Certainly not your average pop princess, the ever-nonconformist Pink turns a complete 180° on her sophomore set.

Certainly not your average pop princess, the ever-nonconformist Pink turns a complete 180° on her sophomore set. With the help of former 4 Non Blondes' frontwoman Linda Perry, M!ssundaztood is a rock-fused, hook-friendly set that ably distances the Philly native from her pop/R&B origins. Tracks like "Numb" and "Lonely Girl" showcase Pink's versatility, while lead single "Get the Party Started" is a dance-friendly ditty closer to her first set. But if truth be told, the real gems of this album are the ballads. On the blues-inflected "Misery," Pink teams up with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora; the end result is impressively moving. Like "Misery," such introspective tracks as "Family Portrait," "Gone to California," and "My Vietnam" are emotional snapshots of real life. It'll be interesting to see where Pink goes from here; it would seem that the sky is the limit.—RH

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