As her trendsetting childhood idol Madonna
did decades ago, Pink seems poised to take the music industry by storm with her sassy debut album, CAN'T TAKE ME HOME. With her close-cropped pink tresses, a self-assured bravado, and a breathy, expansive soprano, Pink became an MTV darling after her energetic single for the woman-scorned, "There You Go," hit the airwaves. In that video, the tongue-pierced former club kid hurls a motorcycle -- Evil Knievel-style -- into her cheatin' boyfriend's apartment window. Needless to say, this 22-year-old is no doormat. Throughout the polished record, which was co-produced by LaFace Records top tastemaker Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
, Pink puts a soulful, decidedly mature sounding spin on the classic themes of love and loss, coming of age, and self-acceptance. Standout tracks include the rock-tinged ballad "Leaving for the Last Time," the theatrical "Split Personality," and the uptempo, individuality-affirming "Do What U Do." As she admits on the clever, midtempo "Hiccup," "Pink don't think before she speak." And for a new artist as outspoken as she is, that's a good thing.