When pop stars act rebellious, we're right to be sceptical, because they can only get away with as much as their corporate masters will allow.
Pink has constantly striven for street cred by being stroppy and peppering her lyrics with swear words and sex talk (though some might see it as an anger management problem), and The Truth About Love is more of the same cookie-cutter chart fodder, drawing on her love-hate relationship with her husband for inspiration in tracks like Blow Me (One Last Kiss), Just Give Me A Reason, True Love and The Great Escape.
While she's a good lyricist, she's no more open and honest than the many other musicians who share their personal lives with their audience – and the cheap shock value of Slut Like You and the ageing party girl tunes Walk of Shame and Here Comes the Weekend sound faintly ridiculous now that she's well into her 30s and a mum.
Best tracks: Just Give Me A Reason, The Truth About Love.
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.
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