The Bottom Line
Pink and Max Martin make putting together a hit record sound effortless. They have collaborated on Pink's last three top 10 hits including the #1 smash "So What." This time out it's a pop anthem celebrating underdogs that many fans are certain to take to heart. No particularly new sounds here, but this song is very easy to like.
- Instant connection to her audience
- Anthemic celebration of personal uniqueness
- Rousing, catchy chorus
- Lacks in musical originality
- Written by Pink, Max Martin, and Shellback
- Produced by Max Martin and Shellback
- Released October 2010 by LaFace
Guide Review - Pink - "Raise Your Glass"
So how do you provide good promotion for your upcoming greatest hits collection? If you are Pink, you put out a hit single that simply reminds pop fans what you are about, how you are unique, and why they should take your music to heart. "Raise Your Glass" is a perfect track for that purpose. It is not original. It purely coalesces much of what has made Pink one of the most underrated but consistently successful pop artists of the past 10 years.
Pink says of "Raise Your Glass" simply, "I wanted to write a song about underdogs." The protagonists of many of her hit singles have never been part of the popular crowd. There is always a sense of the outsider or the individual that has to struggle against major odds. "Raise Your Glass" is a celebration of all of those characters. It is the chance to celebrate, as she sings, "If you are wrong in all the right ways."
Compared with a stereotypical mainstream female pop singer, Pink is always a bit raspier, and a bit harder edged. You would most likely not want to get in a fight with her. She is the one you want on your side. However, there is a softer side that can show up on songs like "Glitter In the Air" that can touch a listener as powerfully as any of her competitors. That range is represented well in "Raise Your Glass." Pink is there to comfort the "dirty little freaks" while at the same time leading them in a defiant celebration of themselves.
"Raise Your Glass" is a mainstream pop anthem that sounds durable. This song could soundtrack a wide range of films or TV as well as real life parties and events. If you need a record to celebrate personal uniqueness, you don't need to turn anywhere else. Pink is your artist, and "Raise Your Glass" is your song.