Review: Pink’s Hurts 2B Human

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Pink's latest album Hurts 2B Human. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwVHMLWhcXQ/

We’ve followed Pink through her Destiny’s Child-inspired debut album Can’t Take Me Home and her edgy pop-rock album for rebellious 20-year-olds I’m Not Dead, all the way to her fearless and cathartic 2017 pop album Beautiful Trauma. Now we join her on her eighth studio album Hurts 2B Human.

Collaborating with Cash Cash, Chris Stapleton and Khalid, Hurts 2B Human delivers uplifting and reflective songs about protecting yourself from raw and painful human emotions while remaining strong and assertive.

Pink begins with her version of a swing/jazz track with her distinctive ‘screw you’ vibe on Hustle. She oozes confidence as she belts out “Don’t hustle me/Don’t f— with me”.

This is followed by the pop-folk anthem Walk Me Home. Going hand in hand with her 2014 track with Nate Ruess (he co-wrote Walk Me Home) Just Give Me a Reason, Pink tries to escape her negative thoughts and find comfort in her companion. “Walk me home in the dead of night/ I can’t be alone with all that’s on my mind”.

Pink’s fourth track on the album, My Attic, is more reflective and vulnerable. She rifles through her intimate thoughts in a stripped back acoustic song using the metaphor of an attic to describe hidden aspects of herself: “I keep hiding the keys in all these places even I can’t find/Hoping one day you’ll find them all ’cause I wanna let you see inside my attic.”

With a modern EDM style beat, Pink’s title track Hurts 2B Human is for the people who are there for her. Khalid intertwines well with Pink’s tone as they bring the message of human goodness amongst the pain.

This album showcases Pink at her best through genre-spanning tracks while appealing to her fans on her terms.

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NICOLA PAVAN
I am a third-year journalism student. I enjoy writing print journalism while also combining multimedia elements to my stories. I am currently interning at Mushroom Group where I’ve been able to learn about the communications aspects of the music industry. I love challenging myself in what types of stories I can write. In particular, I love to write about pop culture, crime and current events.

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