SINGLE REVIEW: P!nk – Hustle

Where’s the old P!nk gone? Where is the sassy rage filled choruses about heartbreak and cheating? Where is the fuel gone for some of you favourite anthems? That’s what I’ve found myself asking over the past couple of years. With the release of ‘Beautiful Trauma’ I realised that she’s fairly happy right now and feeling empowering, which is great for her personal life but not great for her music. What this means is that she’s softened a little and isn’t the same bad ass you used to know. There is still some angst there from her discourses that are holding on for dear life but they aren’t the same. She’s switching up her signature pop-rock sound for a polished pop production and folk-pop influenced storytelling. ‘Hustle’ is the second single from her forthcoming eighth studio album ‘Hurts 2B Human’ which surpassingly comes only a year and a half after ‘Beautiful Trauma’. Backed with a upbeat and funky production this single delivers Pixie Lott vibes and has you questioning where P!nk has gone? It almost sounds unrecognisable. I wanted something a little more punchy because the potential is there. With lyrics like ‘Don’t hustle me. Don’t fuck with me” she really could go all in with it. But instead she takes it to a gospel church during the third verse before taking it straight to funk town. it’s not a bad song, it’s just very different for P!nk and not really the artistry you expect. Also, it is a little forgettable in the grand scheme of things.