Much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past. So in a quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday we introduced a new retrospective segment – ‘TGJ Replay’.
Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase albums (and eras) from a library of pop music hits. While the masses bob their heads to her latest top-selling album 'The Truth About Love', we at TGJ want to revisit Pink's more rhythmic offerings – namely debut album 'Can't Take Me Home'…
In an era of music dominated by teen queens Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and a host of wannabes, Pennsylvania-born performer Pink sought to be the antithesis of all that was (without taking the harsh Avril Lavigne approach).
Teaming with the L.A. Reid/Babyface-led LaFace Records, the soulful songstress spawned her debut album 'Can't Take Me Home' – an infectious R&B fused collection of pop numbers.
Launched by the up-tempo 'There You Go'…
'There You Go'
Instantly seeing her first single soar to the upper rankings of the Billboard Hot 100, the songstress represented a much needed departure from the over-choreographed, artistically devoid offerings of her pop'ier counterparts. 2000 saw Pink – like future rival Christina Aguilera – stand as shining examples that catchy pop platters do not have to be served solely by the vocally incapable.
Evidence of that can be seen in the climax of the album's second and most successful single 'Most Girls'…
'Can't Take Me Home's first two singles helped it reach a double platinum certification in the U.S. and acted to lay the foundation for a faithful following. A following that has kept up with the smoky voiced diva throughout her genre-changing ventures – with her later 2000s offerings seeing themselved cloaked in harder rock sounds than the pop/R&B fusions of albums past.
'You Make Me Sick'
But, as P!nk maintains her debut did not depict her true artistic vision and was more so was the crafting of record label execs, it still was a much appreciated introduction to the singer born Alecia Moore. And, as we at TGJ look for more from P!nk, we also still secretly long for just one more R&B-tinged set from the singer.
Even though we know the odds of that one are slim to none.
So, you tell us: