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pink's not dead yet

It's been almost four years since I saw Pink live and raved about her. She was touring behind her smash M!ssundaztood, which marked a stylistic shift away from her popular debut, Can't Take Me Home. Unwilling to stay too long at any one artistic trough, she then released Try This, which wasn't exactly a bomb but which sold far fewer units than her first albums. In each of her albums, she'd called on influential co-creators: Babyface and L.A. Reid, then Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, and then Tim Armstrong of Rancid (!). Not everything worked, but her desire to try anything was admirable, and she hit more often than she missed, often to great success.

I'm Not Dead
takes her in yet another direction. This time, it's closer to power pop than it is to Rancidpunk, when it's rock and roll, anyway ... there's plenty of time for dance and balladry. Pink contains multitudes, it would appear. She still wears her heart on her sleeve ... one doubts she'll ever quit singing autobiographical songs that expose her true feelings ... but for the most part, I'm Not Dead is another exhilarating album from the one artist who, as Barry Walters noted in Rolling Stone, "is ambitious the way Madonna used to be: a mess of contradictions and complications with a knack for making those inner conflicts bolster her art."