Pink
Funhouse


3.0
good

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
October 26th, 2008 | 139 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: History suggests Pink is at her best when she has something to prove. With 'Funhouse', history remains intact.

After many listeners labeled Pink's debut 'Can't Take Me Home' as just another heavily produced pop release, she hit back with the excellent & personal 'Missundaztood'. Then, when critics rejoiced at the near unnoticed attempt to infuse rock and punk on 'Try This', the sassy carefree performer responded with 7 hit singles off of 2006's 'I'm Not Dead'. Surely there was nothing for Pink to prove on her 5th release 'Funhouse'... Well, there was one objective still left for the now 29 year old blonde singer to achieve; A solo #1 single in her homeland. That can now be checked off the list also, as lead single and album opener 'So What' has raced to the top of the charts in not only America, but in at least 7 other countries!

An energetically enthralling rollercoaster ride of a cut, Pink intentionally laces 'So What' with the multiple love-or-hate characteristics that often result in the best pop songs. Whether it is the "na na na's" that litter the track, the proclamation that she is a rock-star who gets in trouble & wants to start a fight, or the near gloating concerning her divorce, Pink almost dares you to hate this arguably childish song. Initially, it seems easy to, yet the track will eventually win many over, whether it is through the contagious chorus, the bouncy synth-produced upbeat vibe, or her ability to sell her carefree nature in a genuine (not superficial) manner.

Just like previous release 'I'm Not Dead' however, the lead single is by no means the norm on this LP. In fact, only 2 further tracks approach those over-the-top methods. These are the Butch Walker co-produced 'Bad Influence' and the Tony Kanal (of No Doubt fame) collaboration that is the bass-driven tempo-switching title track. Both songs contain dubious lyrics, as on the former, Pink sings about drinking alcohol in the morning, her partying habits being genetic, and being "the instigator of underwear". Yet, 'Bad Influence' will undoubtedly contend as a likely single (and another hilarious video) due to its near-perfectly executed flow, as well as a super catchy and melodic chorus.

So with only three of the tracks being of that style, does Pink's separation from husband Carey Hart weigh the remainder of 'Funhouse' down? Well, despite some of the song titles, it is not really the case... Definitely not enough to call the album 'Heartbreak Is A Motherf**ker', which Pink jokingly suggested. While many of the tracks do concern relationship problems, it is not to any greater extent than most other pop-rock releases. If anything, the subject is most referred to in the very good, drumless and unplugged-sounding ballad that is 'I Don't Believe You'. When Pink's emotionally vulnerable vocals ask "The passion's there, so it's gotta be right, right?", it seems entirely real and genuine.

There is a kind of 2 up and 2 down inconsistent quality running through 'Funhouse'. In addition to 'Bad Influence' and 'Funhouse' being placed together at the center of the album, 2nd single 'Sober' is a highlight that immediately follows the opener. Pink's vocals are at her heartfelt best on this strings-assisted cut, which is sure to be a grower. Meanwhile, the late-album 1-2 punch of 'It's All Your Fault' and 'Ave Mary A' will satisfy those looking for some rock-based sing-alongs. In both cases, respective producers Max Martin & Billy Mann find the right combination of live instrumentation & synths. The former is more immediate and effectively utilizes a slow/fast dynamic to highlight its chorus, while 'Ave Mary A' uses an involving "(insert city name) I think we've got a problem" vocal hook in its verses, before building up impressively.

Unfortunately, the filler factor on 'Funhouse' is high. On most occasions, this is due to the fact that Pink's want for a challenge often gets her into trouble by seeing her reach beyond her capabilities. Look no further than the misplaced jazzy number 'One Foot Wrong', which is a real letdown. Furthermore, she unsuccessfully attempts to right prior wrongs when it comes to piano ballads (the closing 'Glitter in the Air') and mid-tempo country rock (the boring & generic 'Mean'). Although, she does also include a valiant attempt at a folksy acoustic ballad, which could see 'Crystal Ball' become an under-rated grower.

Since Pink appeared to find her feet on previous release 'I'm Not Dead', it has to be concluded that 'Funhouse' comes off as a little disappointing. It predominantly rehashes the formula found on its predecessor, which results in a number of very good songs, but nothing truly outstanding. Furthermore, the consistency is a real concern here, with arguably as many as half of the 12 tracks either being too run of the mill or simply not all that good. We should not be surprised though, as Pink had little to prove on 'Funhouse' and the pattern seen thus far with her releases should mean that her next album will be much better!

Recommended Tracks: Sober, So What & It's All Your Fault.



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2008


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

*** Just a few quick notes regarding this album review ***

(1) The recommended tracks for this album really depend upon personal taste.
- If over-the-top pop is your thing ('So What'), then add 'Bad Influence'.
- If heartfelt vocals is what you are after ('Sober'), then look no further than 'I Don't Believe You'.
- If genuine pop-rock gets you singing along ('It's All Your Fault'), then take a listen to 'Ave Mary A'.

(2) Dependant on what country you live in or how you have obtained the album, there are numerous Bonus Tracks available. The most noteworthy of these is 'This Is How It Goes Down', a dancey & upbeat cut that also features Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes. In all honesty, it is a little perplexing how this track did not make the final cut of the album proper.


(3) With regards to the line in the review regarding the jokingly suggested album title of 'Heartbreak Is A Motherf**ker', this is what Pink had to say about it in a recent interview: “The record company tip-toed around me during initial meetings to discuss Funhouse as the end of the marriage was still raw. They thought I was about to break down and start crying and banging my head on the table. At first, the record was kind of dark, and I could tell the record company were nervous. So I said to them ‘It’s really dark, there’s no beats and no choruses, it’s just this one amazing long song’. And it’s called Heartbreak is a Motherf---er’. I was joking. But I probably would have called it that." This Message Edited On 10.26.08

bastard
October 26th 2008


3435 Comments


so yeah, I heard this and it sucked.

TNY
October 26th 2008


571 Comments


lol

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2008


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Argggh, just noticed that the track listing is incorrect. There are 12 tracks in total, not 10. I'm off to edit.

marksellsuswallets
October 26th 2008


4848 Comments


So she is blonde? I swear every time I see her her hair is a different color...but that's hardly the point...I've always liked her for some reason so I will probably check this out at some point...I still listen to Get This Party Started and a few others from the rest of her albums from time to time...

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2008


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ok, the track listing is fixed.
Max, that's some deep in-depth analysis right there.
Brent, you must have been in the wilderness for a while mate as her hair has been blonde for a few years now. Just look at the album covers of 'Try This' and 'I'm Not Dead' for proof of that.

marksellsuswallets
October 26th 2008


4848 Comments


Hmm...I see...could have sworn it was some form of b-urple at some point...

rasputin
October 26th 2008


14555 Comments


She reminds me of the chick from the movie Species, except not as hot, just all alien like.

marksellsuswallets
October 26th 2008


4848 Comments


I think she is quite attractive thank you very much!!!
Maybe i just like alien like women...eh

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2008


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

LOL at "b-urple".
Oh Rasputin, why did you have to remind me of the "chick from Species". It's too bad she couldn't act, hence why she has been practically unsighted since & is now referred to as "the chick from Species"!

bastard
October 26th 2008


3435 Comments


Max, that's some deep in-depth analysis right there.


I know right?



JumpTheF**kUp
October 26th 2008


2713 Comments


saying that 'history remains intact' is really, really stupid and doesn't make sense

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2008


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh come on JumpTheF**kUp, it's a play on words that is:
(a) still meant to suggest something
(b) but not be totally clear about it, and
(c) lead into the introductory paragraph.

rasputin
October 26th 2008


14555 Comments


the kas is LE ANGRY

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2008


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bastard is in Halloween mode I see.
Rasputin, the actress' (or should that be "models") name is Natasha Henstridge. She apparently made a small comeback this year in Hugh Jackman's film called 'Deception'. Unsurprisingly, she played a woman who seduced the lead character!

rasputin
October 26th 2008


14555 Comments


Just googled her. Any resemblance I might have imagined was wrong, they look nothing alike. I just don't find Pink attractive in the slightest.

marksellsuswallets
October 26th 2008


4848 Comments


haha orange font

So What was a pretty ok single so I hope the rest of the album turns out as goodThis Message Edited On 10.26.08

JumpTheF**kUp
October 26th 2008


2713 Comments


ok but i'm just saying that using that phrase made me not want to read the rest of the review (and consequently, i didn't)

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2008


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Maxy Boy likes to bamboozle us all with colors.
Brent, you may be the first person that I have heard refer to 'So What' as ok. Most people either love it or hate it.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2008


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You are obviously entitled to your opinion JumpThe F**kUp. Personally, I am unsure that there would ever be a time when I would not read a review based off of a summary alone. But if I were to, it would probably be a summary like this: "Summary? In 5 words or less, this album sucks."
Sorry mate, I couldn't resist that one.




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