Biggest pop record may be year’s best
PINK THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE (SONY)
REMEMBER when Madonna used to work with the best songwriters, not the coolest?
Welcome to Pink’s sixth album. She can write with anyone from any genre and turn the result into a great, personality-drenched pop song. Formulaic but fierce first single Blow
Me (One Last Kiss) was a pink herring. This is her most diverse, most creative album.
New single Try is jacked-up ‘80s FM rock; True Love (with Lily Allen on vocals) is bouncy ska-pop with classic Pink lyrics (‘‘You’re an a--hole, but I love you’’); Are We All We Are (written with Lana Del Rey producer Emile Haynie) is a mystic soundscape with booming ‘70s rock attitude. The title track is a swingin’ ‘60s surf romp a la Cher’s The Beat Goes On.
Just Give Me a Reason is incredible. A duet with fun. singer Nate Reuss (unmistakably produced by Kanye West/fun. man Jeff Bhasker), it’s ‘70s Elton with hip-hop beats.
The language-warning sticker is earned time and again on Max Martin’s Slut Like You or the self-explanatory turbo pop of Walk Of Shame.
The beauty of Pink is that within minutes of skank talk she’s in campfire mode, channelling the Beatles and Janis Joplin on Beam Me Up. You will not find Katy Perry doing this.
And for those whose favourite Pink moments are ballads like Lonely Girl or Glitter In the Air, head directly to the end — The Great Escape.
Dan Wilson (he co-wrote Someone Like You) turns Pink’s take on a selfmedicated society into possibly her most beautiful song.
One day she’ll do a whole album of bruised ballads — because she can. Until then, here’s the best of both Pink worlds again — heart and humour — and a swag of radio-hogging hits.