Leave it to Pink to bring one of pop’s wittiest tunesmiths out of retirement: She’s just premiered her collaboration with British singer-songwriter Lily Allen, “True Love,” which marks Allen’s first release since she “retired” in 2009. The Greg Kurstin-helmed track is a sharply produced piece of radio candy that complements Pink’s recent single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and that other high-profile collaboration — with Eminem on ”Here Comes the Weekend.”
Over a sunny beat, the track features such pithy, sharp-tongued lyrics as: “At the same time, I wanna hug you / I wanna wrap my hands around your neck / You’re an a**hole, but I love you.” Allen drops in on the song’s bridge to ask: ”Why do you rub me up the wrong way? / Why do you say the things that you say?”
If Allen’s presence on the track feels a little perfunctory, it’s probably because she’s saving all her wittiest and most poignant lyrics for her own upcoming release. The “Smile” singer recently tweeted that she’s back in the studio with Kurstin working on the follow-up to her critically acclaimed sophomore LP, 2009′s It’s Not Me, It’s You, after taking three years away from music to raise her child. And since no tracks from that release have surfaced yet, this latest guest spot is a good stopgap for fans.