A few words on the new releases from P!nk and The Killers…
The Truth About Love doesn’t actually do what it says on the tin - I was expecting a few more ballads, Funhouse-style, but this is pretty much massive pop-rock hit after massive pop-rock hit. The collaborations from Fun. frontman Nate Reuss, Eminem and criminally underused Lily Allen/Cooper are all fantastic and the strange but refreshing country nursery-rhyme style choruses that feature in tracks like Just Give Me A Reason and How Come You’re Not Here expand on the circus flavours from her last studio album. It’s pretty much P!nk as you always knew her, but with much less Max Martin which means this collection isn’t ever in danger of veering into Kelly Clarkson territory. Big highlights include new single Try (emotional sucker punch to the gut) and the bonkers Slut Like You, which you can hear above.
As for The Killers - well they probably could have done with sticking to their template a bit more and playing by the numbers. Battle Born is more defined and coherent than Day & Age and when the 80’s references (particularly Meatloaf…) work, boy do they work. The choruses are huge and Brandon’s vocals are as smooth and powerful as ever. But apart from a few stand out tracks, The Killers remain as lyrically dull as usual and don’t have the melodies to back it up. It’s the second time (third if you count Sawdust) that the band have failed to live up to the perfect Sam’s Town, and I’m not going to get my hopes up that they ever will match it. Lead single Runaways is a strong grower and tracks like The Way It Was and Here With Me recall at least a glimpse of the glory days. Best song title goes to the glittery and camp Flesh And Bone, which I’m sure will end up as a single at some point.
Since the last addition to the Wall of Fame was about P!nk promising not to spill the milk at dinner, I thought it would make perfect sense to include Marina (of “Marina & The Diamonds” “fame”) gloating about spilling the milk at breakfast.
Do you think that says a lot about success? P!nk apologised and promised never to do it again - she’s now VERY successful and much loved all over the world. Marina didn’t give a fuck and even laughed in our faces - and her last single didn’t exactly set the charts on fire…
Anyway, I love them both and although her “I’m absolutely BONKERS” routine can get a bit annoying sometimes, this is one of my favourite songs and always brings a smile to my face.
I wonder how much milk Nadine Coyle must have spilled in her career to end up in the state she’s in right now…
It definitely feels like the right time for P!nk’s debut on the Wall of Fame, so here is my favourite moment ever.
My parents are (fortunately) still together and very rarely argued in front of me and my siblings, so the fact that this song (especially the lyric about spilling milk) can still pull at my heart strings without me being able to relate to it, is - quite frankly - an amazing feat.
Well done P!nk.