Pink is absolutely not dead, and that's a very, very good thing. I'm Not Dead is simply one of the finest mainstream pop albums by an established artist to be released in recent years. It's more consistent than Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway and more focused than Gwen Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby. Every song is artistically mature, engaging, and polished. Welcome back, Pink!
Striking Balance Between Intimacy and Entertainment
Pink has long been a songwriter who leans in the intensely personal, confessional direction. However, she has rarely been as pointed in her socio-political views as in the hit "Stupid Girls" and the searing anti-Bush "Dear Mr. President." That would seem a downer to those looking primarily for entertainment, but Pink has the wit and style to carry it off while keeping the fun value high.
"Stupid Girls" is musically a dance/hip hop gem and "Dear Mr. President" is a folkie singalong. With Pink's deft skills, statements about celebrity excess, teen runaways, and the angst of a 13-year-old are all fine tuned for maximum musical engagement.
Top Tracks From Pink's I'm Not Dead
- Stupid Girls
- Dear Mr. President
- I'm Not Dead
- Cuz I Can
- Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)
Top-Notch Collaboration - Billy Mann, Butch Walker, Max Martin, Indigo Girls
One of Pink's gifts as a performer is an unerring feel for finding the best musical collaborators. Her second album M!ssundaztood was fueled by collaboration with a then relatively untested Linda Perry (now the svengali behind James Blunt). Pink's last album Try This is infused with the spirit of Rancid's Tim Armstrong as primary producer. This time around she has called on songwriting and production collaboration assistance from Billy Mann (producer of Teddy Geiger's recent top 10 Underage Thinking) for the bulk of the album. In addition, star producers Butch Walker and Max Martin make distinctive appearances. The Indigo Girls lend their sizable instrumental and background vocal punch to "Dear Mr. President."
I'm Not Dead - Tight, Focused, and Loads of Fun
Listening to I'm Not Dead's 13 songs, plus a bonus collaboration between Pink and her father James Moore not mentioned in the accompanying booklet, is a breeze. Whether it's the rock stomp of "Cuz I Can," the Butch Walker contributed bubblegum-on-speed buzz of "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)," or the rootsy, blues-soaked "The One That Got Away," your attention will not waver. The entire project is unified by the distinctive, slightly raw, vocal presence of Pink and her idiosyncratic personality of authentic care coupled with an anarchic drive for independence. All pop fans should put this album immediately into frequent rotation. You won't be sorry.