Pink
M!ssundaztood


4.0
excellent

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
October 17th, 2008 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cut loose to do her own thing, Pink fulfils the flashes of potential shown on her debut, improving on almost every facet of her compositions.

Right from the very beginning of Pink’s 2nd album, it is apparent that she has something to say. Overlooking the gimmicky spelling of the album and opening song title, she wants the world to realize that the perception conveyed on her debut LP ‘Can’t Take Me Home’ was not the real Pink. She was, in fact, misunderstood. While initially remaining a little mysterious about the subject (the first lyrics to be heard on the gimmicky, but melodic, opener are “I might be the way everybody likes to say, I know what you’re thinking about me”), it doesn’t take at all long for this 22 year old to be more direct.

In what is coincidentally the 2nd verse of the 2nd track and also 2nd single ‘Don’t Let Me Get Me’, Pink tellingly sings the following lyrics: “L.A told me you’ll be a pop star, all you have to change is everything you are”, before going on to tell the world that “I’m tired of being compared to damn Britney Spears, she’s so pretty, that just ain’t me”. The “L.A” referred to on the former line is pop / contemporary R&B producer extraordinaire L.A Reid, who has nothing to do with producing this much more mature release. And thank goodness for that.

Lyrics similar to those already quoted are used throughout this album, even if they are not all quite as literate and direct as that example. It brings a much more personal feeling to the listening experience, with Pink suggesting that she is not as confident as the sassy exterior suggests. ‘Don’t Let Me Get Me’ goes on to proclaim “Everyday I fight a war against the mirror, I can’t take the person staring back at me, I’m a hazard to myself”. Following track and 3rd single ‘Just Like A Pill’ then hints at the performer’s teenage drug abuse. Just as importantly as the lyrical content though, these 2 cuts which Pink co-wrote with Dallas Austin are accessibly poppy and catchy, resulting in both going Top 10 in the U.K and U.S!

Elsewhere, Pink has chosen her co-writers and producers exceptionally well, as can be seen on the two slower album highlights ‘Family Portrait’ and ‘Lonely Girl’. Canadian Scott Storch is at the helm of the former, which is a super impressive personal cut detailing the break-up of her parents from the perspective of a child. Its effective use of simple and natural family-life happenings is exquisite and it is topped off nicely by the choir-like vocals of children in the breakdown.

The predominant co-writer and producer on this album though is Linda Perry, a name some may recognize as lead singer of the band 4 Non Blondes. With track 11, the overlooked and under-rated ‘Lonely Girl’, she also lends her voice to a song which details Pink’s occasional inability to handle the pressures of fame. Containing a clever and excellent sing-along chorus where Pink answer’s Perry’s questions, this is quite simply the singer’s best vocal performance of her entire career!

It is not all slow and serious going though, as 1st single ‘Get The Party Started’ proves. As the song title suggests, this is the dance-oriented party-starter that the artist’s debut album lacked. While elsewhere, a thicker fuller sound musically helps lend greater quality to solid album tracks such as ’18 Wheeler’ and ‘Numb’. It seems that Pink has simply improved on the weaknesses apparent on ‘Can’t Take Me Home’. Even the bordering on man-bashing lyrics littered throughout her debut is adjusted to be more of a strong defiant female stance, as can be seen on track 5 ‘Respect’.

The only weakness carried over from the debut is over-length. At 14 tracks and 55 minutes long, it is ultimately impossible to keep the quality up right to the very end of ‘Missundaztood’. The bluesy ballad ‘Misery’ is an interesting collaboration with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler that simply turns into a warble-fest. ‘Dear Diary’ and ‘Gone To California’ are ok for something different, but only one was required. While Pink still still doesn’t quite get the super-slow ballad right on track 10 ‘Eventually’. Thankfully, in addition to ‘Lonely Girl’ being on the latter half of the album, ‘Missundaztood’ also comes with effective closer ‘My Vietnam’. In the same vein as ‘Family Portrait’, it uses an interesting metaphor in amongst very good lyrics and a sample of Jimi Hendrix’s version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ to close it out.

Cut loose to do her own thing, Pink fulfils the flashes of potential shown on her debut with this excellent follow-up release. Predominantly learning from the many weaknesses which littered ‘Can’t Take Me Home’, Pink has improved on almost every facet of her compositions here. While containing more than a sufficient amount of the poppy elements heard previously, ‘Missundaztood’ includes a superior overall dynamic through better live instrumentation, much-improved lyrics and more emotional & diverse vocals. No wonder ‘Missundaztood’ has sold over 13 million copies worldwide!

