Beautiful Trauma – P!nk album review

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 2.25.48 PMCan I just give you a reason to listen to P!ink’s new album?

Beautiful Trauma is every kind of beautiful.
P!ink gives us high-energy anthems, tender ballads and acoustic jams.
Here’s a track-by-track review of Beautiful Trauma:

(1.) Beautiful Trauma
The title track makes the entire album.
Opens with strings.
Continues as a slow ballad.
The beat drops.
The energy builds.
[Chorus]
The pill I keep takin’
The nightmare I wake in
There’s nothing, no nothing, nothing but you
My perfect rock bottom
My beautiful trauma
My love, my love, my drug, oh
Chorus features full-blown orchestra – okay, maybe rock band is more like it.

Just Give Me a Reason-esque.
The song ends the same way – synth strings fade out.
Raw beauty.
(2.) Revenge
Bass and brass.
The groove is fun. Mid-tempo.
The songwriting features a great use of repetition – both musical themes and lyrics, as illustrated in the pre-chorus and chorus:
Here comes that singing part
I’m daydreaming
Let me count the ways
How I’ll get you, or how I’ll make you pay
Babe, I’m hurting and now you’ll feel the same
That’s my plan, that’s my plan, that’s my plan
 
We could do revenge, revenge, revenge, revenge
Together, together, together
We could take revenge, revenge, revenge
Revenge is sweet
We could do revenge, revenge, revenge, revenge
Together, together, together
We could take revenge, revenge, revenge
Revenge is sweet
Eminem raps the bridge.
A fun number.
(3.) Whatever You Want
Rock. Heavy on guitars.

(4.) What About Us

The song opens with a fast-tempo acoustic melodic line.
P!ink starts singing.
The beat drops at the chorus.
And the chorus is everything a chorus should be: pure emotion. Pure feels.
 
What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
What about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters?
What about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?

 
A pop-drop occurs after the chorus. This song is a glorious electronic dance music jam.
(5.) But We Lost It
Fast-paced ballad. It features a slower tempo, and a bit more mellow vibe, with piano.
The chorus uses perfect rhyme and then brings the lyric to the title – not rhyming that line with another line in the chorus.
There’s a stranger, he’s lying in my bed
Kinda blank like the thoughts living in my head
This is the one that I felt I knew so well
I think we had it but we lost it
I’m still the girl that you chased all around the world
I haven’t changed, I’ve just replaced all the chains with pearls
I want the same things we did back then
I know we had it but we lost it.
 
Tension continues to build with the piano in this song. Angst. Love it.
(6.) Barbies
Barbies opens with acoustic guitar. The fast-paced guitar creates a nostalgic vibe as P!ink sings us on a trip down memory lane.
(7.) Where We Go
Bouncy, light and fun.
This dance number features fast repetitive musical themes.
The chorus features anthem-like lyrics.
There’s a road that takes me home
Take me fast or take me slow
Throw my head out through window
Feel the wind, make me whole
Write my name up in the sky
As we contemplate goodbye
I don’t know, we don’t know, where we go
 
Catchy.
(8.) For Now
Sweet.
Swung beat, in compound duple time.
Freeze, frame, pause, rewind, stop
And get back to the old familiar thoughts
Can we just freeze, frame, pause, rewind, stop
And get back to the feelings we think we lost
For now
(9.) Secrets
Electronic dance music vibe.
Fast-paced kick beat.
Sounds like a club dance. Like Lady Gaga’s Perfect Illusion.
(10.) Better Life
Light, acoustic instrumentation, E major and a fast-paced vocal melody make this a beautiful jam. Let’s not forget the soaring chorus.
(11.) I Am Here
 
The first lines of the first verse establish a beautiful narrative:
 
I open up my heart
You can love me or not
There’s no such thing as sin
Let it all come right in.
The chorus melody is catchier than the verse melody.
And the chorus lyrics?
I am here, I am here
I’ve already seen the bottom, so there’s nothing to fear
Know that I’ll be ready when the devil is near
I am here, I am here
All of this wrong, but I’m still right here
I don’t have the answers, but the questions is clear.
Confidence in the face of unclarity. An inspirational anthem.
(12.) Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
 
Wild Hearts is a social justice anthem as the chorus demonstrates, through its steady and meditatative quarter-note accompanying pulse:
There’s not enough rope to tie me down
There’s not enough tape to shut this mouth
The stones you throw can make me bleed
But I won’t stop until we’re free
Wild hearts can’t be broken
No, wild hearts can’t be broken
Determination and dedication illustrated through concrete imagery.
(13.) You Get My Love
Slow, gentle and sentimental. The slowest-paced track on the album. Sweet contrast to the album’s fast-paced jams.
You only need one reason to stream Beautiful Trauma – to get to appreciate the creativity from an empathetic woman in music.
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