Pink, ‘The Truth About Love’ album review

September 17, 2012
Pink
The Truth About Love

Pink’s major-label solo debut landed way back in 2000, and her sixth studio album, “The Truth About Love,” is out this week. That means the 33-year-old singer has been releasing music for 12 years — an eternity in pop music, unless your name is Michael, Madonna or Mariah. The main reason Pink has been able to achieve such longevity is that she never allows the public to get sick of her, often taking years-long breaks from the industry. (In 2006, after one long hiatus, she released an album cheekily titled “I’m Not Dead.”)

And, amazingly, whenever Alecia Moore feels like jumping on the scene again, she finds an audience for her music, in large part because she always manages to come up with at least one defiant, anthemic song that really speaks to the newly or perpetually single among us. On “The Truth About Love,” that song is “Walk of Shame.”

“I’m wearing last night’s dress and I look like a hot [expletive] mess/Although my hair looks good ’cause I haven’t slept yet,” she sings. Oh, and she’s also chewing “Last night’s bubble gum/No more bubbles, no more yum.” Anybody can make a catchy tune about love, but to make a peppy track about the awkward trek following a one-night stand is impressive.

Slightly less inspired but solid offerings include the dance track “Are We All We Are,” with a sing-song chorus that sounds like a playground taunt, and “Beam Me Up,” a guitar ballad that shows off Pink’s powerful voice.

And while the sort of edgy, expletive-laced pop that made Pink such a standout 12 years ago is pretty commonplace these days, when Pink tells her heart’s desire that “sometimes I wanna slap you in your whole face” on “True Love,” it’s pretty clear that she’s still peerless when it comes to making aggressive, attitudinal love songs.

Pink's album “The Truth About Love.” (Courtesy of RCA)

Sarah Godfrey

Recommended Tracks

“Walk of Shame,” “True Love”

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