Funhouse

Funhouse

4.3 65
by Pink
     
 

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Richard Thompson compared his bumpy marriage to Linda Thompson to a roller coaster named "the Wall of Death" and Pink picks up this carnivalesque thread, calling her troubled relationship with motocross star Carey Hart a Funhouse on her own entry into a long prestigious line of autobiographical divorceSee more details below

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Richard Thompson compared his bumpy marriage to Linda Thompson to a roller coaster named "the Wall of Death" and Pink picks up this carnivalesque thread, calling her troubled relationship with motocross star Carey Hart a Funhouse on her own entry into a long prestigious line of autobiographical divorce albums that stretches back to Blood on the Tracks. Naturally, Funhouse doesn't have any musical similarities with either Blood or Shoot Out the Lights, but Pink's divorce album is also emotionally different than either of these classics or Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear. Dylan, Thompson, and Gaye layer their albums with self-recriminations and ruminations, niceties that Pink shrugs off in one song, the brooding "I Don't Believe You." Other songs allude to the pain of the separation but never in a way that digs deep -- the musically fine blues-rocker "Mean" trots out clichés, the delicate spooky Stevie Nicks folk of "Crystal Ball" skirts the divorce, and far from being a primal scream, "Please Don't Leave Me" surges on a Max Martin hook that pushes away the pain. But as Pink makes clear with the album-opening single "So What" -- also co-written with Martin -- she's more than ready to get out of this relationship, thrilled that she's still a rock star, still drinking in the afternoon. That her enthusiastic hedonism kind of contradicts the letter of her Britney-baiting "Stupid Girls" doesn't mean that it violates the spirit, as this is still the same Pink, the one who spits out jokes as she rumbles. This snotty stance is second nature to her, so maybe that's why Funhouse only really clicks when Pink abandons any pretense of mourning her relationship and just cuts loose with galumphing rhythms and schoolyard taunts, the kind that fuel both "So What" and "Bad Influence" and make them instantly indelible. This kind of oversized, obnoxious pop is where Pink's heart is at -- she's ready to party and as long as the tempo is high, Funhouse is a ride, empowered by her post-divorce freedom. In a way, that does make Funhouse unique among divorce albums, as it's the first to concentrate on liberation rather than loss -- but if she was going to go in this direction, Pink may have been better off not pretending that she's bothered by the breakup.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
With songwriter Max Martin chipping in, the rock diva finds ways to make emotional rawness go pop on Funhouse, turning out silly, catchy funk and supercharged electro.
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
The sadder Pink gets, the better the big, rocky roar that characterizes much of the disc sounds. [B+]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
Label:
La Face
UPC:
0886973675922
catalogNumber:
736759
Rank:
3621

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pink   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Stevie Blacke   Strings,Track Performer
Jimmy Harry   Guitar,Keyboards
Henrik Janson   Strings
Butch Walker   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
John Yarling   Drums
Guy Baker   Trumpet
Joey Waronker   Drums
Billy Mann   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Max Martin   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Tony Kanal   Bass,Bass Guitar
Roger Manning   Keyboards
Darren Dodd   Drums
Eg White   Guitar,Percussion,Strings,Drums,Hammond Organ,Moog Bass,Hammond B3
Pete Wallace   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Harmonium
Roger Joseph Manning   Piano,Keyboards
Peter Parente   Guitar
Niklas Olovson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Stockholm Session Strings   Strings
Josh Kane   Drums
DJ Willrock   Turntables
Chris Galland   Guitar
Kinnda Hamid   Background Vocals
Robin Mortensen Lynch   Guitar
Shellback   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Omnichord
Uli Janson   Strings

Technical Credits

Stevie Blacke   Arranger,String Arrangements
Daniel Chase   Programming
Clay   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Roger Davies   Management
Jimmy Harry   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Henrik Janson   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Dag Lundquist   Engineer
Linda Perry   Composer
Butch Walker   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Billy Mann   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jake Davies   Engineer,Audio Production
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Joe Zook   Engineer
Irene Taylor   Management
Tony Kanal   Composer,Producer
Pink   Composer
Michael Ilbert   Engineer
Eg White   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Pete Wallace   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
MachoPsycho   Composer,Audio Production
Niklas Olovson   Programming
Nick Steinhardt   Art Direction
Steven Manzano   Management
Delwyn Rees   Management
Michele Schweitzer   Publicity
Jeri Helden   Art Direction
Robin Mortensen Lynch   Programming
Shellback   Composer,drum programming
Uli Janson   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
M. Martin   Composer
Nathaniel Hills   Composer
Marcella Araica   Composer,Engineer

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