Pop perfection. I'm sorry, I was too busy with everything else.
Music video for Just Give Me A Reason.
P!nk's back with another single, and what better way with Nate Ruess, singer of the Grammy winning band, fun.. I know this was taken aback, but you have to give credits to P!nk for finding the right person for the verses. Nate Ruess absolutely dominates. But we'll get to that later.
Before we begin, let's rewind back as I always do in my reviews. Coming off of a pretty sweet Billboard ride that included both the album sales and single sales dominating, it seemed to be P!nk's year in award nominations, with The Truth About Love being Grammy nominated. Sadly, she lost the Grammy to fellow pop artist Kelly Clarkson (Stronger). Still, P!nk's run of form earned her multiple accolades, with the album placing on high charts than Stronger even. Personally and truthfully, I myself felt that it was definitely one of my favourite albums off 2012.
Not forgetting the singles, Blow Me (One Last Kiss) and Try were successful on the Billboard Hot 100, with both of them entering the top 10. It seemed to be that if Just Give Me A Reason would be as successful as the formers, but it seems tough at the moment with it being under the bubbling under charts.
Back to singing, P!nk's voice was an astounding, pitch perfect and superb tone. When the piano starts playing, and P!nk's serenade easily falls into your lap like an enormous chocolate cake. But there is still the icing on the cake, and we will get to that later. P!nk has not been as beautifully raw as she had been in her other songs, and this was probably one of a few songs that featured a ballad (the other being The Great Escape). She did it so well that she could've easily out-sung almost half of the current pop artists, and she had to be up there with some of the best live performers for sure. What she had just done on this track was solidify her position even more, and even living up to her status.
Just give me a reason, just a little bit's enough; Just a second we're not broken, just bent - and we can learn to love again; It's in the stars; it's been written in the stars on our hearts; We're not broken just bent, and we can learn to love again. - P!nk
And that is when the first chorus collides with the transition of Nate's verses and voice. At that moment, a simple pop perfection exploded, and it required more than a smile to be understood that this was no simple duet. P!nk's choice paid off superbly and immensely - the right choice for Nate to be on the song turned out to be a fortune in disguise. Coming off the back of a victory at the Grammys, Nate's turn to shine could hardly come later.
With even pacing that he carried on from P!nk, he did it so sublimely that their tone sets nothing apart from their talented voices. Rich in content and diversity, this had definitely been one of the best duets in a long time. The song is also very consistent throughout, and showing glimpses of glory and rave attitudes about it. With just a simple writing session, it became an absolute bonus. Nate's compelling voice, as others would call it, did not stutter and eventually became, what Simon would call, a 'pop perfection'. This song proved it very much.
I'm sorry I don't understand, where all of this is coming from; I thought, that we were fine; Your mind is running wild again, my dear we still have everything; It's all in your mind. - Nate Ruess
The lyrics, focusing on intentionally love and crying out for it, deserves respect as a forsaken conversation that is usually mistaken.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - P!nk's producers are definitely one of the best and the way this song has lifted, they had made no mistakes about it.
SOUND: 9/10 - A great mix of Nate Ruess and P!nk, and this is all it takes.
LYRICS: 9/10 - A conversation within a song turns out to be the greatest of it all.
OVERALL: 27/30 - Just Give Me A Reason is the simple, subtle way of music that brings about the very likable thing of pop, with the duet of the two pop artists meshing up a simply astounding fashion that can hardly be denied as great. Play it for days!
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