Music Review: PINK – The Truth About Love
Published: September 14, 2012 - 10:45am
Pop punk rebel Pink is back for her sixth studio album and although I have mixed feelings towards the effort, 'The Truth About Love' is a surprisingly fun and catchy end-of-the-summer release.
Much like the lyrics to 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)', if you've had a s*** day, throw on this album and chill out you angry people you. Pink has always teetered on the edge of pop music, never quite selling her soul and it works for her. The music is strong and Pink sounds genuine as ever on 'The Truth About Love'. The album's standout single is without a doubt 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)'. I could listen to that song on repeat for hours on end until you have to tell me to stop and then force me into a dark room to beat the pop music out of me with a rolled up newspaper.
Where I find the album falters, is on tracks like 'Walk of Shame' and 'Slut Like You'. I love songs about sex crazed whoring, don’t get me wrong. Buckcherry's 'Crazy Bitch' is a classic. But these songs are more along the lines of that skank Paris Hilton than Iggy Pop. Listening to Pink laugh lyrics like, "F***, what's your name again? You male, come now', it all sounds fairly retarded. I'm not sexist either just because I can dig Steel Panther songs about screwing the entire planet. It's the lyrics and delivery that come off as annoying. It's an uncensored episode of The Kardashians.
Pink is a step above much of her pop scene peers and 'The Truth About Love' is a finely crafted effort. Mainstream is much more acceptable when it comes to dropping F-bombs and the like, so be prepared for quite a few expletives. Mainstream is a dirty, dirty sex maniac in 2012. Plus, check out Eminem's cameo on another standout 'Here Comes the Weekend'. It's a party anthem yes, it's generic yes, but it's clever enough that I don't feel like I've lost brain cells after listening to it.
'The Truth About Love' is the album that Nicki Minaj wanted to make this year. It's going to sell like Breaking Bad meth and it thankfully doesn't suck. If nothing else, listen to 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)' a hundred times until you find yourself in a padded room. That's what I did.
1. "Are We All We Are"
2. "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)"
4. "Just Give Me a Reason" (featuring Nate Ruess)
5. "True Love" (featuring Lily Allen)
6. "How Come You're Not Here"
7. "Slut Like You"
8. "The Truth About Love"
9. "Beam Me Up"
10. "Walk of Shame"
11. "Here Comes the Weekend" (featuring Eminem)
12. "Where Did the Beat Go?"
13. "The Great Escape"