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5.0 out of 5 stars History repeats itself.........., November 15, 2008
This review is from: Funhouse (Audio CD)
Strange title for a rock music review, but hear me out. Remember, most of my reviews are [a] albums by pretty blondes, and, [b] some really complicated books on side-issues in history. Any professional historian knows the truth of my title. I heard this record a couple of days ago, and was pleasantly surprised...the "rock" is not hard, except in spots. Plus, you can understand Pink's words; that's important to me, and rare in a rocker. I really like it. I find the girl pretty, in a tough sort of way, though I don't care for the nasal piercing, but to each her own. I've been thinking about it [easy with the cover], and I think I've got an idea, wrong though it may be....

This is Carly Simon for the 21st. century. Hard-edged, with tattoos, and likes girls as well as guys. Still. Think about it...what do we know Carly for? [1] Sexy/sexual album covers, and [2] Wearing her heart on her sleeve about broken relationships and substance abuse. Well... OK, Carly never showed us THIS much flesh, but if "Boys in the Trees" and "Hotcakes" don't have sexual jacket covers, I don't know what does. Her best work came out of her break-up with James Taylor [and Sinatra's after Ava Gardner]. I understand that the present offering results from Pink's divorce. Shared pain. Confusion. Fabulous music.

Let's talk specifics..."So What"...hard rock, but clear lyrics. Her man's gone, right from the opening line. Heck with him; she's still a rock star. "Sober". Good idea. The answer is not in drugs/alcohol, 'cause one day you find that you've lost you. "I Don't Believe You". FABULOUS song..softest rock you'll ever want. Her man was gone, and so what. Well...not so fast. "One Foot Wrong" Abuse. Carly never gave us that. Lot's of girls wrongly think the abuse they suffer is their own fault, but, sometimes, girls give out as well as take. "Please Don't Leave Me" even though I'm verbally abusive. "Bad Influence" Using alcohol to make another girl get flirty? Yeah, I'd say so. "Funhouse" The title cut, and I think, the source of the Parental Advisory. It's a great song and rocks hard...back to her busted marriage. They had a fun house, now she's gonna burn it down. "Crystal Ball"...."Mean"...."It's All Your Fault"....More pain, more alcohol, more mutually shared abuse, more get out/don't go. More confusion and regrets. "Ave Mary A" Sorry, I don't get this one. "Glitter In The Air" Best song on the record [along with "I Don't Believe You]. Listen. It's magic. We had something great, didn't we?

This is a wonderful recording. To say I was surprised is an understatement. I REALLY like the girl, and the record. Forget the warning...the lyrics aren't that explicit, and little kids won't get the content anyway. Great artwork, excellent sound [my sub woofer felt it]. If you've even felt pain, been conflicted, or had a less than perfect moment in a relationship, this disc is for you. Six stars.
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Initial post: Feb 25, 2010 12:43:52 PM PST
You wrote this FORVER ago, but I noticed you said you didn't get Ave Mary A. I'd say it's cleary got some amount of reference to ave maria, the religious song... P!nk's song is about how the world's gone crazy, and everything is out of control. "where did you go, how did you know to get out of a world gone mad? help me let go..." It's a searching song, and it might have something to do with searching for a God? Wondering where God has gone? reguardless, it is about the world being out of control, and her questioning how it got that way, and where the peace and sanity and love and all that has gone. Of course it means something a little different to every person who hears it, but the whole the world's gone crazy, help me find a way out of the insanity part is universal.
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