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Friday, April 26, 2013

Just Give Me A Reason | P!nk featuring Nate Ruess

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

P!nk has been quite a popular woman this year. Her singles, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" and "Try," from her latest album, The Truth About Love, both met massive success, and now "Just Give Me a Reason" is getting the same treatment, but I'm not too happy about the success of this particular song.

I gave The Truth About Love a pretty nice review, but I didn't mention this song to keep the review from going south. "Just Give Me a Reason" was one of my least favorites from the album, but I wouldn't say I hated it. But now, the constant airplay on the radio turned my neutrality into hatred.

Part of my dislike for the song might also come from the fact that if features fun. front-man Nate Ruess, who I also used to like before the radio ruined him, too. To be honest, if I hear "Some Nights" or "We Are Young" one more time while flipping through radio stations in my car, I might deliberately crash myself into a wall. This being said, his inclusion to the song is just awful and makes me dislike the song even more, because I can only imagine his voice singing "Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck / Some nights I call it a draw." The same thing happened to me with Train and the song, "Hey, Soul Sister," and now Patrick Monahan's voice is almost like a knife stabbing me in the ear.

I still haven't mentioned that "Just Give Me a Reason" is really just boring. It's just this slow, repetitive song that seems to go on forever. In fact, I'm really surprised it even hit it big on pop radio, which is usually dominated by more up-beat songs. There's nothing wrong vocally on P!nk's end, because she's as strong as ever in that department, but just because her vocals are strong doesn't make it a good song.

I really want to stress that this song hasn't completely ruined P!nk for me. Funhouse is still one of my favorite albums of all time, and I love the majority of The Truth About Love, but this song just irritated me to the point that I just had to review it. I would really love to see "True Love" or "Slut Like You" rise up, if another single is lifted from The Truth About Love, because I don't want this album's era to end on such a bad note for me.
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