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Pink
Six years after "There You Go," her breakthrough hit, Alecia "Pink" Moore doesn't seem any closer to deciding what her sound is. Or what it isn't: For the two albums following 2000's R&B-leaning Can't Take Me Home, Pink hooked up with collaborators like Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, crafting a fascinating brand of rock-inflected dance-pop that speaks more to Pink's checkered background than to the record-biz machinations you usually hear on big-budget albums by young female singers.

Pink's fourth album is just as unsettled. Lead single "Stupid Girls," a kiss-off to young female singers less headstrong than Pink, is practically a genre unto itself; there's a lazy hip-hop beat, briskly strummed acoustic guitars, and the sort of tightly harmonized chorus we used to get from Destiny's Child. Elsewhere, she dabbles in "Since U Been Gone"-style tween-rock, hard-charging power balladry, arena-glam electro-punk, and piano pop à la American Idol. Despite the variety, Pink sounds at home through it all. Chaos she's used to, she seems to be saying; it's monotony that'd do her in.

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