“If you’re just some habit that I gotta break,
I can clear my system in 90 days,” P!nk pleads. Instant goosebumps. The song could be about anything but yet feels deeply personal.
It’s a piece of clever writing that epitomises what her eighth studio album is all about. ‘Hurts 2B Human’ traverses love, family, expectations, politics and having fun – all trademark modern P!nk.
Created as she’s toured the world, she has worked with an array of writers and producers outside her normal crew. Yes Greg Kurston still appears (as does Max Martin) but there are some amazing new writers on the scene. Wrabel, Peter Thomas, Sia and Ryan Tedder all appear and all deliver the goods.
Vocally, P!nk remains flawless throughout. It’s not as if it was a secret early in her career, but her voice continues to find new levels of awesomeness. There’s power, there’s pain, there’s a life lived in there. It comes out across several songs on the album, which is what endears her to so many fans around the world.
As you work your way through the songs on the album, the passion and messaging is clear. From lead single ‘Walk Me Home’ to ballad ‘The Circle Game’, you have a chance to catch a glimpse of the individual behind the songs.
What I liked most about this album was just how relatable it was.
The lyric I quoted at the start of the album applies to so many aspects of life. It’s like P!nk is speaking to me – something I’m sure a lot of fans will feel when they hear this album.
‘Hurts 2B Human’ is a reminder of all the curiosities and challenges of life – and how the pain isn’t all bad… It can help shape who we are and a better world around us.
P!nk remains one of Australia’s favourite imports and is revered like one of our own.
VERDICT : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : 90 Days (ftg. Wrabel), Courage, We Could Have It All, Circle Game.