Review: P!nk — Beautiful Trauma

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 3:08 PM
Review: P!nk — Beautiful Trauma by Madi Gross

                                            Rating: ★★★★☆

Rock-pop artist P!nk released her new album in five years, “Beautiful Trauma,” which has a very different sound from her last album, “The Truth About Love.” This one is more raw than any album she has released in the past, featuring themes of strength, heartbreak and nostalgia. The record also varies in different types of sounds, featuring less rock and more pop/slow jams, than what listeners are used to hearing from the edgy artist.

The opening song on the album, “Beautiful Trauma,” is about heartbreak and is a seemingly appropriate song to open the album with. The song is a pop-like song; this allows the artist to introduce this sound to her listeners early on in the album, this is important because it is a common theme throughout the collection with the exception of a handful of the tracks.

“Revenge,” featuring Eminem, is about a breakup and is more pop-sounding than most other P!nk songs. Another song that shares the pop characteristic on the album is “Secrets,” which is towards the end of the album. Both of these songs offer slow-jam drum kit beats alongside a catchy riff playing over altogether paired with catchy vocal riffs and lyrics.

“But We Lost It” is a slower song, also about a heartbreak and losing a love. The lines “I want the same things we had back then/I know we had it but we lost it” really grab at the heart strings as does the song in its entirety.

One song that truly stands out to me is “Barbies,” which brings a sense of nostalgia and regret to the album. Lyrics in the chorus, “How fast things change, and now I’m here/and all I wanna do is go back to playing Barbies in my room,” bring a message of not growing up too quickly because things change so quickly and you may regret growing up too fast.

“I can’t shake the feeling/do you picture a better life?” P!nk questions in the track “Better Life.” In the song, she questions if her trying to be good enough is good enough for whomever she is addressing the question to. The song shows the artist’s more insecure side, which isn’t necessarily rare, but not particularly common due to her notable strong and empowering characteristics.

Another stand out track on the album is “I Am Here,” a song that questions in the chorus, “Where does everybody go when they go?” The song explains the artist has been through hardships and doesn’t know what to expect when she is “gone,” but she wants to make the best of what time she has “here.” Despite its rather deep meaning, the song is very upbeat and catchy.

The album closes with two very ballad-esque songs that have rather different meanings. “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” is a self-empowering song that encourages fighting for and not giving up on yourself. “This broken world keeps turning/I’ll never surrender, there’s nothing, but a victory,” are lyrics that stand out the most on this track; they truly support the meaning of the song.

“You Get My Love” is overall a really beautiful song about giving your love to somebody although you’ve made mistakes or have done things that may otherwise make that questionable. It’s a slow ballad like song that features a soft piano playing and the soft and smooth voice of the artist. It’s another very raw song on the album.

Overall, I thought the album’s title “Beautiful Trauma” really fit the messages she was trying to send with the album. If these experiences really did happen and P!nk used them as inspiration to write this truly beautiful album, I have a new respect for her.

Standout tracks: "Where We Go," "I Am Here" and "Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken"

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Madi Gross can be reached at musics.spectator@gmail.com.

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