Lost In A Melody

P!nk in the Radio 1 Live Lounge part 2 - in which she performs Try effortlessly and reminds me why I voted for it as the best single of the year in the Popjustice 2012 Reader’s Poll

P!nk recreates her breathtaking video for Try live at the American Music Awards. Best live performance of the year.

Well P!nk has just delivered the best music video of the year. Potentially one of the most visually incredible promos of her entire career too.

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.

P!nk’s version of Try was premiered on radio last night - and as I predicted, the production is much rockier than the demo. I’m not 100% sure I like how hard the beat is (sounds like it was just added to make it more radio friendly) and I hate the weird musical bit that acts as the pre-chorus, but with those flaws aside, this is a brilliant, booming song. It’s a genuine, heartfelt P!nk anthem that I had stuck in my head instantly and it’s quite a sad, emotional track at the same time. How does she do it?!

It might be P!nk by numbers, but as Popjustice rightly pointed out, that’s not exactly a bad thing. Finally, anyone else getting Lullaby by Nadine Coyle vibes? Just me? :|

Here’s a demo of P!nk’s upcoming single Try, sung by the writers. The new version has apparently been reproduced by Greg Kurstin and been described as an “anthem” so I’m expecting the finished track will sound a lot faster and rockier - but even from this haunting original, it sounds like it will be an epic, Sober style ballad. CAN’T WAIT.