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on November 16, 2010
Pink was not only the unlikeliest of pop stars to grab the reins of success in the 2000s, but she outdid her similarly marketed contemporaries, scoring an impressive succession of hit singles. Even when she hit bumps in the road she bounced back, adding different elements to her sound without changing its core. She is one of the few who hit the mainstream circa 1999 who maintains staying power, and "Greatest Hits...So Far!!!" proves why.
There are a few hits missing - the attitudinal "You Make Me Sick" from her debut album and "Feel Good Time," a delightful collaboration with William Orbit from the "Charlies Angels: Full Throttle" soundtrack, are among them - but "Greatest Hits...So Far!!!" is also an overstuffed disc with over a dozen hits and new material as well to round out the package.
The tracks are sequenced well. It is no surprise to see the major hits from her career-changing "Missundaztood" album frontload this compilation. It has been a long while since that album's release, and the casual fan a hits collection like this one is aimed would be easily won over by their inclusion. It is no surprise that the witty, sarcastic, self-deprecating "Don't Let Me Get Me" scored her major success and that the hook-laden confessional "Just Like a Pill" continued it.
This is before considering the major crossover success of "Get the Party Started," which showcased her brash personality while broadening her fan base and the thoughtful, pensive, lyrically incisive "Family Portrait."
The hits continued, even though "Trouble" was the only major one she scored from 2003's "Try This." When it crashed into the Hot 100 the irrepressibly catchy, mightily intelligent "Stupid Girls" became one of her biggest hits immediately - and it remains one of the most impressive pop singles of the 2000s. "So What" gave her a new career milestone, becoming her first solo #1 hit.
Other tracks included are smaller hits than some not included - the highly imaginative "Glitter In the Air" was really only a novelty hit following her show-stopping performance at the 2010 Grammy Awards, hitting #18 the following week and then descending the charts - but they still round out the disc nicely.
The new material included does not live up to the cache and punch of the majority of the hits. "Raise Your Glass" is festive and fun, but "[...] Perfect" and "Heartbreak Down" sound like rejects not deemed not strong enough for conclusion. They are inspired, demonstrating Pink's artistic drive, but are not particularly memorable.
International versions of the album include the raw, impressive "Whataya Want from Me." The song, which she wrote for her "Funhouse" album - was unwisely cut from that CD and given to Adam Lambert, who scored his first major hit with it last year.