Beautiful Trauma

Beautiful Trauma

by Pink

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Overview

Five years separate Beautiful Trauma from its predecessor, 2012's The Truth About Love -- a half-decade P!nk generally acknowledges in lyrical themes, not musical terms. Chalk this up to a general maturation -- the singer/songwriter is a happily married mother of two, creeping up on her 40th birthday -- but her decision to do little more than nod at contemporary musical trends is deliberate, a reflection of how her hits and audience have crept toward the adult contemporary charts. P!nk isn't entirely ready to enter Adele territory: She's still as liable to curse as croon, she makes the occasional feint toward EDM pop, and has the sense to hire Jack Antonoff, the hitmaker du jour of 2017, as a collaborator. These modern moments are bunched up at the beginning of the record, coalescing around "Revenge" -- a catchy bit of clean funk mussed up by a wildly inappropriate Eminem verse that seems culled from outtakes of The Eminem Show -- giving the false impression that Beautiful Trauma is a livelier album than it is, but once the record slides into the piano-anchored ballad "But We Lost It," it enters an extended stretch where diva showstoppers alternate with delicate folk tunes and icy midtempo pop. Every one of these styles is executed well -- the productions are crisp, not chilly, they're undergirded with genuine feeling that P!nk conveys with her measured performances -- but the cumulative feel is somewhat less than the individual parts. Maybe the culprit is that Beautiful Trauma feels too controlled, with every element in its right place. There's none of the emotional mess that has enlivened some of P!nk's best work, and while this sense of calm may be well earned, it does result in a tamer record. [Beautiful Trauma was also released in a clean version that removed the album's explicit content.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2017
Label: Rca
UPC: 0889854747022
catalogNumber: 547470
Rank: 14297

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pink   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
David Campbell   Conductor
Bill Jolly   Hammond Organ
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Billy Mann   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Max Martin   Keyboards
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Steve Mac   Keyboards
Roberto Cani   Violin
Michael Valerio   Bass
Katherine Vincent   Viola
Chris Laws   Drums
Mattias Johansson   Violin
Jack Antonoff   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Gerardo Hilera   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Victoria Parker   Violin
Serena McKinney   Violin
Mattias Bylund   Strings
Missi Hale   Background Vocals
Shellback   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Armen Ksajikian   Cello
David Stone   Bass
Luke Maurer   Viola
Mario de León   Violin
Johnny McDaid   Guitar
Busbee   Piano,Background Vocals
Salvador Ojeda   Vocals
Ross Golan   Guitar
Phillip A. Peterson   Celli
Evan Smith   Saxophone
Oscar Holter   Keyboards
David Bukovinszky   Cello
Robin Fredriksson   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Christian Medice   Drums
Struts   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards
Mattman & Robin   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Matt Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Roger Davies   Executive Producer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Billy Mann   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Max Martin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Steve Mac   Composer,Producer
Pink   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Jack Antonoff   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mattias Bylund   String Arrangements
Nick Steinhardt   Art Direction
Shellback   Composer,Programming,Producer
Noah Passovoy   Engineer
Sam Holland   Engineer
Johnny McDaid   Composer
Busbee   Composer,Producer
Salvador Ojeda   Piano Engineer
Ross Golan   Composer,Vocal Producer
John Silas Cranfield   Engineer
Dann Pursey   Engineer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Mattias Larsson   Composer
Laura Sisk   Engineer
Oscar Holter   Composer,Programming,Producer
Robin Fredriksson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Sam Dew   Composer
Jakob Jerlström   Composer
Ludvig Söderberg   Composer
Christian Medice   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Struts   Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Mattman & Robin   Programming,Producer
Tobias Jesso   Composer,Producer
Michael Illbert   Engineer

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