In my second throwback review, I'll be talking about P!nk's highly successful 2012 album - The Truth About Love. Now first things first, I'm not a big fan of P!nk, and for the record, did manage to hear some of P!nk's previous singles and was actually quite a fan of her previous studio album, Funhouse (I know, I know). With powerhouse singles in the form of Blow Me, Try and Just Give Me A Reason, (True Love did chart, but didn't do as significantly well as the other three), does the album itself overall shows power?
Now, we all know P!nk right? A decade in and the popstar has been almost 'been there, done that' with multiple accolades to her name already. Not to forget, her name has been an influence to artists and fans alike, from her early days of Missundaztood to I'm Not Dead, which I would consider the peak of her career, along with star-studded singles in the form of Get The Party Started, Who Knew and many others, which transitioned P!nk into a modern-aged popstar with relevance and a voice that pushed her beyond boundaries. On a whole scale, P!nk's career has been magnificently glamoured and so, since she's one of the most powerful voice of the 2000's.
When I look at P!nk's discography, I would say she's not made a single bad album yet (with exception of her debut studio album), P!nk's catalog is staggeringly amazing. From pop-punk maneuvers of Missundaztood to the certified platinum Try This, to one of my favourite P!nk albums to date, I'm Not Dead. The last album itself was an infusion of pop, rock, ballad and sincerity that felt powerful, unique and at time strong, with (as said), my all-time favourite song: Who Knew. It was probably the album that turned many heads around for P!nk and got the attention, even if she hadn't already.
With Funhouse, P!nk managed to take it slow while still having the clutch prowess of having great production, songwriting and excellent vocal power to aid it, however, the album itself was a letdown in my opinion, even though the album does have stellar tracks. At this point, while having last heard P!nk in the form of her greatest hits compilation album, nobody expected her to drop an album and she did, with the lead single Blow Me (One Last Kiss). To it's credit, The Truth About Love had fantastic singles to choose from, and the label did make do with the correct three, or four.
Blow Me, Try, Just Give Me A Reason are all great singles, coupled with True Love, which is a great song in it's own level. Despite this, I wished the some other songs were singles as well considering The Truth About Love as an album probably reignited P!nk again with commercially successful singles and topping charts everywhere. I'm beginning to think it's my favourite P!nk album too.
Back on track, the album itself does shore up the production, but doesn't overdo it to an extreme extent (though songs like How Come You're Not Here and Slut Like You do feel extremely loud). The album makes up for it with classic guitar solo tracks and piano chords with Beam Me Up, The Great Escape and of course, Try. The songwriting is also exceptional with great lyrics coming in from Just Give Me A Reason, Are We All We Are and Where Did the Beat Go?. All in all, P!nk's solo performance is just as good as anyone else, considering she is one of the best live performers around, this album is packed with signature sounds, unique emphasis on the lyrics and amazing melodies to surround it with.
The features on the other hand was a bit off the mark. Nate Ruess was fantastic while Lily Allen should've had more vocal time as she pretty much only did a short bridge and the chorus. Had she been more active on the song, I felt True Love would've been in the same band as the top-notch singles that were released. On the other hand, the only rapper featured on the album (Tinie Tempah apparently came on for The Truth About Love, but I haven't heard it yet since he wasn't on the song originally. Could be a remix) Eminem's verse on Here Comes The Weekend fell short. Sure P!nk was on Eminem's Won't Back Down for Recovery back in 2010, the delivery and flow was compromised considering the track was more ideally polished and made for pop listeners, rather than an authentic underground beat to match Eminem's lyrical attempts. That said, the song usually is just skipped, otherwise it is a fun track, though I wouldn't put emphasis on the word 'fun' that much.
All in all, The Truth About Love is a fantastic album from top to bottom, and from finish to end. With great songwriting, catchy hooks, simplified melodies, loud enthusiasm and superb vocals from P!nk herself. If you've heard all of the singles, go check this album out. You'll miss a lot from P!nk if you do skip this phenomenal album.
8.5/10: I give The Truth About Love an 8.5 because P!nk is just too damn good, and The Truth About Love isn't really explained though, otherwise it's a 10 (I'm kidding, obviously). I'd recommend it to everyone, but the lyrics do come under scrutiny for some songs. Otherwise, this album is definitely one of 2012's highlights for sure.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.