Release Date: Apr 26, 2019
Record label: RCA
Genre(s): R&B, Pop/Rock
Despite the evident angst within its title, Hurts 2B Human is generally a light affair from P!nk, especially when compared to its predecessor, Beautiful Trauma. On that 2017 album, P!nk seemed ready to settle into her encroaching middle age, favoring polished productions that veered ever so slightly toward the staid. Such politeness is generally eschewed on Hurts 2B Human.
Laid back, and playing to her strengths, P!nk's eighth studio album 'Hurts 2B Human' is familiar in its musical stylings - a collection of anthemic pop tracks threaded through with her bold vocals. Starting off with 'Hustle', there's an attempt to experiment with new, more youthful sounds, and while the country-tinged catchy instrumentals impress, the lyrics fall flat, as "Don't hustle me" is repeated over and over. The lack of impactful lyricism continues in the following track, '(Hey Why) Miss You Sometime', making the beginning of the chart-topping artist's album a fairly weak one.
Pink is a pop veteran. Since her solo debut in 2000 she has sold more than ninety million records, joining an exclusive club with the likes of Madonna, Beyoncé, Prince, Britney Spears, and Michael Jackson as members. Her best-of is pretty stacked, to say the least. And her legacy as a voice for the broken and downtrodden is secured.
P ink has made a career of soundtracking a generation's growing pains. In the video for her 2001 breakthrough single Don't Let Me Get Me, she was the pink-haired, tattooed misfit in the high-school changing rooms, positioned in opposition to Britney Spears. In all of her releases, through to 2017's heart-wrenching Beautiful Trauma, she's made it her trademark to make anthemic pop songs about subjects - such as divorce, depression, or drugs - that don't necessarily lend themselves to an uplifting chorus.