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MPAA Rating
Album
Greatest Hits ... So Far!!!
Genre
Rock, Pop
Performance
Hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Record Label
LaFace
RELEASED
October 6, 2010
Reviewer
Adam R. Holz
P!nk
"Raise Your Glass"

Has P!nk really been around long enough to have a greatest hits album? In fact, she has. She's been around 10 years already, actually, in which time she's moved an impressive 34 million albums worldwide.

Greatest hits albums, of course, almost always include a new track or two, a clever marketing carrot dangled before fans in the hope that they'll pony up for yet another copy of a bunch of songs they likely already own. And "Raise Your Glass" is one of two bonus tunes on P!nk's 18-song collection. (The other new track is titled "F**kin' Perfect.")

"Raise Your Glass" is vintage P!nk. Which is to say that this particular pop-rock toast (co-written by frequent P!nk collaborator and hitmeister Max Martin) is long on the rebellious, fist-in-the air attitude that she's built her career on.

In a nutshell, P!nk salutes everyone who flaunts convention, anyone who refuses to submit to the status quo: "So raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways," she commands. P!nk styles herself as a leader in this misfit rebellion, adding, "All my underdogs/We will never be anything but loud/And nitty-gritty, dirty little freaks."

For P!nk, life is nothing more than a nonstop party, one that lasts until the wee hours of the morning ("I love when it's all too much/5 a.m., turn the radio up/Where's the rock 'n' roll?"). And she'll party with anyone, it seems, who shares her Bacchanalian, carpe partyum perspective on seizing the moment … and seizing another drink ("What part of party don't you understand/Wish you'd just freak out").

In addition to drinking 'til the spigot dries up ("My glass is empty, that sucks"), we get P!nk's usual naughty words (two f-words, one s-word, one "d‑‑n") and coy nods to casual sex ("Party crasher/Panty snatcher/Call me up if you a gangsta/ … Can't stop, coming in hot/I should be locked up right on the spot"). Suggestive sexual noises come through from the background sometimes, too).

That certainly raises questions about the "greatest" part in her Greatest Hits … So Far!!! title.

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