he / him
The lowest score without Abael is 7.5. That's how good this is.
While my average is probably less than most of the bigger Pink Fans, my scores run the gamut, I was 2 tracks off being able to make a top 100 from the tracks I rated 6 or better. It just turns out that the tracks I love and the few I dislike are near opposite. As soon as I recognised that her 2nd album was revered as it was around here that I would catch some flack for regarding it as easily her worst release. This is certainly an interesting Top 5 a three, a six, an eight and two tens. MESS
@Txetxu: (10) Incredible and touching, even after all these years. I vividly remember crying my little heart out to this one.
08. Long Way to Happy
Average score: 9.10
Highest score: 10x17
@savilizabeths @Duppe @R27 @Music Is Life
@LiK @happiestgirl @sapnu puas @Remorque @Sideout
@tylerc904 @Txetxu @Sail On @kal @soratami
@nikkysan @Sanctuary @Lost Boy
Lowest score: 6 @abael
One night to you lasted six weeks for me
Just a bitter little pill now, just to try to go to sleep
No more waking up to innocence,
say hello to hesitance, to everyone I meet
Thanks to you years ago,
I guess I'll never know what love means to me
but oh I'll keep on rolling down this road
But I've got a bad, bad feeling
It's difficult for me to write about this one. In her own words, P!nk described this as:
"I know a lot of people that have been abused and/or molested and/or fucked over by someone close to them. And I'm no exception. And that's that song."
And Butch Walker would go on to explain how the studio session went down:
The first time that [P!nk & I] did the vocals to 'A Long Way to Happy'—which is a song that Alecia and I did—it was written about her having to deal with being raped as a teenager by a cop, which was brutal for her. We had never even known each other before she expressed this to me, and I said, 'Well, obviously when we go into the studio it’s going to be [a] pretty emotional time, so let’s make sure the vocal goes down naturally', and sure enough she was practically in tears when she sang it, and I don’t blame her. I don’t think you have to subscribe to the mentality that you have to bring the person to pain to sing and give a good performance. You just got to let the song be the song and let it do the work. Some songs are meant to be taken lighter and some are not. She definitely let that one fly.
As such, this is an incredibly personal and powerful song that deserves to be taken seriously and with serious care. The fact it managed to land in the top ten with a 9.10 average to me is phenomenal, and one of the standout surprises of the rate.
Over ten years ago, I was assaulted by my best friend at the time. Waking up to him doing things and having no power but to freeze and allow it to happen, I didn't realise the damage that was done until this year. With years and years of repressed trauma, I've attempted to take my own life several times, turned sex into a self-harm, and assumed that friendships deserve the right to my body. All because of that one person, and that one night. You cannot ever underestimate the sheer amount of damage such an event can do to a person, even if they are not aware and ready to accept it yet. It took me over ten years of running, chasing happy, and as such this song is seen in a whole new light to me.
Originally the title track for the entire album, it's a timeless classic despite its unique production. Helped of course by a fantastically wrought vocal delivery and hard hitting lyricism, I'm super proud of us calling this the best album track in the rate and one of her very very best.
@Sail On: (10) From those Linkin Park-esque opening keys, I was sold on this. The angst, those lyrics, that vocal. This is everything I want from P!nk.
@tylerc904: (10) I remember this playing on The Hills and being like “is this a single?!”. Deserved to be.
@Music Is Life: (10) This fucking song. It’s such a brutal, but perfectly created, rock song. The lyrics are devastating and honest. The entire song is actually a showcase of why I love her. She’s not afraid to be as honest as possible in her lyrics, and the she’s able to use her voice to make you believe she means every word, because she probably does. It does of course, have single potential written all over it, but I’m also not surprised it wasn’t released.
@R27: (10) This was my favourite song on the album when I first listened to it as a teen. As an adult it remains just as powerful and I can notice specific lyrical details that probably flew over head back then ("too young to know I lost it"). This is probably more relevant today and P!nk does a stellar job at handling such a sensitive topic with grace and sensitivity. The emotional turmoil is palpable.
@savilizabeths: (10) “God, the lyrics to this are so haunting and the production matches it. The themes are so dark but relatable to way too many people I know. Ugh, this makes me angry and sick and emotional. What a masterpiece. It’s heavy, relatable and painful, all in the best way.”
@Maki: (9.75) Dark, passionate and another amazing song from “I’m Not Dead” (although it took me forever to memorize the bridge). This is just one example of how amazing the album tracks are. The piano and guitar fit so well in this song, and P!nk’s vocal performance never disappoints. It got extra 0.25 points for the small part after first chorus (around 1:10 mark), it’s epic.
