UPDATE: The official version of the song is now available. It’s embedded below.
Pink has a new single. Pink has a new single. Pink has a new single.
I’ve been muttering this to myself like some kind of crazy mantra, like the words themselves will take me above the plane of human experience and help me reach nirvana.
And why has this been my mantra? Because I love me some Pink. Like, you know how much I love Robyn’s music? That’s how much I love Pink’s music. You know how much I enjoy the caress of a beautiful man? That’s probably better than Pink’s music, but just barely.
So anyway: Today, the demo version Pink’s new single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” leaked on Perez Hilton. In just a few minutes, I’ll listen to the song for the very first time, and I’ll review it while I’m listening. Then I’ll listen to it again and record those reactions, too.
What will happen? Will my eyes turn into diamonds? Will my hair turn white? While I start speaking in tongues? Let’s find out together!
Thoughts Before I Listen:
Update: This is the official version.
Based on the cheeky title, I’m guessing this will be a rowdy rock-pop song like “U + Ur Hand” or “So What” or “Raise Your Glass.” My favorite Pink songs are the slower, more introspective tunes like “Sober” and “Glitter in the Air” and “Crystal Ball,” but I’m in the mood to rock out with semi-dirty lyrics.
Also, I know this is a demo, but I never trust these “leaks,” especially when they show up on a major site like Perez Hilton. I’m guessing this is just a marketing ploy to create early interest in the song. But despite my doubts, if I don’t like this “demo version,” I’ll cut it some slack and assume the best mix will be released later.
The First Listen:
Alright… loving the disco vibe. Very Scissor Sisters. And it’s slower and prettier than I expected!
OH CRAP. This chorus is hot. The mix is kind of messy, but I bet they’ll fix it later. (Is her voice out of tune in the high notes?)
Okay, so it’s another song about a tortured relationship, and the customary curse words are here: Pink is not afraid to curse at you when she’s trying to make a point. But again, the pretty melody makes it sound different than the snotty, punky stuff like “So What.”
I’m glad this song sounds current, but it still sounds DISTINCT. The lyrics, the crashing drums, and the rock-chick wailing blend with the disco loops to make it a dance song with an edge.
The Second Listen:
Okay, this has got to be a demo recording. It sounds really fuzzy in places, and I know Pink can sound better than she does in these high notes in the chorus. But through all that, you can tell this is a strong pop song. It’s interesting that there are no power notes, since Pink usually tosses at least one into every song, but I can live with that.
(Ha! I just heard her tell her ex that he’ll be “calling a trick” when she leaves him. BURN.)
And there we go: Second time through, and I’m totally on board. It sounds like Pink, but it’s got a contemporary dance edge. I can’t wait to hear the final version.
Mark Blankenship tweets as @IAmBlankenship. He has written about pop music for NPR and The New York Times. He’s never seen Pink in concert, which is not an easy thing to admit.