First Hit #1: December 11, 2010
The instinct to make a song about inspiring people to embrace their unique qualities and the instinct to make songs about getting very drunk don’t really mesh as well as Pink and Kesha seem to think. Raise Your Glass, and it’s attached video especially, is very focused on providing a bit of inspiration to the downtrodden. You might be bullied and you might not fit in, but you can get very drunk together with Pink. That’s fine I suppose, but is really encouraging copious alcohol consumption kind of a bad idea when you’re dealing with the depressed? The whole message of having fun and enjoying life in spite of whatever difficulties might arise is noble, certainly, but then late in the song is a bit about partying on your own that just strikes me as perhaps less of a solution than it is presented as being. Pink is all about loud music being the solution to everyone’s problems, it’s pretty much how she built her career, but in this case her noble intent is kind of muddied by the need to make a song about parties above all else. Maybe raise fewer glasses, I suppose.