After a solid five years of only three single releases, P!nk has jumped back into the music world with her album “Beautiful Trauma,” and consequently reminded everyone of her immense talent and beautiful vocals. This album is full of her experiences with love and life struggles, like much of her previous work.
The title track and introduction to the album, “Beautiful Trauma,” starts off on an especially upbeat and positive note. While the song starts off slow, it quickly picks up to a louder instrumental, giving you a rush of energy for the rest of the album. The track also seems to fade out for a long amount of time, but does not take away from the uniqueness and happy ambiance that the rest of the song conveys. The tempo changes several times and represents her fluctuating emotions toward her “love” and her “drug.” Her oxymoronic title of “Beautiful Trauma” shows her complex relationship with the person who she’s singing about.
The most popular song from this release according to Spotify is the single “What About Us,” which, it has been speculated, may be about a personal relationship or the current political climate.
“We were willin’, we came when you called / But man, you fooled us, enough is enough.” Despite the potential meaning, the song is uninteresting and repetitive. The tempo switches between the quiet instrumental in the beginning and the slightly faster section in the chorus, which makes it feel like the song never goes anywhere nor offers much variety in tempo. Her vocals add more energy, but the background feels too dull and stays too consistent the whole time.
“But We Lost It” is the first ballad-like song on the album and is my favorite one by far. P!nk has never shied away from a ballad, but this one speaks volumes about her talent, since her singing range is demonstrated beautifully. This is accompanied by the wonderful flow of the song, the perfectly placed layering of her voice and the simple, yet graceful piano. Furthermore the entire song is entangled in the lyrics detailing a relationship that was once interesting, but has dissolved into a meaningless one. The track is easily the best recorded and produced of the album.
The final track, “You Get My Love,” is a complete inverse of the introduction, as the sultry piano fades in and immediately hits us with a sense of melancholy and heartache. Her lyrics seem to tell the story of a woman sulking over her mistakes, but telling her husband that they should love each other despite past events. This is another ballad found on the album, and is significantly sadder than others. Despite the song having this tone, I wish the piano had picked up more when her vocals got louder, as that would have made the song sound more complete.
Overall, this release is a great transition back for P!nk. Many of the songs sound very similar to those on her last album, “The Truth About Love,” and the lack of variety — in tempo, lyrics and theme — is my biggest critique for this album. It’s also worth noting that her voice in every single song was stunning. The sameness in style from songs both on this album, as well as the last one, “The Truth About Love,” make it less interesting to listen to, however the beautiful vocals, themes and transitions from upbeat to sad tracks redeem the album, and excite me for what P!nk will create in the future.