Recommended Tracks: Lonely Girl, Family Portrait, Get The Party Started & Don’t Let Me Get Me.



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Jim
October 17th 2008


5110 Comments


the singles on this album were very catchy
after this i think she went downhill

AtavanHalen
October 17th 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid.
Now, shall we get this party started?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2008


20858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, if you recall James, she collaborated with Tim Armstrong of Rancid on her next album. That was just a strange mix, to say the least!
It's the weekend Dave & the weekend is always one big party (especially with the weather we're going to have)!!!

AtavanHalen
October 17th 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, well, I got study to do- exams
Still, party on for me, Champ.

Jim
October 17th 2008


5110 Comments


oh man i don't miss school at all


badtaste
October 17th 2008


824 Comments


the singles on this album were very catchy

after this i think she went downhill


Gah, I'm Not Dead was semi-elite.

Good review, BoyDavey, I've only given this one listen and it was pretty cool.This Message Edited On 10.17.08

rasputin
October 17th 2008


14555 Comments


Wasn't there already a review posted for this? And holy shit Daveyboy, you're beginning to rack up these reviews.

badtaste
October 17th 2008


824 Comments


lol 69

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2008


20858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm with you James, I don't miss school (or any kind of study) at all. Hope it's going well Dave & you'll be finished up by the time the Arias roll around at 7:30.
Yeah, BadTaste, I'm just finishing up my 'I'm Not Dead' review at the moment actually, and it really does need to be compared with 'Missundaztood'. It's a strange album in a fashion, but I'll leave my thoughts until later in the week when it is time to post that particular review. And typical of you to see that this was my 69th review. Pink's abs were at their most sculptured when she released this album too! LOL!
RASPUTIN, I haven't been around these parts as long as you have, but there has never been a review for this particular album since I have been here. The only Pink review has been Spat Out's one of 'I'm Not Dead'.
Good God Dave, your avatar is as disconcerting as they come. And I agree, it doesn't feel like 7 years ago that Pink was getting the party started.

AtavanHalen
October 19th 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

How the hell can you be so nice to everyone, Davey?
Are you part of a Mormon family?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2008


20858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha... Gee Dave, what do you want me to say; "Hope you fail your exam...???"
By the way, the answer to your question is track 5 of this album!
So who do you reckon is gonna sweep the Arias tonight...???

AtavanHalen
October 19th 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I keep telling people- watch out for Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. He's going to blow people's minds.
Anyway, you know what I mean! Even when you're hacking out a review you make it sound as if you want to discuss it with them further over a nice cup of tea and hopefully become close friends.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2008


20858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't drink tea mate. Change that to a beer and you're probably not too far away from the truth. I just like discussing music with other people Dave... Nothing wrong with that, is there...???
As for the Aria's, I just hope no-one clean sweeps, especially The Presets. Gotta hope The Living End win one of the bigger awards as well, while your boy can win best male if you like. I think you should review him... Just after you review Black Ice... LOL!


AtavanHalen
October 19th 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh shi- did I already tell you about Black Ice?
That review is not going to be pretty.

Jim
October 19th 2008


5110 Comments


one thing that blew my mind about gurrumul was the fact he taught himself to play the guitar upside down, on account of not owning a left-handed guitar as a child
unfortunately, the aria's has been a little predictable this year, although gurrumul just won and award as i'm typing

AtavanHalen
October 19th 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Christ, did you see him perform? That was a really humbling moment, he brought everyone together. What a performance.This Message Edited On 10.19.08

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2008


20858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah Dave, you didn't tell me about 'Black Ice'... I just saw your rating of it when reading the 1st sound-off.
James, you were spot on with the predictability of the Arias. From the moment the 2 hosts were up in the arena roof, I said they're gonna abseil down from there. Then Cilmi predictably won the first 2 awards & it continued from there.
Gurrumul definitely delivered quite a performance.

DeadStarShine
July 27th 2010


775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just Like A PIll was always a standout for me on this.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2010


20858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I like that song... & it is a testament to this album's depth that I couldn't squeeze that onto my 4 recommended tracks.

Counterfeit
August 4th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ruled back in the day.



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