Pink Gets Sweeter—But Still Cusses Up a Purple Storm—On ‘Trouble With Love’
On Pink's new album, she's writing about volatile relationships, again—albeit mostly their upside this time. "I hate you, I really hate you —so much I think it must be true love," she sings, providing a tip-off that there's more loving than loathing on The Truth About Love, her sixth studio album.
Pink has said that her previous album was written and recorded when she was an emotional mess, having been separated from Carey Hart. Now that they've been married for six years and have entered a more tranquil phase of their relationship, with added joy in the form of daughter Willow, her writing has taken a different turn. The truth about Pink? Maybe it's that she doesn't have many songs quite as sad as "Leave Me Alone" in her anymore.
Which isn't to say that her new songs all live up to her adopted name. There are a lot of of black and blue emotions—and plenty purple language—on the collection. Yahoo! Music had an advance listen to the set, and here are our initial impressions of some of the tracks:
"True Love." Her duet with Cooper doesn't mince words. "You're an a--h--- but I love you," Pink sings. "Sometimes I hate every single stupid word you say," she adds, but "I know life would suck without you." The music is sheer ear candy, but romantic resolution in this one is hard-fought as well as playful: "Just once, try to wrap your little brain around my feelings!... Repeat after me: r-o-m-a-n-c-e. Say it slowly. You can do it, baby!"
"Just Give Me a Reason." One of three duets on the album, this one has her trading verses with Nate Ruess of the band fun. The dysfunctional pairing is hardly fun and games. "I was your willing victim," she sings over an initial solo piano part. "You've been talking in your sleep, things you never say to me..." When Ruess comes in, he affects a certain cluelessness. "Sorry, I don't know where all this is coming from," he sings. "I thought we were fine/It's all in your mind." As the electronic beat picks up, they find common ground in the hope of a fix: "We're not broken, just bent, and we can learn to live again."