TITLE: Can’t Take Me Home
YEAR RELEASED: 2000
CHART ACTION: #26 US, #13 UK
SINGLES: There You Go (#7 US, #6 UK), Most Girls (#4 US, #5 UK), You Make Me Sick (#33 US, #9 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Split Personality
LINEUP: Alecia Moore (a/k/a P!nk), Terence Abney, Harold Frasier, Steve Clarke, Babyface
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album for P!nk sounds like generic R&B for that era; her voice saves many of the tracks from being lost in the crowd.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: P!nk was a stage name Alecia Moore had for years. LA Reid took a shine to P!nk, so she was signed to a solo contract. She worked with multiple producers including Babyface to make her debut album.
It’s rather safe and polished. It’s definitely in the late 90’s R&B vein where musically it’s all programed and rather rigid. About half of the album was given to her, and she co-wrote the other half with the producers and others.
Because of her voice, several of the cuts are memorable. Some just are too generic for words, and the slow ballads are too syrupy and quite inessential. She was also marketed as a pop / R&B act as well. There are so many records that sound like this, and it’s only due to her voice and power that a few cuts are really memorable.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: She originally sent tapes down to LaFace records as part of a group called Choice, and the group were signed. Soon, though, LA Reid gave P!nk an ultimatum – sign as a solo act or go home.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a UK version and an international version.
GRADE: B-: A few cuts exiled, some cuts generic, and overall an album for fans – not the place to start your P!nk exploration.