Bonnie Pink – Thinking Out Loud

August 14, 2007

Bonnie Pink - Thinking Out Loud

Bonnie Pink – Thinking Out Loud

Bonnie Pink released her ninth album “Thinking Out Loud” on 7/25. The album has been played heavily on my iPod since that point. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this release, since this is Bonnie’s first album since “Golden Tears,” released 9/21/05.

Singles included are “A Perfect Sky” (sort of, more on that in a bit), “Anything For You,” and “Water Me.” Curious is the omission of “Love is Bubble”, though you can find it on the “Every Single Day – Complete Bonnie Pink” best album released last year. Maybe the song wasn’t popular, but I liked it’s unusually saucy tone for Bonnie (“Love is bubble, Love is trouble, And I could be lovable, If you pay me double…). “Water Me” was used as the ending theme for last season’s JDrama “Watashitachi no Kyoukasho” (Our Textbook). A great song for a great show. Also included as track 1 of the album is the B-side track from the “Water Me” single, “Gimme a Beat.” The version of “A Perfect Sky” included here is a “Philharmonic Flava” version, where the first half is just vocals and an orchestra. I’m not sure what the point is of tampering with her most successful single ever, especially when the orchestra part is just so bland. You can’t even tell what song it is they’re playing, it’s just “Insert generic orchestra music here”.

The album is rounded out by 8 original tracks, none getting to a really slow tempo which lets the whole album seem to have a faster beat than is typical for Bonnie. All of the songs are classic Bonnie Pink though, with all her genre bending uniqueness completely intact. It’s really refreshing to see an artist who can continue to put out such clever work without succumbing to the pressure to just put out some generic stuff to sell records. The closest thing Bonnie ever did to a straight up pop song was “A Perfect Sky”, but even that has the Bonnie Pink stamp on it and is an example of how pop should be done.

So despite the faults of omitting “Love is Bubble” and including a neutered “A Perfect Sky”, I give “Thinking Out Loud” a thumbs up. Now, if the US iTunes store could just decide if they’re carrying Bonnie Pink’s work or not, since you can get several of her albums but not this one…

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