Pink: The Discography Rate ∞ WINNER!

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58. Catch Me While I'm Sleeping
Average score: 7.45
Highest score: 10x8
(@The Hot Rock, @Maki, @Reboot, @LiK, @P'NutButter, @Remorque, @Sideout, @playboy69)
Lowest score: 2 (@happiestgirl)
My score: 8.5

How many times have you sat across from me
And how many times have you told me you were leaving
I'm not trying to listen 'cause it's all the same
And why are you constantly believing that I
I could ever give you what you're needing
Baby baby please don't put your faith in me
I don't know what to say
'Cause it's all a dream to me anyway

Whilst I know this song has its fans and they will be torn up by it falling before the top fifty, let me stop you for a second to help you reconsider. Considering how slow this is, and how we've booted out worse for daring to take the time to unravel its tricks and secrets, I was actually pleasantly surprised to see it last this far. It revels in its slowness: a bluesy lullaby that slowly opens up to a cathartic release before settling back down for a slumber. There's also the fact that it was written with Perry, produced by her too, and we've kicked out almost everything she's had her hands on so far... oop.

Did you know this was originally intended for M!ssundaztood? While it definitely suits the melancholic and youthful vibe of that album much more than the bratty, fired up Try This in my opinion, I'm glad it found its place here and it was actually released as a promotional single too - so they clearly really found value in it.

Commentary corner:

@The Hot Rock: (10) The best track out of the first three albums. I'm slayed.

@Reboot: (10) The production is gorgeous.

@P'NutButter: (10) Should've been the third single, one of her best ever.

@Maki: What a gorgeous song! The intro sounds like a spaceship ready to take off and fly with the stars. It has that dreamy, spacey vibe going on in the production and arrangement which is brilliant. The obvious old school (70’s) R&B influences make it sound like it doesn’t belong to this album. Such a gem. And her vocals are just outstanding - no matter how much rock singing style suits P!nk, her R&B feeling is always there. To sum it all up: a masterpiece. So glad that she decided to re-record and release this song after initially being left off “M!ssundaztood”.

@Music Is Life: (9) This is beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, spectacular, amazing, perfect, show stopping, mind blowing awesome, lovely, etc., and writing all of that I hate hate hate myself so much for not giving it a 10. I love her voice, I love the production, I love the melody, and I love the lyrics, AND THOSE DRUMS! Ugh what is wrong with me? Someone go back in time and make me give this a 10. I must have thought it was too long or something stupid like that, which is ridiculous because it clearly isn’t. Feel free to drag me when it bombs out too soon.

@rick: (8.5) Gorgeous vocals, a smidge too long

@tylerc904: (8) Reminds me a lot of something that would be on the debut (a compliment in my eyes).

@abael: (7) I'm still surprised Pink was this capable of carrying this song vocally at what I consider her early era. Just a great talent showcase, not so great a song.

@R27: (7) A genuinely sultry sex jam by P!nk? I'm moderately shaken.

@savilizabeths: (6) “This is pretty. Nothing amazing. Obviously she sounds great because when doesn’t she? It’s just not something I completely feel like coming back to.”

@Verandi: (5) The first misstep of the album. The production is horrible.

@sapnu puas: (4) this felt like it went on forever and she sounds...odd in places. Not a fan.

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Every time I see i'm tagged by @Lost Boy in this thread I get a bit anxious to check dreading my #11 has been axed.

Catch Me While I'm Sleeping is just such an underrated smooth masterpiece. I'm glad it did as well as it did. I can also understand why it's such a divisive song, but I've always been a sucker for these kinda Bluesy songs and her voice suits them too.

Every time I hear this song I selfishly wish she still had her raspy tone.

I can only hope one day it will find its way on a future tour set-list.

Also @happiestgirl low key one of the silent rate villains, I see you!
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57. My Signature Move
Average score: 7.46
Highest score: 10x4
(@kal, @rick, @Hurricane Drunk, @Music Is Life)
Lowest score: 5x4
(@JMRGBY88, @soratami, @playboy69, @Sideout)
My score: 8

I've got a way of making everything a confrontation
And you've got a way of bringing out the worst in me
You see, it's just if I'm bored
I'll find a way to make an accusation
I've got a problem with more
So give me, give me everything

Check out this little signature bonus track making it all the way here and ending up with a mid-7 average, a feat which a few people have already expressed their surprise at. Perhaps you'll understand a bit more when you see that its lowest score was actually a five, with most people recognizing just how autopilot-P!nk it comes across. While I do think that structurally and sound-wise it's standard fare, but there's quite a few gorgeous production touches like the strings that she never really delves into and it helps this stick out a bit more.

Released as the B-side to 'Try', ' My Signature Move' is a spunky examination of a flawed personality that actively enjoys the toxicity of relationship drama, which I'm sure we can all relate to at times. It really does feel like sometimes you're the one driving yourself down the drain, acting out every self-fulfilling prophecy and destroying every good thing in your life. That might sound a tad depressing but part of why I love this is because it's about owning it. We're all capable of this craziness, it's important that we call it out and are able to have a laugh about it!

Commentary corner:

@rick: (10) I love this. It’s Pink by numbers but I still love it.

@Music Is Life: (10) This is such a fun song. I love the production, it feels very sunny, and the lyrics are hilariously good. I love the melody especially on the chorus. It’s so good. And the middle-8 is absolutely the best part of the whole song.

