If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
That seems to be the motto for P!nk, the rebel-turned-adult contemporary star of the 2000s pop girls on her new single, “Walk Me Home.” At many times one of the most interesting of her peers, the singer has made incredibly safer choices in her musical output in recent years. The first impression of her upcoming album, Hurts 2B Human, “Walk Me Home” follows in the musical vein of her previous release, 2017’s Beautiful Trauma; with it’s acoustic, foot-stomping backdrop, it sounds eerily similar to the latter record’s “I Am Here.” This could be forgiven if it weren’t so forgettable.
After a few seconds of electronic, pitched-down flourishes, the singer jumps into the track with her infallibly powerful voice. With lyrics detailing a miserable life beyond the safety of her relationship, it’s clear she’s referencing the distressing administration currently in place in the United States; even though “there’s so much going wrong outside,” she’s confident her and her partner “could do some good” for the world. It’s an admirable attempt at discourse — and she’s never sounded better on the layered track — but it pales in comparison to the singer’s other politically-driven songs (“Dear Mr. President,” “What About Us”). While there’s nothing inherently wrong with “Walk Me Home,” it feel like a stagnation that P!nk is more than capable of rising above.