough to step to the plate and fight for love—her love. Who knew that a fight could sound so beautiful? The gentle shrills, combined with her perfectly rough polished voice and emotions—I’ve never heard a fight so beautiful. She has matured so much over the last few years with her experiences. Renewing her love with her husband and her entry into motherhood has brought her full circle, and the masterpiece all reveals on this album.

“I’m terrified of the dark, but not if you go with me/ And I don’t need a pill to make me numb/ And I wrote the book on running, but that chapter of my life will soon be done/ Oh, I’m the king of the great escape/ You’re not going to watch me checking out of this race/ You’re not going to lose me ‘cause the passion and pain are going to keep us alive someday/ Yeah, the passion and pain are going to keep us alive someday.” B+ | Ashley White

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