What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's some strong language, sexual innuendo, and lots of in-your-face attitude. Conservative parents may not appreciate "Dear Mr. President," an open letter to President Bush that criticizes his administration.
What's the story?
Using some strong language and a lot of attitude, Pink doesn't hold back on I'M NOT DEAD, an accomplished album on which she drives every point home with refreshing honesty and opinionated wit. Getting the party started with "Stupid Girls" ("Maybe if I act like that/that guy will call me back/Porno Paparazzi girls/I don't want to be a stupid girl...I'm so glad that I'll never fit in/that will never be me/outcasts and girls with ambition/that's what I want to see"), Pink lends support to every girl's intelligence and uniqueness over infectious, danceable instrumental tracks. On "Dear Mr. President" she enlists the help of the Indigo Girls with a poignant open letter to George Bush ("How do you sleep while the rest of us cry/How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye/How do you walk with your head held high/Can you even look me in the eye And tell me why?").
Is it any good?
If Pink indulges in a bit of emotional overkill, it's forgivable. Whether or not you agree with her politics, it's hard to disregard any popular artist willing to put herself out there with real opinions about real issues. Add stunning, expressive vocal performances and instrumentals that are beautifully produced and performed, and you have a winner of an album, one that's well worth taking seriously, despite some occasional strong language and in-your-face attitude.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the issues raised by "Stupid Girls" and "Dear Mr. President." What are the messages Pink is trying to get across? Does she do it successfully?