!nk â€“ The Truth About Love is the sixth studio album by American recording artist and songwriter P!nk , released on September 14, 2012, by RCA Records. The first single from
The Truth About Love, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" was released in July 2012,
number five on the US Billboard Hot 100
Platinum for over 1,000,000 copies sold, as well as charting inside the top ten in several other countries. The follow up second single, "Try" received
became P!nk's thirteenth Hot 100 Top 10 hit. In the United States, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 281,000 copies in its first week becoming her first number one album there, and has been certified Platinum by RIAA after selling over a million copies in the US. The album also debuted at number-one in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand,
announced as Australia's biggest selling album of the year and gave P!nk her third time at the top of Australia's year end album chart. The Truth About Love samples rock music influences and is generally themed about relationships, breakups and the different stages and cases of love. It features guest starts Eminem, Lily Rose Cooper and Nate Ruess of American band fun. To support the album, P!nk began her
Truth About Love Tour in February, 2013. The tour is expected to continue through 2013 and will include American, Australian and European legs.
BACKGROUND AND DEVELOPMENT On October 7, 2011, RCA Music Group announced that it would be disbanding Jive Records, along with Arista and J Records. With the shutdown, P!nk
and all other artists previously signed to the labels,
would release any future material through RCA Records. In 2011, Joe Riccitelli, an executive with the label, announced that P!nk
preparing to enter the studio to begin work on her sixth studio album, to be released in September 2012. On February 29, 2012, P!nk took to her Twitter account and confirmed that she is currently in the writing process for her new record. On June 19, 2012, P!nk announced via video on Twitter that the first single from her upcoming album will be called "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" and that it was released on July 9, 2012. She added, "I think you're going to like it, because I
really like it, and I like it enough for all of us." However, the demo version of the song leaked on July 1, 2012, a week before its scheduled release. The next day, it was released via P!nk 's official page and her YouTube account. On July 4, 2012, P!nk
announced that her sixth
studio album will be titled The Truth About Love.
RELEASE AND PROMOTION On September 6, 2012, P!nk performed "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" for the first time with "Get the Party Started" at the 2012 MTV Music Video Awards. On September 10, 2012, P!nk
performed "Blow Me
(One Last Kiss)" and "Who Knew" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. P!nk also released lyric videos
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
for all the album's tracks (not including the bonus tracks) all on her official VEVO
appeared on Alan
Carr's show Chatty Man, performing
single "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" and taking part in an interview. On November 18, 2012, P!nk
performed 'Try" at the American Music
Awards of 2012.
CRITICAL RECEPTION The
contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized
rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 16 reviews. Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly dubbed it a "lyrical masterpiece" and praised P!nk 's songwriting as "unfalteringly vibrant, loaded with righteous anger, irreverence, and a clear eye for the darker side." Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian commended her for having "the nous to convert raw emotion into poppunk earworms", although she commented that the "Mariah-slick motivational ballads ... detract from an otherwise fierce record." Andrew Hampp of Billboard called the album "a peerlessly witty, endlessly melodic tour de force". Consequence of Sound's Sarah Grant commended P!nk for "filter(ing) whatever the current trend is through her unique musical lens" and commented that her "consistency proves she should be taken at her word." Josh Langhoff of PopMatters praised P!nk 's hooks and found the album "not bad" for "major label singer-songwriter stuff". Jon Pareles of The New York Times felt that she "is committed to pop impact, not to any particular style", and "recognizes some nonstorybook sides of romance." Allmusic
"eager(ness) to dive into the muck of grown-up emotions, expanding and deepening her music without succumbing to stuffy pretension", and called it "weird and willfully, proudly human, a big pop album about real emotions and one of P!nk's wildest rides." Caryn Ganz of Spin called P!nk
"objectionable moments" of "rock'n'roll karaoke", "her songs have enough heart, grit, and energy to stand on their own." MSN Music's Robert
Christgau viewed that, apart from its last two songs, the album "hit(s) every time" and quipped, "P!nk
(!) and her 21 collaborators fashion a
recorded image of her feisty, heartfelt, all-over-the-place love/sex life." Although he found it "supercatchy", Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone viewed that the album "devolves self
Just Give Me a Reason
shock, peppering songs
of The Observer favored
"workmanlike ballads delivered with beyond-workmanlike shading" over its "chunky guitar pop stuffed with shouty, bad-girl choruses", which she considered "dominates" the album. Marc Hirsh of The A.V. Club felt that P!nk
complimented her "disarming candor that's all the more bracing because it's delivered with a middle finger." Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani viewed the album as formulaic and "competently, often frustratingly more of the same from an artist who still seems capable of much more." Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune perceived "formula production and hack songwriting", but complimented P!nk 's personality and its "handful" of worthy tracks.
TRACK LISTING #
"Are We All We Are"
"Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" "Try"
P!nk , Butch Walker, John Hill, Emile
P!nk , Greg Kurstin
busbee, Ben West
P!nk , Jeff Bhasker, Nate Ruess
P!nk , Kurstin, Cooper
P!nk , Kurstin
"Just Give Me a 4
Reason" (featuring Nate Ruess) "True
Love" (featuring Lily Rose Cooper)
"How Come You're Not Here"
"Slut Like You"
P!nk , Max Martin, Shellback
"The Truth About Love"
P!nk , Billy Mann, David Schuler
"Beam Me Up"
P!nk , Mann
"Walk of Shame"
P!nk , Kurstin
"Here Comes the 11
Weekend" (featuring Emi nem)
"Where Did the Beat Go?" "The Great Escape"
P!nk , Khalil Abdul Rahman, Pranam Injeti, Liz Rodrigues, Marshall Mathers P!nk , Mann, Jon Keep, Steve Daly P!nk , Dan Wilson
Shellback Mann, Schuler (co)
DJ Khalil, Chin
Injeti Mann, Trac klacers (co) Wilson