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P!nk – Trustfall Review

Twenty-three years as a fleeting staple of pop, and the best P!nk can manage on her latest album is a collaboration with The Lumineers. Adult contemporary pop, what a treat. Nine albums in and a similar, inevitable trajectory for all of those means she and the likes of Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Adele can secure a spot at the top of the charts regardless of quality. Trustfall has little to show for itself despite the spotty promise shown over a decade ago on Funhouse. P!nk has now pivoted toward ballad-like pop, tracks that hope to reflect on a career so far in spotty moments of grief. Flat and empty tracks are constant here, even when the focus or momentum is not typical of chart-topping grievances. Common inconsistencies are the pace-breaker here.  

When I Get There may be a touching and personal tribute to P!nk’s father, but the dull ballad tones are struck out entirely by the disastrous whines that underscore title track Trustfall. Absolutely no trust in this fall, P!nk rattles through a set of passive bits and pieces. Focusing in on the lyrics, the mixing that underlines all these songs, gives absolutely nothing of interest away. No hidden heroics, no implemented meaning, just blank soft pop filler for a listener to apply their own experiences to. Turbulence tries to draw comparisons between a relationship ending and a plane crash. It is as clumsy in premise as it is in execution. Long Way to Go also marks a bit of irony, with the album showing no signs of stopping as The Lumineers and P!nk promise they must go. They do not.  

Instead, a selection of heavy, absent ballads pour through. The First Aid Kit featuring Kids in Love is a high point for the album that bases itself almost entirely on the folk duo in the featured section. Shallow and upbeat is P!nk’s forte, with Never Gonna Not Dance Again as squeaky-clean as it is hopeful that Whitney Houston namedrops will bring about some relevance. Instead, the boomer pop core of hitting back at TikTok and the disconnect between the real world and technology makes for an uninteresting listen. One of many. Upbeat pop tones of a Push It To The Limit variety are available on Runaway, but the limited impressions they give, and the defiant ignorance of a track like Hate Me, gives way to the power struggle between charts and artists who rely on that placement.  

Essential tracks for those who have yet to pick a genre they like. Music for listeners who use songs as background noise and hope to chew down on something passive yet imitable despite the bland qualities. Broadness is the key and for P!nk that means casting a broad net of worthless pop tracks. Boring and flat, this was never the usual gambit P!nk would maintain, but the self-aggrandization and the attempt to wrap that in details of family life and respect for parents is a strange mix. Once a powerful force for pop now phones it in with personal ballads that move a listener with emotional guilt rather than smart writing or specific, touching mixes. Consider where pop was this time ten years ago. Quite the shift from Lorde, Lady Gaga and Daft Punk’s domination of the charts. There is no trust in the fall of Trustfall, another empty-shell pop album for the masses. Particularly rigid and unmoving tracks give everything they have, which turns out to be out-of-touch emptiness and shallow ballads hoping to use grief as a crutch for uninspired messages.

Ewan Gleadow
Ewan Gleadow
Editor in Chief at Cult Following | News and culture journalist at Clapper, Daily Star, NewcastleWorld, Daily Mirror | Podcast host of (Don't) Listen to This | Disaster magnet


  1. I didn’t even waste my time and read it all. You obviously have no soul. Anybody with a Heart can easily hear the heartfelt moments in every song on the album. You speak of fun house like you “know” it, please. P!nk is so raw and amazing which makes your review understanding due to your dullness. You try to use big words to confuse people into liking you, didn’t work for me…4.0…

    • Thanks for reading! Well, some of it at least. Not sure it’s fair to pass a comment on something you haven’t fully read, but I’m fascinated to know which big words have confused you here.

  2. Well I read it all and I agree with Amanda, 100%. P!nk is amazing and always will be, and I’m sorry you don’t understand her music, because you are really missing out on something real and different from the norm pop you think her music should be. And just because an artist starts or writes a few songs in a certain genre, doesn’t mean they have to stay in that genre. Music changes, people change, and you don’t have to like it that’s ok but to come at P!nk like that and say that she is just in it for the billboard numbers like everyone else, and that her music is flat and out of touch and empty, then you must not really listen to the messages she sings about. And if that’s the case then great just don’t listen to her, but don’t attack her like that. P!nk is a great human being. And if you really, truly listen to her music you would know how amazing her music is.

    • Thanks for reading, Hannah! My entire point was that P!nk has not moved genre. Her lack of change was the entire point of the review. Her messages are not particular or special, they are covered by most artists who are truly, earnestly attempting to provide perspective on their life. I’ve in no way attacked P!nk. You’re confusing criticism for a personal attack. Already listened to the music, and you’ve provided no real or convincing evidence toward how “amazing” her music is. I stand by what I said, it is cheap and redundant pop from an artist that should move her sound on to the next level, rather than the floating emptiness of her snooze-fest ballads on Trustfall.

  3. It’s clear you don’t even like pop music to begin with. Maybe you should stick with critiquing music you enjoy instead of bashing music you don’t. Just saying.

    • Thanks for reading! All music is pop music if it is successful enough. Pulp, Sam Fender and Dua Lipa are three of many “pop” musicians. Key to that is that they all have something more that defines their music. They did not set out to make “pop” music, whereas P!nk does. Pop music is not a bad genre when not aimed for, but if the sole purpose is commercial viability, as it is here, then questions need to be asked about the dedication of an artist to their sound, rather than their wallet.

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