A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.