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P!nk: The Albums So Far... - Review

Pink, The Albums So Far...

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

P!NK is rightly regarded as one of America’s foremost pop superstars, on a par with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado and Britney Spears. Some might even say she’s been consistently better.

Having previously released a Greatest Hits compilation a few years back, the singer has now bundled her six albums together in one box set to serve as a potent reminder of her talents.

Running from Can’t Take Me Home through to most recent offering The Truth About Love, this shows how the artist has developed from edgy to wholly mainstream without losing her distinct no-nonsense identity.

Her lyrics have always erred towards the more foul-mouthed and harder hitting, confronting issues of personality and sex, while offering a sense of empowerment. But even as her following has grown, she has never lost sight of the winning formula that helped to make her such a huge star.

Admittedly, listening back, some of her albums have dated more than others. Debut offering Can’t Take Me Home is more gritty and urban and actually struggles to offer up many memorable moments despite being accomplished.

But things changed and went up a gear with Missundaztood, which really did start to perfect the P!nk sound. Here, we had offerings like Don’t Let Me Get Me, a track that combined power pop choruses with that ability to tackle harder issues (“LA told me you’ll be a pop star, all you have to change is everything you are”). It also dropped the infectious Get The Party Started and the moody Gone To Califonia, a track in which she out-Madonna’d Madonna!

Third and fourth albums Try This and I’m Not Dead built on the good work laid down by that sophomore release and threw in some great singles, but it’s sixth album The Truth About Love that really found her at her best.

From punchy opener Are We All We Are (which gave Rihanna a run for her money) to the catchy power ballad of Blow Me (One Last Kiss), this tossed up one great track after another, including a notable collaboration with Eminem.

And her choice way with words continued on tracks like Slut, while counter-balancing such moments with intimate ballads like Try. In other words, almost the complete P!nk package… much like this box set!