I named the album TRY THIS because I believe there are leaders and there are followers, and it feels really good to be a leader, and to try different things. I wish more people would do that. PINK
Pink has certainly earned the right to do whatever she damn well pleases. Her 2000 debut album, CAn't Take Me Home, recorded when Pink was just 18-years-old, yielded three Top 10 hits, There You Go, Most Girls and You Make Me Sick. The album was certified platinum and spent 59 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
But it was Pink's second album Missundazstood that catapulted her to international prominence and brought her massive critical acclaim. Released in November 2001 (after Pink scored a Grammy and MTV VMA for her participation in the Lady Marmalade hit single), Missundaztood was an undeniable testament to Pink's talent and range. Its "Get the Party Started" became the anthem of 2002 and turned out to be just the first of four hit singles to emerge from the album, which also included "Don't Let Me Get Me," "Just Like a Pill," and "Family Portrait." With worldwide sales of over 12 million copies, Pink was well on her way to megastardom.
But when it came time for Pink to record her third album, TRY THIS, she wasn't about to just hit repeat. "Last time, everyone thought I was crazy. I was completely changing directions and I didn't have a lot of support on my side until halfway through the album, Pink says. This time I could do whatever I wanted. I was gonna to death metal opera, but it didn't really work out," she jokes.
But Pink did use the creative freedom she fought so hard for on Missundaztood to reinvent herself once again. While Missundaztood could have been ripped from a chapter of Pink's personal diary (the Philly girl exorcised her personal demons with vivid snapshots of her tumultuous family life on that disc), TRY THIS reveals a more liberated, looser Pink. "Missundztood was a very deep, lyrical expression. It was therapy. This album isn't so heavy, she explains. Instead of writing only about myself, I worked in stories about a lot of different people."
When Pink began writing TRY THIS, she knew she wanted to work with Linda Perry again, who co-wrote and produced 8 tracks on Missundaztood, including Get the Party Started. "On this record, I started with Linda, because that's my safe place," Pink says. The chemistry was still there, and TRY THIS features three songs produced by Perry: the old-school R&B-flavored "Catch Me While I'm Sleeping (written by Perry), the Led-Zep flavored "Waiting for Love" (co-written by Pink and Perry) and the infectious "Try Too Hard."
But anyone who knows anything about Pink knows she's not willing to play it safe for long. Eager to push herself even further creatively and thoroughly embrace her rocker roots, Pink found the missing link to her musical puzzle in the form of a mohawked Californian punk rocker: Rancid's Tim Armstrong.The two met through a mutual friend at a Transplants video shoot in Los Angeles, and the rest is history. "We wrote 10 songs in a week," Pink says. "I went out on tour with him and the Foo Fighters. I slept on the bus with them and we recorded a lot of the songs in the back of the bunk."
"Trouble," the album's raw, raucous first single, penned by Pink and Armstrong (who shares writing credits with Pink on 10 cuts and produced the bulk of TRY THIS) is a no-holds-barred rock anthem that Pink declares is more than just an attitude song. NOt that the cut doesn't have plenty of attitude. You better believe it when Pink sings, "I'm trouble/If you see me coming down the street/You know it's time to go."
Pink's free spirit is perhaps most evident on "Oh My God," another Armstrong collaboration, which Pink declares "the sexiest song I ever did." This soft-core come-on of a single features a cameo from indie booty-rap phenom, Peaches, who Pink accurately describes as this hot, Canadian born, Berlin-bred, Jewish rapper girl. Not one to mince words, Pink explains: "She's super hot and raunchy and the song is super hot and raunchy, so it worked." Enough said.
Though not the gut-wrenching psychic document that Missundaztood may have been, autobigraphical elements are ever present on TRY THIS. It's hard not to feel that Pink is mining her own conflicted feelings about fame when she sings, "I'm brilliant and miserable too/That's why I am so funny/I swallow down all my tears with a bottle made of silver/I've only been here 27 years/already my life is over" on "Unwind" (which featured Blink-182's Travis on drums). "I started humming a melody and I kind of wrote it about Janis Joplin," Pink says. "But I related to it so much that I turned it around and sang it about myself."
The album's most moving and deeply personal moment is the Damon Elliot co-produced-and-written "Love Song" which proves that behind Pink's venom is a healthy dose of vulnerability. "I wrote it about a very special someone and it's my first one and well see how it goes," says Pink, obviously preferring to keep certain things sacred.
But if you think Pink goes soft, think again. If "Last to Know" on which Pink rips into a guy for not coming to her show is any indication, even rock stars aren't free from run-ins with commitment-phobic guys. "I wouldn't put my heels in the air for you/You tried to get me to do things I just won't do/Last I heard from you," she belts out on this estrogen-powered pop-rock monster. "God is a DJ" (co-written and produced by Billy Mann) is another pure party track that sounds as good on the dance floor as it does in a dingy rock dive, and "Humble Neighborhoods" (another Armstrong collaboration) is a daring concoction of dance beats, rock bravado and pure adrenaline that, like Pink herself, refuses to be categorized.
TRY THIS is clearly the mind-blowing brainchild of an artist who believes she can do it all and have it all, in music and in life. Her future goals? "I'm going to take over the world, become President, change all the laws, release all the animals and chain up all the people," Pink proclaims. And her musical master plan? "Expect the unexpected. It's not a choice to change musically. It just happens," Pink says. "It's in me, so I do it."
--- from the official Pink website