Single Review: P!nk – ‘Fuckin’ Perfect’

P!nk never been one to beat about the bush with controversial matters, particularly if they’re close to her heart. In fact, I’m pretty sure if she met a bush that needed beating, she’d just torch it, ride off into the distance on one of her many bikes and be done with it. So it’s fair to say P!nk has always been straight to the point when it comes to vocalising equality.


So when P!nk does an anthem about self-esteem and self-worth, expect it to be bold, poignant, and unashamed. Following in the footsteps of her last single, the equality anthem ‘Raise Your Glass’, ‘Fuckin’ Perfect’ deals with self-acceptance on a far more realistic level. P!nk spares no manners as her audacity grabs hold of the reigns and she proclaims that you should ever feel “less than fuckin’ perfect” because of who you are.


The song, written by P!nk back in 1998, feels very auto-biographical not just in the lyricism, but in the sincere delivery P!nk gives it; everything about the delivery is very honest and, at times, candid. It’s not too contextually dissimilar from many of P!nk’s past hits and occasionally it can feel like she’s gone overboard with the “love yourself” message but her voice does seem to pull off the rawness and magnify bittersweet optimism the song exudes. Her voice on this track, as well as many of her past rock/pop ballads such as ‘Don’t Let Me Get Me’, ‘Who Knew?’ or ‘Sober’, convince wholly and succeed at evoking an emotional response that other big American popstars’ comparatively weaker voices just couldn’t.


None-the-less, there is something, and this is something I’ve also noticed from ‘Raise This Glass’, is that it sounds distinctively like a Greatest Hits single. It’s got a bit of acoustic guitar, a poppy drum beat, and a simple rock guitar backing for the explosive chorus; it doesn’t really say “2011”, so it’s kind of oddly retro, but not too retro that it sounds dated. The lyrics could do with an overhaul, as line by line you’re swept downwards with P!nk’s all-too-often goofy penning – “Pretty, pretty please/Don’t you ever, ever feel”, being a good example, which does give the impression it was quickly fashioned around the title lyric just before recording.


To stop the boredom of repetition creeping up and stripping the song of the emotive punch it provides, some strings are added second time around and climax at an anthemic middle eight, finishing with some very impressive – but still equally emotive as before – vocal ad libs from the American songstress as the song concludes.


Here’s the video: Apparently P!nk opted to take a back seat with regards to her role in this video and effectively hide signs of her pregnancy because she felt it would “take away from the message of the video”.


Warning: The following uncensored version of the video contains images and scenes some viewers may find distressing and/or disturbing. If you’re easily offended by scenes of a sexual nature, self-harm or drugs abuse, please do not watch the video.





When you think about it, there seems to be a bit of a trend with songs about accepting who you are as of late isn’t there? I guess it all started with Bruno Mars’ ‘Just The Way You Are’ and spiralled out of controlled when everyone stateside realised they could score a hit with a “Yay! You’re you!”-styled anthem – Katy’s ‘Firework’ quickly followed suit, then Ke$ha’s ‘We R Who We R’, followed by GaGa’s ‘Born This Way’ (which, incidentally, was written months before any of the aforementioned), but in the end, P!nk’s ‘Fuckin’ Perfect’ more than holds it’s own against some of the biggest 2010/2011 equality anthems despite that fact many people should be sick of them now. 


Rating: 4.0 STARS


Download: February 21, 2011 (OUT NOW)


Featured Album: ‘P!nk: Greatest Hits… So Far!!!’

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