Funhouse

Music review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Bitter breakup spawns angry but excellent album.
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Parents say

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Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhelenmirrenrox May 26, 2011

Good Album, some bad songs, some good.

Language - The songs with bad language are - "So What", "Crystle Ball", "Funhouse", and "Mean". These songs include lin... Continue reading
Adult Written bywinningloser712 January 1, 2009

great cd with some few downers

this cd has some fast songs and some sad down songs since she just got divorced theres not a lot of langugue but when there is its pretty bad saying f*ck or sh*... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 13, 2010

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 drinkin... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCowBells February 20, 2009

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 is... Continue reading

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.

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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