What You Need To Know - October 11, 2017

Pink's Beautiful Trauma: What You Need To Know
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Pink's Beautiful Trauma: What You Need To Know

The last time we got an album from Alecia Moore, better known to most as Pink, was in 2014 as one half of You + Me, the somewhat unlikely but nonetheless successful collaboration with City and Color man Dallas Green.

This week however she's back with her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma. Here's everything you need to know...


A little background...

Pink's last album was written and recorded during and shortly after the the singer's first pregnancy and, after touring, she unsurprisingly took some time out to focus on her family. The collaboration with Dallas Green clearly served to scratch a sort of creative itch, but after a well-deserved break the singer revealed in summer last year that her next album as Pink was already underway. Not that she hasn't kept herself busy in the meantime; in those intervening years she has teamed up with Sia on her debut single 'Waterfall', contributed a Beatles cover to the soundtrack of Netflix series Beat Bugs and recorded a cover of Jefferson Airplane's psychedelic hit 'White Rabbit' for the soundtrack of Alice Through the Looking Glass.


Who's producing it?

Pink has brought in a roster of big-hitting producers for her new album, including Bleachers mainman Jack Antonoff, Swedish hit machine Max Martin, Greg Kusrtin, Shhellback and Steve Mac (not be confused with the Bristol-based DJ of the same name), whose recent credits include Ed Sheeran's ubiquitous hit 'Shape of You' and Clean Bandit's 'Rockabye'. There are also songwriting credits for busbee and Julia Michaels.


Any special guests?

There's plenty of songwriting and production talent on the new album, but in terms of performers it's just Pink this time around.


What does it sound like?

After a five year gap between records in which Pink has become a mother for the second time and taken one or two artistic diversions, Beautiful Trauma feels like a conscious attempt to reaffirm who she is an artist, and you get the sense that this is as much for her own sake as it is for her fans. As such, the singer isn't reinventing herself here, so there are plenty of the big, powerful vocal performances that Pink has become known for, with a mixture of anthemic bangers and powerful ballads on offer here.

In the former camp is the politically-charged 'What About Us?', in which the singer rails against all forms of social injustice, while in the latter there are songs like the acoustic guitar-propelled 'Whatever You Want' and the raw and emotive title track, which sees Pink deliver one of the new album's most impressive vocal performances.


Does it deliver?

If you enjoyed Pink's artistic sidestep with You + Me, but secretly hoped that the singer would go back to her uniquely uncompromising pop persona, then you won't be disappointed with what's on offer on her seventh album. She's back to what she does best here and instead of chasing trends she delivers her own unique brand of powerful and gritty pop, one that's sure to make her fans glad that she's back and on top form.

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