Song of the Day #2,122: ‘Sober’ – Pink

pink_funhouseThis past week I dedicated a lot of time to the crop of pop divas who dominate the charts. But I’d trade every one of them for Pink, who doesn’t sell as many records but produces much more resonant music.

I’ve been meaning to buy (do I have to say “download” these days?) Pink’s early albums because I’m a huge fan of her most recent releases, Funhouse and The Truth About Love. Usually when I latch on to somebody’s new material I start digging back into their earlier work but I haven’t gotten around to that with Pink. Gotta do that.

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Song of the Day #1,773: ‘Are We All We Are?’ – Pink

pink_truth_about_lovePink’s The Truth About Love was one of last year’s best albums, better even than its predecessor Funhouse, another fine pop-rock record.

Pink has quietly (and loudly) become one of the best pop songwriters and performers recording today. She is adept at both pulsating anthems like today’s track and emotional balladry (such as her duet with fun.’s Nate Ruess that is currently all over the place).

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Song of the Day #1,624: ‘Try’ – Pink

pink_truth_about_loveTop 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.

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Song of the Day #1,520: ‘One Foot Wrong’ – Pink

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.

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Song of the Day #640: ‘Please Don’t Leave Me’ – Pink

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.

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