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Album review: Pink



The fingerprints of teen-pop maven Max Martin are visible on Funhouse, but Pink has always leavened her pop leanings with depth.

That's the case on these 12 songs, which range from the exuberant sass of So What to pessimistic takes on love (I Don't Believe You) and odes to self-doubt (Sober) that have no business being this catchy.

When Pink slows down for a ballad such as One Foot Wrong, it illustrates that the singer is a craftsman in the studio. That one is mainly a slinky torch song, but the understated strings and horns are roughed up just enough by electronic touches and a rockish descending chord pattern.

The album's best bits, however, sound sunny despite the dark lyrical terrain, whether it's the propulsive dance-beat of Please Don't Leave Me or the title track's shimmering, disco-rock hybrid.

If this is pop, it's highly evolved.