Try This [Enhanced Edition]

Try This [Enhanced Edition]

by PinkPink


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Of all the dance-pop/teen pop singers to emerge in 1999, Pink seemed the least likely to have success. She didn't have an easy-to-market image like Britney or Christina, nor were her singles all that distinctive, so it was a real shock when she reinvented herself as a badass dance-rock chick for her second album, M!ssundaztood. It wasn't just that the album revealed a unique, forceful personality; it was that it crafted an original, dynamic sound from seemingly contradictory sources, as Pink hauled out forgotten 4 Non Blondes leader Linda Perry for her primary collaborator, piled on the hard rock riffs, and sharpened up the R&B rhythms, while writing as nakedly as a confessional singer/songwriter. It was a big surprise that Pink had an album like M!ssundaztood in her, but that surprise is nearly equalled by its successor, Try This, which proves that she can pull off the same trick twice -- an unpredictable giant leap forward, assisted by unlikely collaborators, that winds up being among the best pop music of its given year. While Perry is still around, she only collaborates on three tracks, since Pink has picked another left-field choice for her main co-writer/producer for Try This: Tim Armstrong, one of the lead singer/songwriters for the acclaimed neo-punk band Rancid. Armstrong co-writes and produces eight of the 13 songs here, and while it's true that he helps steer Pink into harder-rocking territory, the end result isn't quite as simple as Try This being a straight-up rock & roll album. Instead, hard rock is used as the foundation for the record (even some of the Perry-written tracks rock very hard), and then it stretches out into several different styles and sounds. Some are familiar -- there's a handful of dance-oriented tracks, a quiet ballad, such as the closer, "Love Song" -- but, like M!ssundaztood, this is pop music that knows no boundaries, borrowing ideas from punk, soul, ska, new wave, and electronica to create an exhilarating listen that crackles with energy and inventiveness. This music has reference points, some intentional and some not -- the similarities of "Trouble" and Nirvana's cover of the Vaselines' "Molly's Lips" may be on purpose, but the echoes of Blur's "Pressure on Julian" on "God Is a DJ" is surely coincidental -- but it's presentation is original and exceptionally well-written. This time around, she's not as consciously confessional, which makes for a nice fit for Armstrong's strong sense of songcraft and pop hooks, resulting in music that is immediately grabbing yet so sturdily crafted it only seems stronger, even catchier, with repeated listens. While Pink's peers take incremental, cautious artistic steps forward, she's slyly fearless, choosing the right collaborators that help her create pop music that has both style and substance to spare. Britney Spears, Pink's avowed arch-nemesis, may claim that she's taking advice from Madonna, but here Pink illustrates that she's the true heir to Madonna's throne, since she displays a restlessness similar to the Material Girl in the '80s, while never once sounding like Madonna -- or other spiritual predecessors like Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, or Debbie Harry, for that matter. With Try This, Pink has firmly established a voice of her own, and in doing so, she's made another tremendous modern pop record. [An Enhanced Edition of Try This comprised the clean version of the CD, and a bonus CD-R track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2003
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886919941722
catalogNumber: 199417
Rank: 86112

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pink   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Tim Armstrong   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Loops,Acoustic Bass
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Sitar,Background Vocals,Vocoder,wah wah guitar
Lars Frederiksen   Guitar,Soloist
Matt Freeman   Bass
Nick Lane   Trombone
David Paich   Organ,Soloist,Hammond B3
Linda Perry   Guitar,Sitar,Mellotron
Lon Price   Tenor Saxophone
Brett Reed   Percussion,Drums
Atticus Ross   Synthesizer,Percussion,Loops
Greg Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Billy Mann   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Dave Carlock   Organ,Bass,Electric Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Matt Mahaffey   Synthesizer,Drums,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Turntables,Omnichord
Travis Barker   Percussion,Drums
Janis Tanaka   Bass
Grecco Buratto   Guitar
Charlie Bisherat   Violin
Galadriel Masterson   Background Vocals
Joshua Seth Eagan   Percussion,Drums
Bryan Keeling   Drums
Hopey Rock   Background Vocals
Paul   Bass
Vic Ruggiero   Piano,Soloist,Hammond B3
Damon Elliott   Percussion,Keyboards
Brian Macleod   Drums
Jonathan S. Davis   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Dorian Crozer   Drums,Tambourine

Technical Credits

Tim Armstrong   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer
Roger Davies   Executive Producer
John Fields   Programming,Engineer,Additional Production
Linda Perry   Composer,Producer
Lon Price   Horn Arrangements
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Atticus Ross   Engineer
Eric Schermerhorn   Composer
Steven Miller   Engineer
Billy Mann   Composer
Craig Logan   Executive Producer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Dave Carlock   Engineer,drum programming
Pink   Composer,Executive Producer
Glen Nakasako   Art Direction
Merrill Nisker   Composer
Dave Guererro   Engineer
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
Paul   Composer
Eric White   Engineer
Damon Elliott   Composer,Programming,Producer
Brian Macleod   Composer
John Silas Cranfield   Engineer
Jonathan S. Davis   Composer,Engineer,drum programming

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