The Problem With... P!nk's "Raise Your Glass"
Piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiink's coming out with a new album, so we better get this party started.
We all know Pink (or is it P!nk?) as the punkish champion of all the "underdog" kids in high school. It's great marketing. I wish other artists would... oh yeah, they all do. To her credit, though, Pink's voice seems to indicate that she invests a bit of experience and emotion into her music. She also advocates for a few charities and causes and I have no problem with that.
"Speak Up and Sing" I say--so long as she doesn't repeat that dripping-wet Cirque Du Soleil thing she did at the Grammys back in January. That was just weird.
Anyway, the "dealio" with her new single, "Raise Your Glass," is that it sounds too much like tracks that Katy Perry and others have recently dished out, with their poppy guitar chords and the party beat.
The other problem? Her cliche-filled lyrics undermine her talent and passion. This track has stale lines all over. You can't get more derivative than this line: "Slam, slam / Oh, hot damn." Meanwhile, the bridge in this track has a crooked line ("Don't be fancy / just get dancey") followed by a line that I thought died at the water coolers in 2008 ("Why so serious?"). The Joker, she ain't.
So, OK: With a derivative sound and stale lines, "Raise Your Glass" just isn't a great example of what Pink can do well.
I could say that Pink opened the door for other pop artists to do odd and provocative stuff, but she was hardly the first.
Besides, I just hear the "wrong in all the right ways" bit from the chorus as "rebellious in all the legally and socially acceptable ways."
Then again, maybe that's why I can't write pop music.