The Truth About Love

P!nk

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The truth about growing up.

She’s no longer that little girl forced to wear baggy pants while being boxed into the “urban” field – thank goodness.

She’s also no longer the type of artist LA Reid, or anyone else, can tell: “You’d be a popstar, all you have to change is everything you are.”

Ladies and gentlemen, P!nk is all grown up and claims her space as one who isn’t afraid to tell her truth.

P!nk’s fifth album (if you don’t count the Greatest Hits offerings) presents a more refined artist, even though in some parts of the album she doesn’t embrace this fully.

Her voice is still raw, but where necessary to convey emotion, restrained.

She’s still a rabble-rouser with eyeraising song titles like Blow Me – wait for it – One Last Kiss or lines like “You’re an asshole, but I love you” on True Love.

But she also tones down the overall mid-tempo theme on the melancholy Try or the pleading Just Give Me A Reason, which was written with FUN frontman, Nate Ruess. P!nk writes about real life and doesn’t do the gloss-over thing that a lot of the new pop singers go for – and that’s appreciated. – Helen Herimbi