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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the pop artist features a guest appearance by Eminem.
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What About Us
We are searchlights, we can see in the dark We are rockets, pointed up at the stars We are billions of beautiful hearts And you sold us down the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 91
    Pink reunites with trusted collaborators like Max Martin, Shellback, Greg Kurstin and Billy Mann on Beautiful Trauma. They help make the record sound both fresh and familiar, with occasional curves like the gospelized rave-up “I Am Here.”
  2. Oct 23, 2017
    70
    With Beautiful Trauma then, Moore proves that she’s both still relevant, and a vital, confident female voice on the pop circuit who has impressively never really succumbed to the pressures of the overly-sexualised pop machine.
  3. Oct 16, 2017
    60
    Trauma's chilled-out middle sags, but "Revenge," her bad-romance duet with Eminem, is an early shot of energy; Max Martin and Shellback's homage to Dr. Dre's skip-step beats may be too on the nose, but Em's rhymes nicely recall a time when even lunatics rode bright hooks.
  4. Oct 16, 2017
    60
    Overall, it does the job, but no more than that.
  5. Oct 16, 2017
    60
    Beautiful Trauma's neat construction renders the album less than the sum of its parts, but individual songs work well enough, thanks in no small part to Pink's personality and charisma.
  6. Q Magazine
    Oct 24, 2017
    60
    An album with dirgeful ballads, though they do at least let her show off her excellent voice. [Dec 2017, p.109]
  7. Oct 18, 2017
    40
    Although Beautiful Trauma does stick to an overarching emotional theme more than most of her excellent recent albums, Trauma is nonetheless an odd, morose beast that at times plays into Pink’s worst instincts (i.e. leaning towards cliché when she never really had problem avoiding it before).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 59
  2. Negative: 7 out of 59
  1. May 6, 2018
    10
    Oh wow, P!nk really showed us a complete new side and sound of her! She has changed so much over the last five years and so has her music.Oh wow, P!nk really showed us a complete new side and sound of her! She has changed so much over the last five years and so has her music. Every track on this album is perfection and really shows how much effort she put into that record. Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2017
    10
    P!nk como sempre impecável. Beautiful Trauma é com certeza um dos melhores álbuns do ano!
    Destaque pras faixas: For Now, Secrets, Beautiful
    P!nk como sempre impecável. Beautiful Trauma é com certeza um dos melhores álbuns do ano!
    Destaque pras faixas: For Now, Secrets, Beautiful Trauma, Where We Go e Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.
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  3. Oct 16, 2017
    10
    Estou dando minha notinha só pra inflar o user score, já que os poucos fighters que sobraram estão fazendo mutirão pra acabar com a reputaçãoEstou dando minha notinha só pra inflar o user score, já que os poucos fighters que sobraram estão fazendo mutirão pra acabar com a reputação da Rainha. P!nk eu te amo. Álbum maravilhoso. 10/10 Expand
  4. Oct 17, 2017
    9
    Com Beautiful Trauma, P!nk consegue trazer de volta seu estilo já conhecido, senti exatamente isso ao escutar Whatever You Want. FiqueiCom Beautiful Trauma, P!nk consegue trazer de volta seu estilo já conhecido, senti exatamente isso ao escutar Whatever You Want. Fiquei surpreso, positivamente, com a parceria do Eminem em Revenge. Acredito que ela tenha evoluído bastante com esse álbum e fico feliz com isso (mas ainda prefiro o The Truth About Love). Um dos melhores álbuns do ano com certeza. Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2018
    8
    Nice album. I personally found in that a mixture of amazing and average songs. Proud of her.
  6. Nov 16, 2017
    6
    During my listening sessions to P!nk’s newest album, I kept asking myself: “Since when did she become such a basic pop singer?” She has theDuring my listening sessions to P!nk’s newest album, I kept asking myself: “Since when did she become such a basic pop singer?” She has the voice, the look, the tools and, most importantly, the audience and she keeps on releasing generic Pop music. That is exactly what “Beautiful Trauma” is about: a compilation of generic pop and pop rock songs and ballads that kind of go around the same tempos, sounds and even lyrics.

    That doesn’t mean, though, that it is an atrocious piece of work. It isn’t because, at the end of the day, we all love easy hits and easy choruses to sing along, don’t we? I have got used to the record and I can sing along to almost 80% of its choruses. My main issue here is again the lack of uniqueness and risks. While I said “Beautiful Trauma” isn’t a bad work, there are a couple of atrocious songs, the main one being the collaboration with Eminem. “Revenge” is just a really, really bad song. It sounds childish, immature, wannabe and just forced. Up ‘til this day I can’t believe Eminem signed up for this. The lyrics are cringe-worthy and I seriously hope this doesn’t see the light of day as a single as I know radios are going to eat it up based on the artists. The final ballad - “You Get Me Love” - is another song that I simply can’t get into. The chorus being extremely high-pitched next to soft verses sounds weird and actually scary as one isn’t expecting that amount of screams in the middle of a nice subtle song.

    What’s left to come isn’t as bad. There’s another cheesy ballad (“Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken”) and a few uninspired songs (“What About Us” or “For Now”) but the remaining eight songs are good. “Secrets” must be the surprise of the album. While it isn’t my favorite track, it gives me “Funhouse” vibes for being fun and out of the box; “I Am Here”, while being quite generic, gives anyone a boost of energy and self-confidence and I could never go against that. My favorite track is really “Better Life”. The minimalistic production along with the lugging chorus makes it so interesting and reminds of something the (extinct?) group fun. would do.

    At this point, you may feel like I am a hater of P!nk’s ballads, I am not. Let’s talk about “Barbies”. While sonically it may sound a bit uninteresting, lyrically it blows anyone’s mind. The song discusses the flaws of growing up… Of how we can’t avoid problems coming our way without solving them. In the song P!nk repeats: “I wish I could go back to playing Barbies in my room, they never say that you gotta grow up quite this soon”. That’s a beautiful metaphor that just blew my mind the first time I heard it.

    To conclude, the record is built off two other great (though generic) Pop Rock songs such as “Whatever You Want” and “Where We Go”. While being P!nk’s most familiar sound, unfortunately it just fits her so well and become impossible not to sing along or wanting to repeat the play… And overall, it is impossible to hate on P!nk, she fought so hard to be where she is, to get the respect she deserved and to become the role model she had to be, she is definitely one of my generation’s most successful pop singers and she leaves us proud.
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  7. Oct 28, 2017
    0
    Mesmice, maior decepção do ano, como que ela me lança um album sem evolução nenhuma desses. Merecia figurar entre os piores do ano so pelaMesmice, maior decepção do ano, como que ela me lança um album sem evolução nenhuma desses. Merecia figurar entre os piores do ano so pela preguiça de evoluir. Expand

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