Pink: ‘The last 3 years, it’s been an insane rollercoaster’ as she releases new album ‘Trustfall’

“Each album is a chapter in my life in this experience I’m having says Pink.

P!NK performed three songs for BBC Radio 2’s month-long Piano Room, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra this week including her hit Try, her new single When I Get There, and her classic cover was Nothing Compares 2 U by Prince (later performed by Sinéad O’Connor).On performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra: ‘It’s so wonderful to perform with the orchestra. They’re so good – I’m watching them read and learn this music and they’re the fastest in the world. I started in singing lessons singing Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera and those sorts of things, so to be able to sit in these pockets is very yummy.’

‘I’ve never done [Try] this way and it’s a pretty punchy tempo song, so to be able to slow it down like this and give it some room to breathe felt so magical. I love when you can take a song and break it down and you then realise, you have a moment to take in how beautiful the song is.’

On her new album: Gary: ‘Do you still get nervous around album release time?’

P!NK: ‘I do because I care. This one especially – I haven’t been this giddy about it in awhile. I feel, because of the time we were able to take to curate this, I feel like I made a real body of work. No throwaway songs whatsoever. Not that I don’t feel great about other albums. I guess the maturity and experience and also what’s been going on the last 3 years, it’s been an insane rollercoaster.’

On her most personal album so far?’

P!NK: ‘They’re all personal, but I feel very proud. I feel very settled – and anxious!’

Pink’s new album ‘Trustfall’ will make you cry, dance: review

Pink, 43, channeled her anxiety and grief into “Trustfall” (out today), on which she documents her journey to accepting even the most difficult changes in life.

The vulnerable record alternates between tear-jerking ballads and dance-floor anthems, a sonic play on the dizzying mood swings that often come with tough times.

The opener, “When I Get There,” is one of the most gut-wrenching tracks in Pink’s two-plus-decade catalog, finding her looking up to the heavens and asking her late father, “Is there a bar up there where you’ve got a favorite chair? / Where you sit with friends and talk about the weather? / Is there a place you go to watch the sunset?”

Starting an album with a slow song seems like a bold choice — until you remember Pink has been rewriting the rulebooks since she came on the scene in 2000 as a neon-haired, envelope-pushing artist who has gone on to call out presidents in her music and scale buildings during live performances.

That ever-present sense of fearlessness carries over to “Runaway,” an earworm of a standout that celebrates living on the edge, as well as “Turbulence,” a blisteringly beautiful reminder that panic-inducing bumps in the road are just temporary.

At times, Pink taps into the badass we’ve all come to know and love. “Hate Me,” which she co-wrote with Adele’s mastermind collaborator Greg Kurstin, showcases a growl in her voice that fans haven’t heard since her 2003 single “Trouble” along with a chantey chorus that could’ve fit on her rollicking 2008 album, “Funhouse.”

The bulk of “Trustfall,” though, is made up of softer, more tender moments. The piano-driven “Lost Cause” normalizes arguments in relationships but asks partners not to take brutal jabs just for the hell of it, while the acoustic Chris Stapleton-featured closer, “Just Say I’m Sorry,” stresses the importance of letting go of pride in a high-stakes relationship.

The overarching theme of the album remains the same even as its 13 tracks bounce from one genre to the next. “Never Gonna Not Dance Again,” the euphoric Max Martin-produced lead single, sums it up perfectly: “We’re never getting younger, so I’m gonna have some fun.”

In a career that’s spanned three decades and won her Grammys, BRITs and Emmys – as well as selling 130 million records – P!nk has earned herself a place amongst pop royalty. Since emerging from the girl group Choice in the mid-90s, she has blazed her own trail to become one of the most recognisable – and popular – music stars of the 21st century, with hits including Get The Party Started, Don’t Let Me Get Me and Just Like A Pill.

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