Funhouse

 
Bitter breakup spawns angry but excellent album.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's taunting, raging, and fighting, although Pink admits that it's gotten out of hand: "How did we get so mean? How do we just move on?"

Violence

Plenty of angry rants: "Burn this f--ker down," "I wanna start a fight," "You're my perfect little punching bag."

Sex

A few songs have mild sexual references, and "This Is How It Goes Down" (a bonus track) is more explicit: "I may try that threesome / Better late than never."

Language

A few songs contain profanity, including "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several songs mention drinking, including drinking to deal with bad feelings.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pink doesn't hold back in this album about her recent divorce. There's a lot of raw emotion, including angry rants about her ex, and descriptions of self-destructive behavior like drinking to cope with difficult experiences. There's some profanity and sexual content, but it's milder than her last album, I'm Not Dead.

What's the story?

An extended kiss-off to ex-husband Carey Hart, Pink's fifth album, FUNHOUSE, doesn't pull any punches. Hart is a "tool," Pink is a rock star, and she's better off without him, according to the album's chart-topping taunt, "So What." The Grammy winner also threatens to "burn this f--ker down" in the title track's New Wave-y rave up and gets ready to knock back more than a few martinis in the rollicking "Bad Influence."

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Although her up-tempo rages are catchy, Pink is at her best when she drops the bratty bravado. The poppy "Please Don't Leave Me" and bluesy ballad "Mean" find Pink owning up to her bad behavior, while the anthemic "Sober" channels the buzz of a love that's all-consuming, culminating in a breathtaking string quartet coda. Backed by slinky beats and punctuated with horns, "One Foot Wrong" is Pink at her soulful best. Forget the bad-girl boasts: Singing well is the best revenge.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about dealing with difficult breakups. How can teens work through their anger without "fighting dirty"? Who can you talk to when you're feeling angry or depressed? Parents can also emphasize that drinking to deal with emotions can be dangerous and often makes bad feelings even worse.

Music details

Artist:Pink
Release date:October 28, 2008
Label:La Face
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old August 11, 2009
age 12+
 

MAYBE FOR OLDER TWEENS; PERFECT FOR TEENS

A few expletives (four in the whole album, to be exact): (in "So What") "the waiter just took my table/and gave it to Jessica Simp.../(s--t!)"; (in "Funhouse") "I'll find a new place/burn this f--ker down"; (in "Mean") "you'd always send me flowers/as if you f--ked up in my dreams" and "I'd always make you laugh at/all the silly s--t I did". A few violent references: "Please Don't Leave Me" is about Pink wanting her boyfriend to stay with her--just so she can beat him up more. (NOTE: Never watch the video of "Please Don't Leave Me"! It is gross and abusive the way it shows Pink beating up her boyfriend!)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old February 13, 2010
age 13+
 

Ok Album, Just Remember to Pre-Listen

Pretty ok album, some of the songs get really old fast, some are awesome. There are a few implications of violence, some bad language, a few mentions of drinking, and some iffy messages, but most of it isn't a huge concern. The language is probably your largest concern. Pre-listen then buy it for your kid. Best choice.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byCowBells February 20, 2009
age 10+
 

Amazing CD with a Few Issues

First off, I am in no way hating this CD- the lyrics, the message, and the music is great. The only problem is the moods; if your teen is suffering some love issues, probably not the best idea to introduce them to these tracks. The downers make them feel more lonely, and the ticked off ones only make them hate their ex's more so.

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