Pink’s Beautiful Trauma: relatable pop with a positive message

Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 05:00


Beautiful Trauma


RCA Records


Pink has done a remarkable thing with her career: she remains consistent with her delivery of relatable pop songs but loiters below the mainstream line so we can’t get sick of her.

On Beautiful Trauma, her seventh album, she continues to do that, while furiously waving the flag for the underdogs. 

What About Us is a rapturous song that’s inadvertently become an anthem for equal rights, and Wild Hearts and Where We Go follow that uplifting lead.

Produced by Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Lorde), Beautiful Trauma is a non-stop pep talk from someone so well-versed in the lows, but when words like “whore” and “slut” pop up on Revenge, courtesy of a misguided jack-in-the-box appearance from Eminem, the positive message of the album feels compromised.