First Hit #1: April 27, 2013
Breakups have been a big part of the charts, so clearly we need to see our pop artists going to couple’s therapy. Thus, here we have Pink and Nate Ruess – he of fun. – with a duet about two sides of a relationship trying to work out their problems. It both is and is not a departure for Pink. On one hand, she does this song as couple’s therapy thing a lot, and has had hits from that material. On the other hand, the song isn’t at all the energetic pop-punk on which she has built a career – it’s a piano ballad and duet. She’s so comfortable doing a ballad that it’s a wonder she doesn’t do it more, and Ruess is a great duet partner since their voices are not even a bit similar but work together extremely well. I kind of wish she would have done what Bruno Mars did earlier and just kept the arrangement spare – it was a disappointment when the song became a bit more typical of pop ballads from the era – but it’s still an appealing ballad from someone who really isn’t known for that kind of music.