Pink might be well known for the freshman R&B/pop sound on her first record, but Missundaztood is a complete leap in the opposite direction.
The title track is a bopping song that lays no foundation or footprint in any genre. Even more proof that Pink wants to shake the pop label is a verse from “Don’t Let Me Get Me” where Pink cracks back with “Tired of being compared to damn Britney Spears/ She’s so pretty that just ain’t me.” However, with a track like “Get The Party Started”, you start to wonder if Pink isn’t full of it because the track is a sure pop hit.
Another side of Pink comes as she does a lot of Fiona Apple-like tracks. “Just Like A Pill” gets close to Apple, but it’s “Numb” that really makes a huge homage.
“Respect” is old school hip-hop and annoying. But no worries as “Misery”, sung with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, is perhaps her best track recorded yet. With its heart worn on the sleeve and soul floating along, her lovely voice just buries its head into your hands. “Lonely Girl” is another song that won’t make radio, but is still a great song nonetheless.
There is an obvious nod to 4 Non Blondes. Vocalist Linda Perry contributes a whole lot to this record as she co-wrote and produced a good portion. Perry’s contribution has made a marked change on Pink and you can only hope there is more of this to come.
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