Funhouse

Funhouse

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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

Overview

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. [Funhouse was also released in a clean version with profanity removed.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
Label:
La Face
UPC:
0886973714324
catalogNumber:
737143
Rank:
89825

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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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Funhouse 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
ReneeParker More than 1 year ago
I was able to preview the whole album - it's fantastic!! I really think it is some of her best work - there's a good mix of music styles from dance to acoustic . . . really good. As always her voice is fabulous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have loved her voice since we first heard it! She reminds me of Janis Joplin, with the gritty sounds, especially in "Dear Mr. President"! She touches my soul! She is up to date and beautiful!
Oofa More than 1 year ago
Though it's not as good as "I'm Not Dead", it's darn close to it. But, on the other hand, it is better because you can really feel the pain in these songs where "Dead" was more fun and in your face. The musical styles on this CD are all over the place. This just proves P!nk can do it!

I've often thought that she sounds like Janis Joplin,all you have to do is listen to "Mean". One word...WOW! The acoustic songs here give you a chance to catch your breath before she explodes again, just like a Funhouse ride.

I know this review is all over the place, but I'm listening to the CD as I type. What can I say? There's not a bad song on this whole disc.
What are you waiting for? BUY IT, NOW!!! :)
Janet123 More than 1 year ago
I saw Pink perform on the Grammy's and then Oprah...After Oprah, I went straight to B&N to buy Pink's CD because I never knew how good she is (I'm older than probably most of her fans-49!)...
bella_swan_lover More than 1 year ago
I only needed to hear that So What was on here and they got 5 stars!!! One of my favorite songs EVER!!!
KityinTheCity More than 1 year ago
SHE IS SO SEXY, BAD ASS, GUTSY, VERY TALENTED!!!!!!!!! I don't know anyone out there that gives her enough notice! Singer,songer,aerialist, dancer,stage presence, sexy as hell, and doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks! That's sexy! SOULFUL, righ to the point, Wow! Here performance in the UK was on you tube, i think last year, and I watched ot last night on VH1 when she was in Austraila, and she sold the most tix's ever for any concert! I would have loved to been there! I GOT GOOSE BUMPS! Alicia makes me cry, Laugh, smile, and then shake my head in total amazement of how talented she really is. I don't do tat's on my body, but I think I just might have to put PINK somewhere on my body to feel her strength everytime, I see it. I love Cary and her together, hope they stay 2gether!
JJB1 More than 1 year ago
Pink is GREAT and this CD is superb.
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DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
pink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! at her best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
she has been around a while and I herd so what on letterman and liked it. I really relate to so what. like her, I was in a bad relation ship and it tore my hart out. she is only venting her frustration out. she will find her self and REALLY KICK A**. YOU GO GIRL!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
people who say that this abulm sucks really cant hear very well becuase
p!nk is the greatest artist out there and so what is the BEST SONG IN THE WORLD! its background music is so awesome and the lyrics are so awesome the whole song is just awesome! i love p!nk she is so pretty and talented she is just so awesome this album i think truely is her best one yet:D BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this CD has a lot of ballad-y stuff that isn't what I expected from Pink's grittiness in her hits. If you like So What, you may not like the rest of the CD.
lovelyleo More than 1 year ago
This album was truly amazing. She used some of the unfortunate circumstances surrounding her at the time to fully embrace how she felt and exposed her feelings to the max ... as is PINKS true style ... to all of us. Especially loved Glitter in the Air ... one song that rings true and is a favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Pink since she has so many styles and always sings from her heart. I love this album for that reason. It's different from all her others....more ballads like and it's about breaking up with Corey Heart HOWEVER it's real....it's Pink.
book_worm_slk More than 1 year ago
p!nk is an AH_mazing artist and i hope she keeps on singing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
P!nk is completely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is her best CD yet. Great job P!nk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully more coming
imgriffees More than 1 year ago
I love when Pink's music tells stories and shares her emotions. I absolutely love this album, whether the rock & roll, soulfull or amazing ballad..... it's in my eyes (& ears) the best!!
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