Pink Writes In Her Diary

Oct 16th, 2008 // 8 Comments

TITLE: Funhouse
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 28, 2008
WEB DEBUT: Oct. 15, 2008

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: What would happen if Kelly Clarkson had gone the route suggested by Clive Davis and brought in professional songwriters to punch up My December? The result may have sounded something like Funhouse, which has the still-kinda-brash Alecia Moore working with hired hands like Max Martin, Butch Walker, and Tony Kunal (of No Doubt) on a slew of songs about the end of her affair. Funhouse was originally slated to be called Heartbreak Is A Motherfucker, and the sentiment is still there in titles like “It’s All Your Fault” and “Could’ve Had Everything”; it’s also there in the sound of the album, which, contrary to the expectations put forth by the still-annoying “So What,” is overwhelmingly pensive and anxious. “Sober,” which is slated to be the next single, could have been an Evanescence track, with its strings and sorta-morose relationship-as-addiction lyrics; “Glitter In The Air” is a piano-and-Pink ballad that’s as close-talking as Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.” This is definitely an album that takes the whole idea of the titular funhouse not being all that fun and throws it back in the face of anyone within listening range, but not necessarily in a bad way. I suspect I’ll be playing the whole thing–well, maybe not “So What,” but the rest of it–a lot over the coming months.

THE BEST TRACK: The Martin-assisted “Please Don’t Leave Me” is a sadder version of “Who Knew,” with an airy, wistful “da da da da” threaded throughout the track–and as a sucker for that slow-burn hit, I’ve already spun it four or five times this morning–but it’s the Walker-produced “Mean,” which is a direct descendant of Aerosmith’s last-call ballad “What It Takes,” that I suspect will be the track on this album with the most staying power.


  1. Anonymous

    Is this really called Fun House? I seem to remember hearing another album called Fun House that was, you know, one of the best albums ever.

  2. Chris Molanphy

    @tim_loves_cats: Something tells me there isn’t a lot of overlap between those two fanbases. Hell, Maura and I might be it.

  3. Maura Johnston

    @Chris Molanphy: And Kelly Clarkson!

  4. the rich girls are weeping

    Um, is Linda Perry like so over now or what? Did Max Martin have her offed or something?

  5. Maura Johnston

    @the rich girls are weeping: I think she’s been trapped by Courtney Love.

  6. the rich girls are weeping

    @Maura Johnston: Ohhhh, that’s right. *sigh*

  7. the rich girls are weeping

    @Maura Johnston: BTW, the reason I mention Martin is that he’s done pretty much every song recently that I would have pegged as a Perry production. I’ve been wrong every time — and every time, it’s Martin’s handiwork instead.

  8. Thierry

    @Maura Johnston: D’you think she might be doing a little cleaning for her, too?

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