P!nk - I'm Not Dead

P!nk – I’m Not Dead

Three years after Try This in 2003, P!nk is back to remind us that she’s still alive and kicking with the apt title of her new album, I’m Not Dead. And seriously, P!nk is more alive than we’ve ever seen her.

 A fantastic compilation of hits, P!nk reveals a new side of herself with I’m Not Dead. Of course, the usual quirky songs so expected of P!nk are not forgotten.

This album provides a whole range – chill out, rock out, and the same old P!nk spunk that we’ve all grown to love.

You’ve seen the hilarious video for her first single, Stupid Girls (and if you haven’t, where have you been? Watch it here!) but don’t let that mislead you, I’m Not Dead is not all fun and games. P!nk goes into deeper issues and into her own life with this one.

 P!nk, without her usual smugness but with what seems to be a newfound bout of courage, speaks out as the voice of her country with the track Dear Mr. President.

P!nk collaborates with the Indigo Girls in a plea to their president with a series of heart-wrenching questions –  How do you sleep while the rest of us cry? How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye? How do you walk with your head held high? Can you even look me in the eye?

Even if you’re not from the United States, this song pulls some serious heartstrings.

 On a lighter note, P!nk heats it up with the sultry tunes of Cuz I Can. Here’s a bit more of the P!nk that we’re used to, as she brazenly mocks and taunts. “I can fit your whole house into my swimming pool, I don’t play your rules, I make my own,” she jeers.

The song saves the album from bordering on blandness – the sad songs can get a bit tiresome if you’re not in the mood for them – so it’s a welcome change from the generally slower pace P!nk has taken.

Don’t miss the naughty bonus track, Fingers, placed especially for international listeners (that means us!). Without revealing too much, let’s just say   P!nk isn’t shy about telling us how she “let’s her fingers do the walking”. You have to hear this one for yourself.

 Throughout a whole range of deep, controversial and sad songs, P!nk’s voice, along with her character, has developed new strength. Listen out for Conversations with my 13-year-old self, where P!nk comforts the younger version of herself in her pain. The vocals here are especially powerful, raw, and emotional – a standard that applies through the entire album.

What’s entirely refreshing for an artiste like P!nk is how she stands her ground. Through all her four albums, she’s stuck to the same root message in all her songs. Independence, strength, and girls who stand up for themselves. P!nk is just one of the few artists who has not only stuck to her guns, but made a killer new album out of it.

 Rating: 4 or 5 stars

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