Top Songs of 2012 – #11
I haven’t gotten around to reviewing or ranking Pink’s latest album, The Truth About Love, but when I do it will rank right up there with the best records I heard this year.
I’m relatively new to Pink — 2008’s Funhouse was the first of her albums I heard, and the only one before picking up The Truth About Love. Both of these records reveal a confident, talented, brazen woman with a powerhouse voice and great songwriting chops.
This is an appropriate random selection for the middle of my musical genome project.
I like Pink. I like her songs, I like her voice, I like her attitude. And I really like the one album of hers I own, 2008’s Funhouse, from which this SOTD is pulled.
And yet, I have never considered buying Pink’s earlier albums, nor would I rush out to buy whatever she puts out next.
Yesterday’s post on Marah touched on a favorite topic of mine: the impact of expectations. But it was also a good illustration of another phenomenon I’ve encountered over my years of music listening: the second impression.
Sometimes an album just doesn’t hit me during my first listen, or even my first few listens, but weeks, months or even years later I’ll pick it up again and find that it really gets to me.
One of the best examples is Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which went from a shoulder-shrugger to one of my all-time favorite albums after a long break.