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Those Stupid Girls Got Nothin' On P!nk
I'm Not Dead - P!nk
Member Name: GramiWay
I'm Not Dead - P!nk
Advantages: Amazing lyrics and lots of different topics dealt with, catchy good pop songs
Disadvantages: Bit of filler towards the end
Pink's real name is Alecia Beth Moore and her rise to fame began in 2000 with the RnB orientated 'Can't Take Me Home'. However she became much bigger with the release of her sophomore effoer 'M!zundastood' in early 2002 known for it's more pop-rock orientated feel and would be the platform for her next two albums [the third being 'Try This' released in 2003].
'I'm Not Dead' itself was huge across the world reaching the top 10 in 18 countries and selling over a million copies in both the UK and USA whilst being certified 5x platinum in Australia where it was the most successful.
Below is something new for me as I will rate each track individually and explain a little bit about it so I hope it works.
01 - Stupid Girls [09/10]
Whilst I personally find this to be one of the weaker tracks on the record musically, the message and lyrics [and the video which I strongly reccomend you watch on youtube if you've never seen it]
are hilarious. It's just one of many examples of Pink speaking her mind and getting her point across in this case using the catchy pop feel and farcical sound of the song to poke fun at the so-called 'plastic'
celebrities and the fact that there are not enough strong female role models for girls. The vide oas I mentioned is hilarious and really allows you to appreciate where she's going artistically with this track.
02 Who Knew [10/10]
The best track on the album and one of my favourite songs of all time. I interpret it as losing someone you love though P!nk has stated it is about losing a lot of her friends to drug abuse. The song is quite personal and the touching lyrics
and the breathtaking display of emotion in her voice makes it one of the most powerful tracks Pink has ever recorded and was co-written by Max Martin who has previously worked with Britney Spears, Robyn and the Backstreet Boys.
A beautiful song that I think everybody can relate to on some level.
03 Long Way To Happy [07/10]
Pink keeps up the grungy, rock feel here again really putting her powerful, voice on display. Though I find this song to be weak musically the lyrics are once more
very thought provoking and open to a lot of different interpretations.
04 Nobody Knows [07/10]
The first proper ballad on the CD sees P!nk discussing the pain we keep inside so nobody on the outside can see it. It again is quite a personal track and it seems that Pink has put herself
through the emotional wringer over the course of writing this album. There's so much emotion etched out in every word she sings though the song does tend to grate after a while.
05. Dear Mr President [09/10]
Probably the most controversial track on the record [even so then the odes to masturbation] this track is perceived as an open letter to George W Bush. It's Pink mixing politics with music and using music as a tool to reach people with her own personal opinions
once more. The song is a slow acoustic number and features the American rock/folk duo The Indigo Girls. The lyrics show that Pink is leagues ahead of her pop rivals with an honest and bitter view of the president clearly expressed with my favourite line being
'How do you sleep while the rest of us cry' it just spells out so much.
06. I'm Not Dead [09/10]
The album's title track is a slow but catchy pop fueled track that sees Pink moving from quiet verses to a rushed chorus as though she's moving between moods.
It's a nice way to carry on from the last track.
07. Cuz I Can [08/10]
I find this to be too similar to 'U + Ur Hand' but not as good though it has a real tongue-in cheek, fast paced, upbeat vibe to it, it's worth listening to the funny vocals and
the way Pink delivers some of the lines in the song though I felt it was a bit of a contradiction as she deciphers herself here as a lot of the things she was ranting about back in 'Stupid Girls'.
08 Leave Me Alone [I'm Lonely] [10/10]
This track is a nice little contradiction all wrapped up in a confusing pop mess of a blanket. The melody of the song seems to move in sync with the inner turmoil Pink is having whilst singing as she can't make up her mind if she wants to be loved or left alone.
It has really good lyrics and will no doubt be one of the song that stays in your head after you've heard the whole album.
09 U + Ur Hand [10/10]
Another tongue-in cheek offering here relating to masturbation. An obsession Pink seems to fgind hard to steer away from here. It's nice to see such a catchy, uptempo track still has a place and fits in quite well against the sometimes
extremely serious tracks on the CD. There's an angsty, bitter and confident vibe radiating from this track as Pink spits out the vocals about not needing a man to be strong that has so far been lacking from this album a bit compared to her others.
10 Runaway [09/10]
Runaway is full of teenage angst and is quite obvious about the turmoils of growing up. It's nice to see Pink deliver another belter of a song that is catchy in its own right but has a great set of lyrics that can
really bring out a lot of emotion in you.
11 The One That Got Away [08/10]
The album's tone does dip down a bit from this point onwards with in my opinion a lot of filler. This track is quite nice because it sees Pink actually tackle the topic of love and if whether she's just given up 'the one'
though musically it's rather bland.
12. I Got Money Now [06/10]
I was very unsure of this track and will go as far as to dub it the worst track here and quite a pointless addition to the CD.
13 Conversations With My 13 Year Old Self [08/10]
Pink finishes up with a beautiful and stunning ballad about talking to her teenage self. It's yet another track about teenage angst but it works so well here, stripped back without the angry feeling
of some of her other tracks in this vein.
Depending on the version of the CD you purchase there are a few bonus tracks and additions such as 'Fingers' in which Pink talks about filming herself masturbating...
Overall I find this album to be a huge stepup from the disappointing 'Try This' though there are a few duds here and personally I think the album would've worked better with only 11 or 12 songs but it's worth buying for the lyrics alone as Pink
has a very cheeky but bluntly honest way of criticising herself, those around her and using her music as something a lot more than rolling around with hardly any clothes on.
Summary: A strong debut which leaves all the competition trailing in its wake