Currently at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, Pink’s new song “Just Give Me a Reason” (also featuring Nate Ruess) from her album The Truth About Love is essentially a piano ballad, although it does gain a strong back-beat about a minute into the song.
Pink has always seemed like a singer that cares about the subject-matter of the songs she sings, and “Just Give Me a Reason” is no different, as she and Ruess sing about how they can “learn to love again.”
Sonically, the song owes a debt to the ballads of the eighties, especially with the echo on the snare drum. The song is well-written, sung with force, and a good example of what pop-music should be.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.