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Pink: 'The Truth About Love' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Sep 17 2012

Pink 'The Truth About Love' artwork
You only have to read the title of Pink's latest single 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)' to realise that marriage and motherhood hasn't softened her. It's a good job too, given that her in-yer-face innuendo, horizontal attitude and brash charm has so far given her five hugely successful albums and an impressive singles catalogue that includes 16 top ten hits.

There's certainly no shortage of any of the above in 'Blow Me', which sees her throwing in the towel on a relationship in a typically inelegant fashion as she blasts: "You think I'm just too serious/ I think you're full of s**t." That it's told over a stampede of bass drums, snappy guitars and bonkers, hawkish sirens puts to bed any notion that she's lost her sense of humour or the ability to laugh at herself.

As such, it's largely business as usual for the bulk of The Truth About Love. Future single 'Try' is a ballad of the stadium-filling, lighter-waving variety, 'True Love' - a duet with semi-retired Lily Allen - finds her in the common predicament of being in a love-hate relationship, while husband-hating 'The Truth About Love' is a ballsy confessional that sees the singer attempt to make sense of it all, angrily concluding: "The truth about love is it's all a lie."

On paper it sounds like box ticking, but sharp lyrics - largely from the woman herself and long-time collaborator Greg Kurstin - intriguing collaborations with fun.'s Nate Reuss and Eminem, and her ability to flit from brattish tongue-in-cheek on 'Slut Like You' to the achingly sad on 'Beam Me Up' is enough to keep things fresh. There's fat that could have been trimmed towards the finish, but the result nonetheless is a fierce and thoroughly entertaining record from a woman who proves that growing up doesn't get any easier.



Tracks to download: 'Try', 'True Love', 'How Come You're Not Here', 'Beam Me Up'
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Listen to 'Try' below:

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