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55. Walk Me Home
Average score: 7.52
Highest score: 10x5
(@Music Is Life, @rick, @kal, @Reboot, @Lost Boy)
Lowest score: 3x2
My score: 10
Walk me home in the dead of night
'Cause I can't be alone with all that's on my mind
Say you'll stay with me tonight
'Cause there is so much wrong going on
'Walk Me Home' proved to be the ultimately grower in my eyes, as despite me initially only really enjoying slightly it now has a very healthy 460 plays recorded on my Last.fm. It started with the chorus, the anthemic roaring perfect for my long car rides spent belting out the open windows, slowly creeping into my skull. It's simultaneously melancholic and euphoric, a conflict of emotion she seems to be well adept at tackling right now, and ultimately I got completely swept up in it.
Quite clearly aimed at a more contemporary audience, the song brings Nate Reuss back to the fold and invokes the likes of fun., imagine dragons, and other feared names on this forum. This really is the pinnacle of adult-contemporary P!nk for me, and I'm not quite sure she can top it? The way it opens with the vocoder thick murmuring and slowly unravels into pure enormity. I adore it.
Also let's talk about the video for a second because I have, bizarrely, seen some unfair criticism lumped at it since its release. Isn't it funny that people rip on P!nk for her circus-like performances and then she goes and proves her adeptness with moving and... they still rip it? The video is, in my opinion, an absolutely masterclass in how to do a music video. It's expensive and powerful, translating the sentiment of the song in a totally unique and powerful way. Incorporating her usual acrobatics with contemporary dance, it's honestly one of the most beautiful videos I've ever seen and it's definitely part of the reason why I'm so in love with the song now.
We all crave political anthems that cut right to the heart, exposing our enemies by name and calling out the world for being wrong, but there's something to be said about the ambiguous that allows the political to thrive alongside the personal. 'Walk Me Home' tackles a world gone wrong with putting your faith in someone and using faith to forget about everything that is broken, boiling down to that powerful moment in the middle of the night when it feels like everyone else is asleep except for the two of you. It's not an anthem dedicated to ripping apart the republic, instead much more concerned with how we survive a politic that no longer considers us, and in doing so it can be a rallying cry for the forgotten. Simply gorgeous.
@Reboot: (10) GORGEOUS. I bet the live performances of this are so good.
@Reboot: (10) This is what Pink is these days. I’m ok with it. Great song, great video. A result I’d say.
@Music Is Life: (10) I really liked this song upon release, and I only grew to love it. I just love the anthemic chorus, and the acoustic guitar and drumming in the production. I just know this song will be done dirty in here.
@Laurence: (8) Nice track, another instance of hearing the song many times because it's a single. It's non-stop on the radio I think...
@Maki: (8) The underwhelming song we were all awaiting. But this is a great example of a grower song - it went from 'meh' to 'great' for me in a week or two. It definitely is desperate to be (or sound like) a hit on Adult Contemporary radio, which was one of my main reasons for disappointment. The chorus is anthemic and memorable for sure. It remains my least favorite lead single by her (not counting "Raise Your Glass", which is very close), and that isn't a surprise.
@tylerc904: (7.5) Another one that is a bit too similar to a certain sounding song, but it really grew on me.
@abael: (7) A good song that needed more thoughtful production to stand out.
@Verandi: (7) Sounds like the closing credits' song of a Disney movie. At least it's not overproduced, I guess. Cool video tho.
@R27: (6.5) The acapella snippet she sang on Ellen sounded so promising, and then I was largely disappointed by the actual song on release. Much like "What About Us" it seems to make a very vague and half-assed attempt at some kind of political commentary ("there's so much wrong with the world outside"). However, this has been growing on me as of late, particularly the chorus, so I'll give this a pass.
@JMRGBY88: (5) disappointingly generic.
@nikkysan: (4.5) Sigh... I’ve tried to see some merit in this but it’s just... nothingy. It definitely feels like it was made to performed in big arenas but it just lacks a lot of personality.
@savilizabeths: (3) “Oh, this is bland. I remember hearing this and immediately discounting the album. The biggest problem is that it’s so…fine. All I want to do when I hear this is yawn and turn something else on, anything else. Sometimes the worst crime a song can commit is being boring, and this is one of those times.”