Hurts 2B Human
Released in 2019, 13 tracks, 47 min
"Hurts 2B Human"
NUMBER ONE OR NUMBER P!NK?
You and I know that so many albums have retained number one spot on music charts across the world, some may even occupy the position twice with different albums, but what more can you say about three consecutive albums topping charts like Billboard 200? Alicia Beth Moore might not have the ovation and attention Beyonce Knowles-Carter and her contemporaries enjoy, but this feat deserves some respect you can’t overlook. The last two albums before Hurts 2B Human, “The Truth About Love (2012)”, and “Beautiful Trauma (2017)” enjoyed successive stints on the number one spot of the billboard 200, guess what? ‘Hurts’ is not letting this slide too, which makes it easy to assume that her best is yet to come. With over 90million records sold worldwide, she is ranked as one of the world’s best selling music artistes, and career accolades like Grammy Awards and so many more make her recognized for her good vibes, and energetic live performances. P!nk has always been unique, she has well documented this in her albums; most of her productions have been all about “I don’t care yo, and I’m not trying to fit in”. She’s being in the game for over two decades, but her pop fusion can be strongly linked with outsiders and rebels, unlike her contemporary pop stars. – Weird or Awkward? Whichever way you call it is probably right! Because if you have to talk about her genre – pop – it isn’t something you would call alternative music, but Pink has strangely balanced these worlds over the years. She has never tried to be the coolest songwriter or musician, you could tell from her emotional rawness, humor and communicable dance beats, but she's shown us herself which is aptly enough. Pink is simply a badass, and a pure one at that, but Hurts 2B Human is rather a reflection of her vulnerable and careful self, it is sad and loaded with past regrets, yet, the album still found its way to the top. Her albums engender deep songs that are impeccably flouting industry style, laced with attitude and a seeming genre rebellion. It is safe to say that her achievements have fallen short of deserved recognition, which is quite SHOCKING! She hardly gets mentioned in conversations about great musicians in her era, and most importantly among her pops folks. Some people may argue that she can out-crazy Lady Gaga, and out-sing most of these pop artistes because she is a total pop-star package, but somehow, she is oddly off the radar, probably a price for breaking borders. If you knew about how “Beautiful Trauma“ broke best sales figures in 2017, and how Hurts 2B Human is topping 9 different charts now, coupled with her strings of electrifying performances, then you would surely understand why so many people love her unique career path. You may not grade her as your favorite while some may not even know her, but so many people consider her their icon.
HUSTLE FIRST, THE REST IS HISTORY
If you want to have a lengthy talk about the breed-of-badass pink is, then “Hustle” is really one way to close that chapter. The irony is; it is the first track from the album, but it is arguably the last track that connects you with her deep energy, vibe, craze, and rebellion level. The rest of the tracks are coated with sadness and truncated energy that you would not imagine coming from a god of crazy. “Hustle” is real, "Hustle" is the vibe, it isn’t necessarily what you may want to listen to everywhere you go, but it certainly has the attitude that lifts you off the numb zone. One of Imagine Dragons’ very own, Daniel Reynolds helped P!nk develop the lyrics to this song, little wonder why it has an elating rock structure. It is some jazzy track, a retro feet-tapping sonorous music with outbursts against an estranged lover hustling her and probably f*cking with her, “I gave you soft, I gave you sweet/Just like lion you came for sheep/Oh no, don’t try to hustle me/You took my love, mistook it for weakness/I guarantee I won’t repeat this…” These lines create imagery of someone she's dropped her guard for but obviously isn't attaching any values to it, she has never been compromised, but when she finally did, it is mistaken for weakness. So, it is an outburst, or could be viewed as a regret, since she wouldn’t want to repeat such “mistake”. Now this is the part Pink mood comes into play, she is raw and apologetic about it, and her outburst is straight at the target, no shortcuts, this is obvious from phrases like “…I live my life like a bullet in a gun/Don’t fuck with me/Bitch please, don’t try to hustle me”. Yes, Pink is goofy, but that’s just her, and she doesn’t hide it in her pop music.
YOUR ALTER EGO CAN BE AS GOOD AS YOU
Aside from showing the world the badass angle, it is enthralling to get to know the vulnerable part of her in “Walk Me Home”, and it is unsurprising that she is equally good at being vulnerable. I mean so many people recognize you for being off the edge, they have become used to it, then you show them a contrasting version of you, and they still couldn’t love you less. That’s some legendary stuff! This track is the headlining song in the album, and it was released prior to the full album. The track attempts to explain to the world that she is only human, and no matter how carefree she may appear, she has a more emotional, sad or vulnerable personality, “… There is something in the way I wanna cry/that makes me think we’ll make it out alive”. Walk Me Home is catchy, the booming vocals are electrifying, and it is cooked with necessary ingredients that attract the eardrum, but some may argue that the song only aimed for inspiration, and in the process, it has lost the expected touch of roughness. The song is vocoder-loaded, and it has a gigantic chorus that could swallow you no matter your size – the no-playing-safe queen is suddenly concerned about depth? The track is undoubtedly good, and the lyrics are stimulating but it might not be what you would seek if you already knew Pink.
