Pink, ‘The Truth About Love’
Thanks to powerful pipes, an unabashed willingness — eagerness, even — to expose her most raw emotions, and savvy collaborations, P⅛ink has enjoyed an impressively durable career in a fickle pop music market.
On her sixth album, “The Truth About Love,” the singer-songwriter born Alecia Moore continues her winning ways. New and returning collaborators such as Butch Walker, Max Martin, Dan Wilson, and Greg Kurstin help Pink combine rock muscle, pop froth, and expressions both heartfelt and petulant.
The album has a clutch of keepers, including the catchy, bubblegum-grunge track, “True Love,” a sprightly duet with Lily Rose Cooper (a.k.a. Lily Allen), and the urging-to-victory battle cry, “Try.”
There’s also some serviceable filler, including the Eminem-featuring “Here Comes the Weekend” and the Martin-goosed “Slut Like You.” But as effective a purveyor as Pink can be of processed pop music with a snarl, we like her best when she strips away the artifice and attitude and mines for soul, not snark.
The new album has three standout tracks in this vein: the gorgeous “Just Give Me a Reason,” a piano ballad adorned only by a simple rhythm track and a complementary duet vocal from Nate Ruess of Fun.; the feathery acoustic charmer, “Beam Me Up”; and the closing tearjerker, “The Great Escape,” co-written by Wilson, who helped Adele
craft the three-hankie weeper “Someone Like You.” (Out Tuesday)
ESSENTIAL “Just Give Me a Reason”