"Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," the lead single from Pink's sixth studio album, is a catchy anthem about reaching a breaking point after "a shit day," while the chorus on "True Love" (featuring Lily Allen) plainly states: "You're an asshole but I love you." That edgy authenticity is what's made Pink's defiant pop stand apart from her peers, and on her latest album she's packing more punch than ever. While "Slut Like You" and "Here Comes the Weekend" with Eminem are weak links, Pink's performance is especially commanding on "Where Did the Beat Go?" and on ballads "Beam Me Up" and "The Great Escape." On the title track, she divulges "The truth about love is it's nasty and salty/ it's the regret in the morning/ it's the smelling of armpits"—her storytelling raw, angsty and as challenging as we expect it to be.
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