Pink: The Discography Rate ∞ WINNER!

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88. When We're Through
Average score: 6.82
Highest score: 10x4 (@Sanctuary, @tylerc904, @Music Is Life, @savilizabeths)
Lowest score: 2.5 (@rick)
My score: 8

Funhouse loses another bonus song, one actually released alongside 'Sober', in the form of the terribly melancholic and brutal 'When We're Through'. Tackling the morbid theme of life fucking you until you've had absolutely too much, and how there's no turning back, it embraces P!nk's 'campfire song' vibe and builds into a warm crescendo of wailing emotion.

I've always thought this was a fantastic exploration of suicidal thoughts, and how in that moment you feel abandoned by life and totally in the hands of some cruel fate. Everyone is strong enough to withstand what life throws at us, but we all have a breaking point - and once we're through, we're through.

I've made it past the age of 27, so there's no use in dying.

A heartbreakingly honest line about passing that iconic age and still being alive. I'm sure you'll understand if you've felt it yourself but those of us growing up with mental health issues and suicidal thoughts will understand that we grew up... not expecting to be alive. And then before we know it, we look back and we've grown older and somehow we're still grinding on as tired as ever, and the drama of dying is void and lost... Is there any point in dreaming of it anymore?

Of course, this is projecting my own feelings on to the song but the best lyricism allows you to do that. @R27 sums it up well by describing it as existential dread and... I think that's a perfect little way to describe the songs topic. The way she so easily describes a topic like depression that is so impossibly difficult to understand, ugh her mind.

Commentary corner:
@nikkysan: (9) I love how this tells us the aftermath of Sober. It makes it such a perfect b-side to accompany the single.

@Verandi: (8) Very nice, would have put it in the album instead of Mean.

@P'NutButter: (7) Really dark lyrically, I love the Janis Joplin bit.

@rick: (2.5) Horrible breathy vocals

@abael: (7) This is a solid song that could easily have replaced Crystal Ball on the album, another good track obscured by it’s release.This is a solid song that could easily have replaced Crystal Ball on the album, another good track obscured by it’s release.

@Music Is Life: (10) I used to not pay much attention to this but one day, a few or more months ago, I was listening to her music on shuffle, and this just hit me over the head. It’s just such a beautifully sad song. Obviously yes, P!nk is full of them, but she does them so fucking well. And the melody – she has a great ear for melodies doesn’t she? Like I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad one from her. And her vooooiiiiccceee. I will never be able to express just how much I love it. That third verse honestly kills me every time. This better fucking do well, or I’ll riot.

@Maki: (5.75) Never been too keen on this, and that hasn’t changed. It took me forever to memorize how the song goes. The melody is too bland most of the time. It does improve in the second half, but it still isn’t good enough. Good choice for a B-side, since it would’ve been the weakest song on the album. Again, the country side of P!nk isn’t really for me.

@R27: (8.5) I too enjoy sudoku, wine, and crying over existential dread. Maybe P!nk and I should meet up to discuss and partake in these activities together.

@savilizabeths: (10) “Story driven country songs are known for incredible and detailed lyrics, and this one feels like that. I love the level of detail. It really paints a picture and helps me connect to the song. I love this one more and more every time I hear it. God, I connect to this so much. It’s a perfect picture of depression and it gives me chills. I almost want to cry because I relate so much it hurts.”

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Oh, I almost forgot about that one. I completely agree with the brutally honest and detailed lyrics, though - they're so good, and the 'club 27' and 'Janis Joplin' references are such a clever inclusion.
Unfortunately, it sonically just never appealed to me as much as I wanted, and doesn't have that melody passage that her usual sad songs do. Once again, I repeat that 'campfire' P!nk is usually not for me.
"When We're Through" was my second lowest score remaining in the entire rate, and the lowest remaining score for songs from "Funhouse".
"Crystall Ball" should be the next cut from that album.

No worries @Lost Boy, take your time. A day or two off is nothing when the rate has this amount of songs.
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87. White Rabbit
Average score: 6.83
Highest score: 10x3 (@Sprockrooster, @soratami, @Verandi)
Lowest score: 3 (@abael)
My score: 4

Initially I wasn't going to include this, tempted only by @Maki and its inclusion on Beautiful Trauma, because I really didn't know how a soundtrack song and a cover that is... literally just a vocal showcase would do. As such, I included this on the bonus section instead of in Beautiful Trauma, which this was a bonus track for in Japan.

Consider my surprise then when it actually trumped all of the other bonus tracks and a few of my top scores, considering my low score for it. It's a fantastic cover that really shows just how far her vocals continue to come, but I don't actively search this out because of how niche it is. Typically I use music for an emotional connection and this is very story based, revolving around Alice in Wonderland completely.

And with that our bonus songs have all vacated.

Commentary corner:
@Sprockrooster: (10) I completely missed this. And now I stan hard.

@Reboot: (9) Amazing song. Why was this not on the album?

@P'NutButter: (9) I was expecting a P!nk rock/pop version of this, but her vocals are so good. Wow.

@rick: (7) It’s the best version of this I’ve heard. But still not that good.

@Sail On: (9) Her vibrato sends me at the end of this one. Would really love if she could go further down this Jefferson Airplane route.

@abael: (3) Odd, bad cover choice. Pink seems out of touch with this song.


@tylerc904: (8) I adore this song in its original form and she does a great job. Certainly better than her other Alice song.

