Pink – Beautiful Trauma (RCA Records).
Prior to the release of I’m Not Dead (2006) I didn’t care much for Pink musically. I was certainly aware of her growing popularity of the back of her worldwide #1 single Get The Party Started in 2001. By 2006, Pink had released her fourth album I’m Not Dead, reaching Top 10 charts around the world, and in the process establishing a truly loyal following here in Australia. Australia would come to love Pink, and Pink’s affection for Australia was reciprocated. It’s fair to say the combination of rock, pop and R&B with the heavy emphasis of guitars and thumping drums on I’m Not Dead, convinced me that Pennsylvanian Alecia Beth Moore was a force to be reckoned with. In short, the tantalising shift away from synths and hip-hop certainly pleased me and would set the benchmark for the amazing run of hits and albums that followed.
The similar style and fun replicated on Funhouse (2008) and The Truth About Love(2012) has not been lost by Pink in her hiatus over the last five years. In August this year, she released What About Love, the first single from her seventh album Beautiful Trauma, a rousing and empowering ballad showcasing her powerful vocals and presence.
Beautiful Trauma is a solid return for Pink and it continues to play on almost all her strengths as a trend-setting artist. Her voice soars on this album and the assortment of acoustic arrangements and ballads are epic and pleasing to hear. The return of electric guitars and the piano also gives fans a baseline of familiarity that we have come to expect and associate with albums such as The Truth About Love. But just when you think, one is unable to endure more of the same, she effortlessly crosses over genres with a song like Revenge (a collaboration with Eminem). It is cheeky in delivery, something that I really like about Pink, especially her willingness to poke fun at situations and herself.
My favourite album tracks are Beautiful Trauma, Whatever You Want, But We Lost It and Where We Go.
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