Pink drops new (and gloomy) album
Things are not as perfect as they might seem in the land of Pink.
The three-time Grammy winner may have loads of money, two children and an 11-year marriage, but her new album is filled with unease and regret.
"Freeze frame, pause, rewind, stop," she sings on Beautiful Trauma, a 13-track CD that taps into what could be called soccer mom angst.
Success hasn't made Pink happier: "Now I'm here and all I wanna do is go back to playing Barbies in my room."
It's a carefully curated, slick album of bitter songs from a singer returning to pop after five years away. She's usually an icon of empowerment and strength, but here seems defeated.
Among the missteps is a duet with Eminem that sounds like it was rejected five years ago when the pair last collaborated, and the dance song, Secrets, that makes Pink sound like Kylie Minogue.
Pink is 38 now, and the music landscape has changed.
But Pink's voice is better than ever, and she's leaned on A-list producers including Greg Kurstin, Max Martin and Jack Antonoff but this is basically a break-up album from a woman in a committed relationship. If there's any social commentary, it is muted.
Many songs seem as if she just woke up and realised the guy next to her is a total creep. Yet the liner notes thanks husband Carey Hart as "my muse and my love", and "You are the rock that we cling to".