Try This

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Sensational performer who doesn't hold back.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

There's an oddly innocent "Girl Power" message in between all the swear words.


A teasing S&M sensibility, mostly innuendo.


There's some pretty explicit sexuality.


This CD is brought to you by the letter "F."


No obvious tie-ins here.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's a sad anti-drug song, and a few other references here and there.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that if you don't want to hear the "F" word, don't buy this album. If you don't mind this particular word, you'll find some exceptional rock & roll and an all-too-rare girl-power message on this CD.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhelenmirrenrox June 30, 2011

Maybe age 16

There are some bad messages about being Trouble, using people, S & M, Dreams about sex, Lying to your mom for a boy, Going on Drugs again, and writing l... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byrandonheaton February 21, 2011
shes gross
Teen, 13 years old Written byink January 22, 2010

What's the story?

TRY THIS by Pink is an interesting, well-produced, and empowering CD -- if you can get past the liberally used \"F\" word. You have a choice, of course, between the limited edition DVD-inclusive CD, the Parental Advisory explicit CD, or the Edited CD. Whichever one you buy, you'll be hit head on with Pink's \"F**k You\" attitude, so it almost doesn't matter which you choose.\"Save My Life\" is a sad recounting of a young woman's struggle with drugs. It's real and honest in a way that most drug songs are not. Pink has learned to use the material gleaned from her troubled past to entertain, and she does it very well.

Is it any good?

With a wink and a cynical sneer, Pink attacks this excellent collection of songs with intelligence, energy, and surprisingly soulful depth. In collaboration with Rancid's Tim Armstrong, who produced the project, her vocals growl and shimmer. She's a strong performer with an empowering message -- adversity can be overcome -- You don't have to let 'em get you--you really don't. This CD is not for everyone, but there's a lot to love about it, if you're comfortable enough with a certain profane word or two.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about portraying genuineness in music. Does that necessarily mean using offensive words? Do these words add to the effectiveness of a song or simply distract and disturb?

Music details

  • Artist: Pink
  • Release date: November 11, 2003
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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