@Verandi: (8) Yas dark P!nk
@Laurence: (8) Pretty cool track? I like it.
@rick: (7) I always forget about this so every time I hear it it’s a pleasant surprise.
@abael: (6) A fine song, but pretty insignificant addition.
06. I Don't Believe You
Average score: 9.24
Highest score: 11x3
@Reboot @savilizabeths @sapnu puas
@R27 @Maki @HollyDunnSomething @Music Is Life
@LiK @Sideout @Robsolete @Laurence @tylerc904
@Sail On @kal @Daniel_O @nikkysan
@JMRGBY88 @Sanctuary @Lost Boy
Lowest score: 5 @happiestgirl
No, I don't believe you
When you say "don't come around here no more"
I won't remind you
You said we wouldn't be apart
No, I don't believe you
When you say you don't need me anymore
So don't pretend to
Not love me at all
Remember when the Funhouse rerelease was coming and we all expected another mega-banger to lead it, only for her to dedicate the energy to what is arguably her best, and most intimate, ballad instead?
Pink explained on her website that, lyrically, the song is about pleading for reconciliation, and is her favourite song from Funhouse "because it's just so naked. It's like taking a deep breathe and saying, 'Here I am. Take me. Take your best shot'." She went on to explain that:
"The first thing that comes to my mind with I Don't Believe You is me standing in the vocal booth listening... Actually in the control room listening to this song, tears running down my face, just like 'fuck, really?' It's the vulnerable weak side of me that I don't let out very often. And it's... yeah it's that song. And I love it, I love it. I just love it, it's very near and dear to me."
What would go down at the time to be an insane decision now becomes a rare moment of bravery in sharing such a heartbreaking ode in such a capacity. This would definitely explain why it's gone on to be recognised as one of her very best, especially considering the gorgeously heartbreaking music video that accompanied it.
Whilst not exactly challenging darkness like 'Long Way...' and 'Family Portrait', there's a real confessional feel here and a delivery that bleeds authenticity. There's also the face it sat on an album built around a single campaign of pure hits, so I look back now and just adore the fact they took the time of day for this. It absolutely deserves the exceptional placement here.
We all know how denial feels, especially in relationships that feel like they embody our entire lives. The fact P!nk's marriage was so well documented too makes this ever more powerful, watching her pour her heart out in real time never gets easier... and I'd argue she hasn't really opened up like this in a while.
@savilizabeths (11) “How the hell do I explain how much I adore this song? It might be her absolute strongest ballad, which is saying something. It’s so beautiful. Her vocals are soft, emotional and just gorgeous and the production is so sad and magical. I can’t not feel something when I’m listening to it. It just goddamn hurts to listen to in the best kind of way. Damn.”
@sapnu puas: (10) whew. This song makes me feel things. When I was in a particularly tragic stage of a break up last year this was my go to self pity anthem, 10 years later and still having that impact, whew. I think it’s the simplicity of the lyrics which make the song that much more..devastating. She also sounds heavenly throughout. The way she sings “Just don't stand there and watch me fall//'Cause I, 'cause I still don't mind at all” = chills. Underrated video too
@Maki: (10) Probably in my top 10 P!nk songs ever. This is so emotional, it makes me really sad. The gloomy feel of the song makes me melt, and the verses are so depressing. Melodically it’s one of her finest moments. The string arrangement is absolute perfection, too. Definitely one of the songs that makes “Funhouse” such a strong album that it is.
@R27: (10) I know "Who Knew" is her classic go-to ballad, but I think I might like this even more. The yearning, desperation, and vulnerability in her vocals are astounding. "Don't just stand there and watch me fall/ 'Cos I still don't mind at all" guts me every time. A heartbreaking masterpiece. I really hope people don't do this dirty.
@Reboot: (10) This song is something else. I kept thinking about I Don’t Believe You even as I was trying to rate all her other songs, and therefore I’m giving it my 11. It’s STUNNING.
@JMRGBY88: (10) a gorgeous song. Also, I wish the Bimbo Jones mix would leak in good quality - don’t judge me @Vasilos)
@Sail On: (10) P!nk at her absolute rawest. The magic of the “I don’t mind it” lyric and intensity of the honesty make it stunning.
@nikkysan: (10) Simply stunning.
@Laurence: (10) Sweet ballad
@rick: (9) Gorgeous and heartbreaking
@Sprockrooster: (9) Normally I am not here for here minimalistic ballads, but that middle-8 sends to me heaven with that production.
@abael: (8) The chorus comes both softly and with impact. As polished as it is production side, Pink still gives you raw emotion, which is a difficult balance to find