SAY HI TO THE NEW QUEEN OF INSPIRATION
Indubitably, P!nk proves herself to be more than just what we think she is; the carefree songstress that doesn’t dwell on what the outside world thinks is apparently now a queen of inspiration, and she does it so well. The song, Hurts 2B Human is a reflection of life as humans, the struggles that come with it, and how it could have been worse if there are no important persons to pull you through the flames. It’s a duet between Pink herself and Khalid ‘the boy of the moment’, this jam is really what it takes to keep going, and 3minutes spent “vibing” to it will hit the core values of your mind and body. No doubts, the “Young Dumb & Broke” crooner synced perfectly with the queen of rebellious pop on this track, dropping lyrics that could cause mind shift. Mind-blowing lyrics include, “like we’re walking down a road of broken glass/Now if we defeat all odds/And it was us against the world/You can count on me/You know I’d have your back.
Sad, Beautiful And Brave
P!nk is known for not holding back on how she feels. Through her refreshing punk approach, she has carved out her own section in the pop genre. She is unique, refreshing, artistic and badass. And true to form, she takes us on a trip through her personal highs and lows through her catalogue of song. Her latest offering, Hurts 2B Human, is a vulnerable introspective look into P!nk’s soul. There is no other way to say this - the album is sad. Luckily she does sad well. My favourite P!nk song is a hidden gem from her 2008 Funhouse album called “I Don’t Believe You.” While listening to Hurts 2B Human I was instantly reminded of the raw and beautiful emotion that she offered on this earlier album. Back in 2008, P!nk was going through a very public separation for her then (and now) husband Carey Hart. Who knows what is going on to inspire this recent collection of songs. I won’t lie, I would have liked a bit more balance of party anthems sprinkled with a sprinkling of sad songs. But P!nk is an artist - and this is what she needs to put out into the universe at the moment - so I respect that. Besides a bunch of melancholy melodies that I’ll get to shortly, there are a few more upbeat songs on the album. “Hustle” is the first track on the record - and while I like it’s swing quality and badass attitude, it doesn’t seem to have a place among the rest of the songs, especially as the introduction to the rest of the album. It almost seems like false advertising for what is to come. Contrastingly, “Can We Pretend (feat. Cash Cash)” has a classic P!nk sound with a danceable track. It’s cute and humble and exactly what I want to hear from her. “Courage” is a simple and repetitive anthem about bringing about personal change in your life. Introspective and musically, the song builds to a powerful end. Now for the sad songs. I swear if you made a playlist of some of the deeper material on this album, you would have an epic line-up for a folk-fest. At times I thought a song would have been perfect as a duet with Brandi Carlisle. Next, I began to wonder if another song was produced by Mumford & Sons. Then back to a thoughtfully somber song that you would expect from Jann Arden. Regardless of the musicality, P!nk’s voice is always stunning. She has a clear yet raw quality when she sings - which makes her sad songs border on pretty. It makes the music easier to digest and take in. The last time I saw P!nk in concert, the arena was filled with (mostly) women and girls who were empowered and ready to rock out. They were there to channel their inner P!nk and rebel. They knew every lyric to “Raise Your Glass,” “So What,” and “U + Ur Hand.” As I listen to this album, I can’t help but think it’s a big departure from her past brassier anthems. Yes - it does fit better with the stylings of her Beautiful Trauma album - but how will all this translate in a 2-hour performance? If I were P!nk, I’d announce a stripped down acoustic promo tour that highlights her voice and performance skills. She has the vocal chops to pull it off…otherwise, I think if she mixes her full catalogue with new material, her concert will be more like a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Overall, I enjoyed listening to the album. It was definitely an album that continues P!nk’s story. It was filled with her characteristic charm and personality and vulnerability. P!nk is the first to remind us that she is just like us. Just another human who hurts and feels too much. After the first listen through, I saved a few of the songs…not that I was instantly in love with them but knowing that they will grow on/with me. Like all music, there is a time for every mood. Perhaps it’s because P!nk’s music has a timeless quality to it. You’ll have your music on shuffle and one of her classic songs will come and perfectly fit that moment in your life. Hurts 2B Human is deeply personal and I feel like these songs will be just as compelling in a decade as they are right now. And although I don’t need a collection of sad songs at my fingertips right now, there will come a day that I know this music will become my beautiful soundtrack.
By far, my favourite song from the album. This song is eerily beautiful, especially with P!nk and just the guitar. The lyrics are brilliant and powerful. This isn’t a song that many pop divas could pull off. I think most pop stars are essentially overly produced personas that separate themselves from their true self. So getting lost in the vulnerability of real emotion just doesn’t fit like it does with P!nk.
Powerful And Addictive
This song stands out on the album because of the mild use of digital auto-tuning to accompany P!nk’s voice - which I haven’t heard on her past music. I am not overly familiar with Wrabel - but apparently the Huffington Post warned us that he was an artist that we should be aware of…back in 2014. So, they were right. The power of their combined vocals would definitely get them a standing ovation at the Grammy Awards. This is a song that I can easily put on repeat and belt out over and over.
Beauty And The Country Singer
This haunting song really sounds like it belongs on country radio - in a good way. But I want you to listen it and imagine a version without Chris Stapleton. While I believe that Wrabel added so much to the prior song, I feel like Chris distracts from the strength and honesty in her voice. Stapleton does have a rough contrasting bravado to her angelic notes but it’s not enough to actually add to this song. Let’s hope that a solo version comes out on a ‘greatest hits’ album down the road.
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- Apr 26, 2019