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P!nk Try This Review

Album. Released 2003.  

BBC Review

She carries on the party spirit with a taster of first rate pop punk rawk, with a dash...

Jacqueline Hodges 2002

P!nk returns with her third album and follow up to the multi-platinum success of 2001's M!ssundaztood. Try This seesP!nk officially going 'a bit Rancid' by hooking up with Tim Armstrong of the aforementioned punk rockers for some production and co-writing pleasure. She carries on the party spirit with a taster of first rate pop punk rawk, with a dash of R'n'B to get you in the mood but this time delivered on a bed of fun.

Armstrong's first serving is current single, "Trouble", a beefy blast of high-energy rock stomp. P!nk captures the vibe of the teenage anarchy to the 'T'. Try This feels like a natural progression from it's predecessor (which can only be a good thing). It will please P!nk fans with its consistency and even has it's own "Get The Party Started" in track two which becomes as infectious as Mumps after a few listens. As a single, "God Is A DJ" has the making of a floorfilling anthem. Expect to hear this blasting out of speakers soon as it'splayed to death on daytime radio.

Armstrong's work on tracks like the laid back groove of "Save My Life" and the rebellion of "Humble Neighbourhoods" provide the tastier chunks of the album. But "Waiting For Love", described by Pink as her "first proper love song", also stands out. Co-written with old pal Linda Perry it intersperses with the punk funk for a moment to take her off on a Zeppelin-esq tangent.

Love from a slightly different perspective comes when electroclash hardcore diva Peaches joins Pink on "Oh My God". A slightly sleazy and subtly dirty exploration of naughtiness - tame by Peaches standards, but rather grown up in comparison to the rest of the album but not as great as you may assume.

Pink brings in some more famous friends for "Feel Good Time" which is written by Beck and produced by William Orbit. The funky basslines and swingy guitarsmake this song a bit special.

The album has the potential to be girl power for the 21st Century and rebrand the colour pink for a new generation of women - sassy attitude, clear cut lyrics and versatile style that can sound sweet yet powerful. It should help P!ink take the next steps towards becoming a formidable female pop icon.

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