@Music Is Life: (8.5) I really like this. I know it’s a cover, but this is such an interesting song production-wise, and the lyrics are delightfully weird, and perfect for the movie. I really like this

@Maki: (9) I was a bit confused not seeing this track among the “Beautiful Trauma” songs, since it was released as a Japanese bonus track for that album, but it’s here. Feels a bit odd to rate a P!nk cover. I already love (and prefer) the original, and she can do no wrong, so it gets a pretty high score. The verses are brilliant and I love the dramatic production, while the rest isn’t up to the original version.

@R27: (7.5) A solid cover.

@savilizabeths: (9) “Definitely the surprise of the extras. It’s such an incredible moment. Definitely the superior Alice song from her. It’s so dramatic and theatrical. It’s got so much power and dynamic. The lyrics are really good and I just love this one!”

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Oh great. I felt like there are much more bonus tracks, but somehow Fingers was the only one to pop up at the moment (dirty mind ddd). Great for White Rabbit to be the highest ranked Extra.

This is where @Maki jumps in again to remind us that it is a Beautiful Trauma bonus song (not to me!).

Real bonus songs remaining:

This Is How It Goes Down
My Signature Move
Is This Thing On?
The King is Dead...

92. Just Give Me a Reason
Average score: 6.76
Highest score: 10x2 (@Daniel_O, @Music Is Life)
Lowest score: 2x4 (@nikkysan, @The Hot Rock, @P'NutButter, @LiK)
My score: 7

'Just Give Me a Reason' marks a turning point in P!nk's career, one which embraced Adult Contemporary with open arms and was rewarded with momentous success; becoming what is essentially her biggest ever hit. Not only did it top charts around the world, it also ended up in the top 10 of the year end charts in the UK, US and Australia to name but three.

It's a powerful and very straightforward song, driven by the piano and an unshakable melody. Aping the style of fun. whilst also bringing P!nk's trademark stellar ad-libs and ability to emote, this was in fact never going to be a duo had P!nk not had her way:

"I was like, 'no, this is a story, this is a conversation - it needs the other perspective whether it's a guy and a girl, or two girls or two guys. 'I came in and tried to convince him that this was how the conversation was going to go and it was interesting you know, he was like 'I'll just do the demo cos I don't know about duets' and I totally tricked him into doing it, and I am so glad I was able to. 'I think now he's very happy that he did it, I think it's a beautiful song and I'm really, really proud of it.

Since then, the music video has gone on to rack up 1 BILLION views. 13 years into her career and she achieves her strongest ever single campaign, and this is before Beautiful Trauma would go on to achieve her highest first week album sales too. Just as her Grammy Awards 'Glitter in the Air' performance made people stand up and pay attention to her, it feels like 'Just Give Me a Reason' was doing the same.

And all that is without discussing the actual quality of the song, which clearly we all find extremely divisive. I can't help but think the sheer ubiquity of it hasn't helped, as everyone has an opinion on it, but I have always found it abrasive. It doesn't help that Nate's vocals are on this, and they are definitely an acquired taste.

Commentary corner:

@savilizabeths: (9) “I wish they’d gone for the harmonies more here instead of singing in unison. That’s definitely a musical duet pet peeve of mine. Honestly though, I love this. Always have. I like how they utilise the fact that it’s two performers by telling two different sides of the same story. I like the storytelling details. Plus, I performed this once so it has memories attached.”

@R27: (6) This is bland and not particularly moving, but radio beat this into my back in 2013 until I started to enjoy the melody, so I guess it's a pass.

@Sprockrooster: (3) Not a great track to begin with and then it got so damn overplayed making it even more annoying. I am literally sick and tired of this song.

@nikkysan: (2) I’ve always hated this, sorry. It’s just so offensively beige and bland. Of all the singles from this album, why was this the massive smash?

@JMRGBY88: (6) It’s not a bad song by any stretch of the imagination but the fact she keeps this in her set over…better songs is baffling.

@The Hot Rock: (2) Nauseating. As a fan of The Format and fun. this song makes me mad that we let Nate Ruess happen on any level.

@sapnu puas: (4) I’m glad for her that this was successful I guess.

@Laurence: (4) I hate this

@rick: (9) Would have been a Ten if it was a solo track.

@P'NutButter: (2) I've never liked this song. It actually makes me cringe.

@Verandi: (8) I know everybody here hates this one, but I remember loving it before being chosen as a single and… wait I don't love this anymore actually.

@tylerc904: (9) I cannot hear this and not think of that karaoke video of those young white girls completely out of tune. But all feelings about Nate aside, it’s a great song.

@abael: (8) This shouldn't work as well as it does. Pinks choice of duet partners and it being a duet at all would usually be a turn off, but sometimes being a bit off kilter works in Pinks favour

@Maki: (9.5) This is like a modern classic that has been overplayed. I think I’ve heard it two times on the radio during the past week. But it’s such a beautifully written and performed song. P!nk’s vocals on the middle-8 are brilliant. It’s not a 10 mostly due to Nathan’s annoying vocal tone and way of singing.

@Music Is Life: (10) Okay people hate on this way too much. It’s a great, beautiful song! I love the melody throughout, especially on the verses, and the piano is just ugh, beautiful. It’s a great song and y’all, as always, do too much over it. In fact, I almost did a duet of this for a talent show my freshman year of high school, with this girl who I was friends with and had a crush on, but we didn’t end up signing up.

You'll want to be here for the next one.

This going out at number 92 is a joke.