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Funhouse

An album by P!nk

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Pink Gets Personal, Real Personal and It's Not All Fun

  • May 22, 2010
Rating:
+3
Pros: Great lyrics, outstanding production and engineering; top-notch CD

Cons: N/a

The Bottom Line:

I like Pink the artist; she is real, she is flawed human being and it not afraid to own it and share it with the rest of us musically. 



Release Date: (October 28, 2008)
Label: La Face
Number of Discs: (1)
 
Pink, a.k.a. Alecia Beth Moore, is back and this time it’s personal, intensely personal, as she chronicles in song the break up (and aftermath) of her marriage to professional motocross racer Carey Hart.  The CD is entitled Funhouse and it is anything but a joy ride for the artist or the listener who has walked in Pink’s high heels. 

What Funhouse is, is a cathartic journey through the heart and mind of one of Rock’s most unconventional artists, and we, her fans are treated to an oft-times musically-enhanced emotional roller coaster any of us who have loved and lost should be able to relate to.  

Funhouse is Pink’s fifth studio release, but even after five albums, Pink has not mellowed, if anything she is more combative than ever.  If you listen to the CD in its entire you will treated to a reflective Pink, a woman who is at once pushing her mate away, track 1. So What (“I guess I just lost my husband/I don't know where he went”), and begging him not to leave her; track No. 5 Please Don’t Leave Me.  The rest of the CD plays out like a roadmap to a dysfunctional relationship albeit set to diving beats and Pink’s ever-present hard-edged vocals.    

On Funhouse, Pink once again teams up with hit songwriters Max Martin, Billy Mann (Pink undertook lyrical duties on (5) of the (12) tracks) and the result is a hard boiled, hard hitting, darkly expressive CD that satisfies musically.  Not that Pink has not lifted her emotional dress before and showed us the softness underneath the tough-girl persona.  On her 2006 release I’m Not Dead, track No. 10, Runaway, and track No. 13, Conversations With My 13 Year Old Self speak to teenaged angst that are probably autobiographically in nature given what I know about Pink’s teenaged years (that is of course if Pink’s telling is true to life).

The only ballad on the CD is at the end, track No. 12, Glitter in the Air, which Pink performed to perfection at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010.  The song is beautifully rendered by Pink and speaks to the artists’ undeniable talent.  She may be volatile and hard as nails, but she is wonderfully so.    

Be forewarned, Funhouse is not for featherweight listeners; there is fair amount of swearing throughout the CD, but it certainly isn’t overly obscene.  Pink pulls few punches; she is not trying to appeal to one demographic or another Pink is Pink and those willing to man up and embrace her are in for a wild emotionally-tinged, but nonetheless enjoyable ride. 

The comparisons between Pink and Kelly Clarkson are inevitable only because they have both chosen to traverse the same Rock inspired musical road.  But that is where the comparisons should end; Ms Clarkson is blessed with a deliciously lush set of pipes, while Pink’s vocals are just okay; and while Clarkson’s last CD was a little edgier then her debut offering, when compared to Funhouse, it might as well have been released by Disney. 

Because my taste in music does not and never has gravitated towards hard rock my embrace of Funhouse was by no means a given; indeed it took me a while—like all of Pink’s CD’s do—for me to embrace the CD.  But I like Pink the artist; she is (mostly) real; she is flawed human being and it not afraid to own it and share it with the rest of us through her music.   

Track List:

1. So What
2. Sober
3. I Don't Believe You
4. One Foot Wrong
5. Please Don't Leave Me
6. Bad Influence
7. Funhouse
8. Crystal Ball
9. Mean
10. It's All Your Fault
11. Ave Mary A
12. Glitter In The Air

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Personnel: P!nk (vocals, background vocals); Shellback (guitar, acoustic guitar, omnichord, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion); Pete Wallace (guitar, piano, harmonium, bass guitar, programming); Max Martin (guitar, bass guitar); Eg White (guitars, Hammond b-3 organ, drums, percussion); Jimmy Harry (guitars, keyboards); Peter Parente (guitars); Billy Mann (electric guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Stevie Blacke, Stockholm Session Strings, Uli Janson, Henrik Janson (strings); Butch Walker (keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Roger Manning (keyboards); Niklas Olovson, Tony Kanal (bass guitar); Josh Kane, Joey Waronker, John Yarling, Darren Dodd (drums); Robin Mortensen Lynch, Daniel Chase (programming); Kinnda Hamid (background vocals). Audio Mixers: Al Clay; Mark "Spike" Stent; Serban Ghenea; Tom Lord-Alge. Arrangers: Stevie Blacke; Uli Janson; Henrik Janson. Pink's insistently hooky, attitude-filled pop-rock has kept the singer a fixture on the radio and on singles charts since the ea...
Song List: Disc 1
1. So What
2. Sober
3. I Don't Believe You
4. One Foot Wrong
5. Please Don't Leave Me
6. Bad Influence
7. Funhouse
8. Crystal Ball
9. Mean
10. It's All Your Fault
11. Ave Mary A
12. Glitter In the Air
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Label: LaFace (USA)
Artist: Pink (P!nk)
Release Date: October 28, 2008

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