Try This - P!nk

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. While Pink's peers take incremental, cautious artistic steps forward, she's slyly fearless, choosing the right collaborators that help her create pop music that has both style and substance to spare.
  2. Try This dares Pink's huge but hardly guaranteed audience to hear the world her way--without wasting one moment on indulgent experimentation, rote grandstanding, or retreats into conformism.
  3. A hooky, engaging throwaway that expands Pink's range while holding on fiercely to her irascible inner child.
  4. 80
    The only thing missing is a killer pop hit to follow "Get the Pary Started." [Nov 2003, p.120]
  5. Unlike other wannabes, Pink shares Madonna's two best assets: a keen eye for the next collaborator to further her cause and the ability to sound like Pink no matter what shape her cause takes. [Dec 2003, p.133]
  6. As unlikely as the collaboration [with Tim Armstrong] looked on paper, it works perfectly because the Pennsylvania native has always brandished a punk sneer beneath the corsets, gaudy hair color, and naughty girl demeanor.
  7. The areas where Try This falls down are those where P!nk eschews the eclecticism of the stronger tracks and instead produces bog-standard pop-punk or R&B tracks.
  8. Some of it sounds similar, but Pink sticks to her guns on relationship tunes ("Last to Know"), decent dance-floor jams ("Trouble," "God Is a DJ") and tougher rockers ("Try Too Hard").
  9. 75
    Closer in spirit to Rancid's bighearted radio punk than to anything Pink has put her name on before--all scrappy power chords and wounded warmth. [Jan 2004, p.97]
  10. Armstrong... gives it a welcome sense of cohesion.
  11. 'Try This' is quite the album - most things to all people, touched by audacious greatness, and as fine an advert for imperfectionism as we could've demanded.
  12. Pink's delivery says more than her often wince-inducing lyrics, but it means enough to make Try This an engagingly revealing album.
  13. Ultimately there's something very 80s about Pink. Something very kitsch and plastic; something very 'Breakfast Club'.
  14. 60
    Top heavy with gleeful dysfunctional relationship songs, though eventually stalling via forgettable '80s rock mediocrity. [Dec 2003, p.109]
  15. After Missundaztood, her choices were to repeat herself or to try more material outside her realm of expertise. She does a little of both on Try This, with mixed results.
  16. Like a lot of pop at the moment, it just sounds like a wan imitation of Pink's second album.
  17. Pink pitches a brand of seriousness that is pure Lifetime-TV mawkishness.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. cowss
    Jul 4, 2004
    Her first 2 were better, this one is ok
  2. Aug 14, 2013
    Everywhere I go this CD is $4.99. And I would only pay a dollar for the four or five good songs, like "Last to Know" and "Trouble". It is disappointing. Full Review »
  3. Dec 10, 2012
    DON'T TRY THIS! The title of the album is really inapplicable, because P!nk released her worst album with this. Despite a bunch of nice songs, 10 of the 15 songs are very uncomely. The lyrics go from mediocre to really bad and the wordplays are hurting my ears sometimes. The tunes aren't really catchy - too much electronic here - and her voice is also wack, partly. Full Review »