Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason"


The big song this winter was Macklemore's catchy and clever Thrift Shop. If it had been released in May, Thrift Shop would clearly have been a Song of the Summer contender. But there's a freeze-warning in Charlottesville this evening, so there'll be no SoS nominations just yet.
 

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Tonight, I discovered Pink and Nate Ruess's Just Give Me a Reason
 
It was released at the end of February but I'd missed it until this evening (I came across it while reading Buzz Bissinger's unique examination of addiction through the lens of his uncontrollable purchases of Gucci leather).
 
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Just Give Me a Reason is the closest I've heard to a late 80's/early 90's anthem in a long time.
 
It's got the solo piano at the beginning (a la Home Sweet Home), then Pink singing the first verse solo, and then building to the infectious (and uplifting) chorus. 
 
This is probably a stretch, but it vaguely reminds me of Sister Christian.  Great stuff.

Just give me a reason

Just a little bit's enough

Just a second we're not broken just bent

And we can learn to love again

It's in the stars
 
It's been written in the scars on our hearts

That we're not broken just bent

And we can learn to love again

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