@savilizabeths: (9) “This one is pretty damn fun. The production isn’t obnoxiously loud and she’s not yelling on the chorus. It’s actually very well made and more interesting than the main tracks on the album. Honestly, it’s just a good pop bop that could have replaced almost any of the shitty album tracks. Oh well, at least it’s here.”

@Maki: (8) This song is so P!nk 2012 sounding, if that makes sense. I mean, the chorus (and basically the whole song) has that typical melody and mood she's been doing since "Funhouse" days. I'm not sure about the male vocals, but the song is memorable enough to get a good score. It would've been a filler on the standard album, so it's a totally fine album track.

@R27: (8) This song feels quintessentially P!nk. She demonstrates a great sense of personality here and the song just oozes personality

@The Hot Rock: (8) Yet another b-side better than a decent amount of its respective album's tracks.

@abael: (6) The repetition is annoying especially with these production choices

@Laurence: Now the second half of The Truth About Love is picking up very slowly but alright... This is becoming 6ish again, it's kinda cute.

@JMRGBY88: (5) autopilot material.

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Catch Me While I'm Sleeping is the best song on Try This. You've all had 16 years to figure out as much; there are no excuses.
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56. Lonely Girl
Average score: 7.51
Highest score: 10x5
(@Sanctuary, @The Hot Rock, @Sprockrooster, @rick, @Maki)
Lowest score: 3x2
(@abael, @Laurence)
My score: 9

I can remember the very first time I cried
How I wiped my eyes and buried the pain inside
All of my memories - good and bad - that's past
Didn't even take the time to realize

Starin' at the cracks in the walls
'cause I'm waiting for it all to come to an end
Still I curl up right under the bed
'cause it's takin' over my head all over again

Poor old Linda Perry is done dirty again as her solo-written and produced epic drops out, leaving M!ssundaztood with just five tracks remaining. Not including her debut, P!nk covering someone else's song has always been a rare occurence - reserved for the likes of this, 'My Attic' and 'Try'. 'Lonely Girl', as explained by resident Perry stan @Maki, may have been written by her but it always had P!nk in mind - with P!nk having to wrestle somewhat to keep it herself and ending up with a duet!

Where would she be without Linda Perry? And that's not to take away her independence, because we all know there's barely another soul that puts in the effort that P!nk does on a regular basis, but it was a real masterstroke pairing that resulted in some of the most vulnerable and honest music I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. And the fact that this was her sophomore album too, an often cursed album that tries to replicate the successes of the first, just makes this even more powerful.

It's maybe a bit too easy to write this off as melodramatic or overly emotional but the power that opening up like this had all those years ago. The fact we're still now exploring the ramifications of trauma and mental health issues, and owning our own problems, and we have here P!nk opening up about devastating characteristics and owning them. 'Lonely Girl' is just a stunning, stunning diary entry about the purgatory of moving on from a life you were looking to escape from, and how sometimes it's hard to tell what colour the grass is on the other side.

Commentary corner:

@The Hot Rock: (10) Okay this is great. Finally a song that was new to me during this rate blows me away.

@rick: (10) I WANTED TO BE A STAR!!!!! She sounds amazing on this! Linda adds a nice element too

@Sprockrooster: (10) Miss Perry is a queen and she sounds magnificent on this

@Maki: (10) This is the song that Linda wrote by herself inspired by P!nk, and wanted to keep it, but P!nk wanted the song, and luckily recorded it together. And it’s another masterpiece from this album. I can only imagine how relatable this was/is to people her age (when she sung this). This gorgeous duet is one of the highlights in her discography. It has a classic vibe to it, like it’s been a staple song in music history. What an amazing middle-8, stunning! And her ad-libs near the end are magnificent, bravo!

@Music Is Life: (9) This mid-tempo bop helps pick up the album a little before the next song. I love the verses and the chorus melody is great. The back and forth between Linda and P!nk is enjoyable and a smart decision too, so all in all this is a pretty good song.

@R27: (9) I love how Linda acts as the voice in P!nk’s head, bluntly asking her all of the questions that seem to claw at her endlessly. A true standout.

@tylerc904: (8.5) Cute duet moment, definitely my preferred duet on the album

@sapnu puas: (8) ft Judas herself!!!!!
@savilizabeths: (8) “I really like the dynamic of her and Linda together in this. It’s such an interesting song. I love that they’re talking to each other, as if Linda is a friend or a voice in her head.”

@Verandi: (4) I'm sorry I cringe too much at that chorus. I get what they were going for, but no.

@nikkysan: (4) Sorry but Linda Perry drags this down for me, her voice really irks me.

@abael: (3) That voice Pink puts on when questioning herself is vaguely interesting.

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Wow... this rate is going to kill me.

Three 10's in a row? Not only that, but now that "Lonely Girl" is out, four of my absolute favorite songs by P!nk left in the last five eliminations... Why did you have to do this to me?

I'll write more about the today's eliminations tomorrow, I'm too devastated and sad now.
I just lost two 10’s in that round and people have the AUDACITY to question MY tastes? Madness. Sheer madness.
I love every song that left today. My 11 doesn't seem as safe as I thought...

'Lonely Girl' is gorgeous, P!nk and Linda's vocals just work so well. It's a shame they haven't created more music together recently, isn't it?