#2: Pink’s Motivations for the Album

Pink was born Alecia Beth Moore on September 8th, 1979. She was always the unique child. When she was in school, she joined her first band. She always dreamed of being a rock star. In the year of 1995, Alecia joined “Choice”, which was a R&B girl group, other members included Chrissy Conway and Sharon Flanagan. They were offered a contract by LaFace Records and then recorded an album. The album, however, was never released. After just three years, the group broke up.

In 2000, Pink recorded some singles that were more on the R&B side, which turned out to be extremely successful hit singles. In 2001, Pink wrote the album Missundaztood and switch towards more of pop rock songs. Just like I predicted, Pink created this album with the intention of proving that she wasn’t another one of those mainstream pop singers; as well as to disprove people about her image. Throughout the making of this album, she hired Linda Perry to help assist with some of the song writing.

The album was released on November 20th, 2001. Some events occurred that acted as very strong motivation for the songs written in this album. Throughout some songs, Moore included her parents and their struggles. When Alecia was still young, her parents divorced and in response, she wrote the song “Family Portrait”. She was a very rebellions and angry child because of that. As Alecia stated in the “Sunday Telegraph” in 2007, “I was never allowed to go over to any of my friends’ houses when I was little, because I was the bad influence”. At the very young age of 13, Alecia started to hang around and be apart of the club scene, often doing little performances. Unfortunately this resulted in involvement with extremely heavy partying, drugs, and alcohol. At the age of 15, she came close to over-dosing on crystal meth, angel dust, ecstasy, and marijuana. Of course, this is not something an average 15 year old would experience, thus resulting in songs like “Just Like a Pill”.

After doing some more research for this project and learning more about Alecia Beth Moore’s personal life and listening to the album some more, I think my appreciation for her increased by a lot. Listening to the songs more and actually understanding the lyrics (and the meaning behind them) contributed to me liking the album a lot more. So, I’d have to change my album rating and give it a 3.5 out of 5 rating!

 

Sources:

http://www.people.com/people/pink/0,,,00.html

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/p/pink/biography.html

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