ALBUM REVIEW: P!NK – Beautiful Trauma
P!nk is an artist who doesn’t really need an introduction. She’s remained one of the biggest names in pop for the past 17 years and continually breaks records with each record and tour she releases. Her seventh studio album “Beautiful Trauma” is expected to do the same with the songstress scheduled to be in Australia and New Zealand for three months solely to tour. However this is more a reflection on the brand she has created and the deep connection she has with her fans other than a direct reflection on the album. Instead of delivering empowering pop anthems and fuck you pop-rock singalong’s she’s gone down a more mature pop inclined path. The underwhelming collection of songs hears a couple of standout moments but the majority are middle of the road tracks you would expect from any pop newcomer. Title track “Beautiful Trauma” is probably the most “ classic P!nk” sounding track on the record and gives you the fiery attitude you wanted mixed with the emotional side you love. “Revenge” comes close to delivering the sassy attitude but the hook is a bit too predictable and could’ve been a bit more sassier to align with the rest of the song. Even Eminem can’t make the song a standout. I really love her emotional pop-ballads and I was waiting for something like “Sober” or “Try” to sweep me off my feet but “Whatever You Want” and “For Now” had the most potential but failed to have the same impact. While “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” and “You Get My Love” have some beautiful lyrics the delivery is forgettable to say the least. Apparently she’s a fan of this new country influence that pop music is embracing and she offers her take on the confusing “Where We Go” and “I Am Here” which could’ve been a beautiful ballads instead. She’s also a fan of the new tropical-pop trend which lead single “What About Us” successfully captured but she felt it was necessary to do it again on the average “Secrets” which does eventually grow on you. “Better Life” returns to her RNB-POP roots for a nostalgic track that you can’t help but smile along to. Surprisingly the records strongest moments comes from the mid-tempo stripped back tracks “But We Lost It” and “Barbies”. These intimate ballads showcase P!nk doing what she does best and that’s storytelling. She paints this beautiful and heartbreaking imagery while delivering perfectly constructed hooks. “They never say that you gotta grow up, quite this soon. How fast things change and now I’m here and all I wanna do is go back to playing barbies in my room”. As a whole this record is very tame with most of the songs becoming mediocre ballads. Almost cookie cutter. Or maybe it’s maturity? But whatever it is it will have you wishing for the old “fuck you” P!nk that you’ve come to know and love. There are brief glimpses of her but she gets lost amongst the production and it’s a tad disappointing. The album isn’t bad, it just isn’t great.