TGJ Replay: Pink – 'Can't Take Me Home'

Published: Wednesday 8th May 2013 by Rashad

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'

'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:

Your thoughts?


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Comments 13

  1. Queen of shade May 8, 2013

    basic album,basic artist,basic singles = basic career pink is basic and generic artist nothing more

    • TruthSpeaker May 8, 2013

      f*** you seedy ass queen. theres nothing basic about Pink and you’re just some hater that stans for a lifeless pop icon that will be forgotten by the masses in 5 years tops….

  2. Private_Show May 8, 2013

    Honestly, I loved this album from top to bottom, so it’s hard to decide. But, I guess I’ll say Split Personality, Hell Wit Ya, You Make Me Sick, Can’t Take Me Home, Private Show (duh), and Let Me Let You Know. Man…..she really has come a long way.

  3. B**** U Wish May 8, 2013

    U trippin that album was not basic. Calm yaself

    • TruthSpeaker May 8, 2013

      damn skippy! This album still remains 1 of her best and she still drops hits! Her stage presence evolves with each project and her vocals ONLY IMPROVE.

  4. lotus May 8, 2013

    Siiiiiing Christina! Listen now to the beautiful and powerful collaboration between Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez and pop diva Christina Aguilera, “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti”. The song is a famous classic in Spanish music released and sung originally by Spain-born singer Miguel Gallardo in 1975. “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti” has been covered throughout all these years by many top Latin stars. Alejandro and Christina’s version will be used as the theme song for the upcoming Televisa televonela “La Tempestad”.

    Boy, this is EPIC. Christina’s voice sounds sooooooo good. Alejandro’s a marvellous vocalist and probably he ‘connects’ better with the lyrics ’cause he actually understands what he’s singing (lol), but it’s undeniable the ‘thunder’ is stolen here by Ms Aguilera. Because: 1) Everybody was anticipating this duet for HER ever since the news first broke, 2) She’s more famous than Alejandro, and 3) Everytime we hear this we’ll remember how bad we want Christina to release a new full-length Spanish album ASAP. In any case, I just can’t at the SLAYAGE Aggie does vocally in “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti”. Ridiculous! I really, really, really hope we get to see Alejandro and Christina singing their cover live at some television show or awards show in a not-so-distant future.

  5. Chile Please!! May 8, 2013

    This album was the truth….she was singing her a** off! Then she turned over to pop/rock music! Ugh!!! I so miss the old Pink she was everything.

  6. I.D. May 8, 2013

    MAJOR ALBUM. That is all.

  7. Navy Nick May 8, 2013

    I get it: PINK is ROCK, yes blah blah, BUT THIS ALBUM WAS AMAZING-WHITE GIRL CAN SANG U HEAR ME! I still bump this album mroe than any of her other music (which I like them all, but her R&B was just HOT!)

  8. MeenaDelRey May 8, 2013

    This album is everythiiiiing . I need another like this pink

  9. Teflon Boy May 8, 2013

    That’s the thing I never understood with P!nk, she may not have liked the general direction but it’s not like she was being forced to make Atomic Kitten-esque watered-down rubbish. Christina and co. would’ve killed to have been taken as seriously as P!nk was during their early reign, their credibility came later. P!nk’s music and overall imagery during the CTMH era, as evidenced above, was pretty authentic and generally considered cool at that time. Add to it that she could sing and dance, had ballsy lyrics and was also white without apology and you had a genuinely original package. The other thing I found interesting was that her vocal style was clearly influenced by 90’s R&B so her complete rejection of all things Urban, from the black love interests to the street dance choreography after this album is all the more puzzling.

  10. Mark111 May 8, 2013

    Good thing she became herself, cause she would’ve been a female Sisqo isn’t she hadn’t of. Now look, she’s out lasted all those 2000’s pop chics.

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