A Troubled P!nk and Why it “Hurts 2B Human”
By Anahi Anaya
P!nk, the famous singer and songwriter, has once again delivered a gift to all her fans. On Apr. 26, she released her eighth album, “Hurts 2B Human,” with a tracklist of 13 different songs. Although her music is mostly pop and rock, her lyrics can reach almost any audience. Even if P!nk’s newest album does not stray away from her typical sound, it definitely exposes the mind and heart of the singer during difficult times. Artists have the ability to display their feelings and put their soul into their music, though not all of them can do this as successfully as P!nk.
The album begins with “Hustle,” a positive upbeat song that characterizes P!nk as strong and not one to be messed with. She does not have time to waste on others and is firmly set on caring for herself. The next track, “(Hey Why) Miss You Sometime,” contradicts her previous message, as she battles her dependence and need for the love from her significant other. The relationship seems both consuming and toxic, which one would not expect P!nk to be a part of. Her third piece, “Walk Me Home,” touches on both themes, finding a balance where love strengthens her during a difficult time in the outside world. She is strong but love can help make you stronger, as even the strongest people need support.
Her themes start to shift in the songs that follow. In “My Attic,” P!nk wants to let someone in so they can get to know her for who she truly is and not what she lets others see. However, she is scared that she will be left alone and labeled crazy, so she suffers from conflicting emotions on how to approach love and relationships, which require honesty and mutual understanding. Next is “90 Days” featuring Wrabel, an American pop musician best known for his collaborations with big artists, such as Marshmello and Kesha. P!nk has finally let herself be vulnerable in her relationship, but she is anxious and lost about what comes next. The relationship feels threatened and she just wants to end things so she can get over the breakup in 90 days.
Her lead single, “Hurts 2B Human,” featuring Khalid, reaffirms a positive view on love but a negative light on life itself. To P!nk, it is difficult to be human in an inhumane world, but her relationships with others are helping her get through it because they struggle together. The following track, “Can We Pretend,” diminishes her previous optimism. She pretends that everything is fine instead of facing the harsh realities of the world. However, in “Courage,” she considers her ability to work through her problems and finds the strength to continue going. In “Happy,” she is anything but due to her lack of confidence and her self-doubt. She analyzes why she feels the way she does, concluding that the problem is primarily her self-destructive behavior that she needs to work through.
“We Could Have It All” is a message to an ex-lover, with whom she almost had it all but failed to achieve much due to resentment and lack of understanding or communication. In this piece, P!nk touches on troubled relationships again after having displayed a generally positive view on love. Her song “Love Me Anyway,” featuring Chris Stapleton, a country and rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, questions her significant other and whether they would be willing to stay by her side through the difficult times, not just for fun. There is a sense of hopelessness but also a need to comprehend where they stand as a couple. In “Circle Game,” her second to last song, P!nk discusses the difficulty of having to work through her problems on her own, without the help of anybody else, while also battling the “monsters” that haunt her children. She wants to go away and deal with her own pains but she also needs to fulfill her role as a parent. Finally, her concluding piece, “The Last Song of Your Life,” is an anthem about being real, authentic, and vulnerable, even if it is the last thing one does.
“Hurts 2B Human” delves deeper into the troubles and complex feelings that P!nk has had to deal with, including both internal and external pains that impede her from being vulnerable and make it harder for her to keep living. She wants to be real but she is scared of what it would mean to finally give in to her relationships. Her album does not sound different from her previous music, but the content exposes a new side to P!nk. It is story-like and explores themes similar to her prior hits in a new light. Although her newest music is not unique in its composition or content, it strikes me as personal for the artist, deeming it a decent album that reflects on life.