By Tara Schoenborn

In the first week of its release, P!nk’s new album The Truth About Love, released Sept. 14, became the fastest selling album in 2012 in Australia. The album hit a record high with almost 75,000 sales in the first week. While the album still has Pink’s bold, brash tell-it-like-it-is attitude, her songs are way more optimistic about love than they used to be. Previously, Pink made it clear that love was not a bright, happy, or shining thing in her life. In songs like “Funhouse” and “U + Ur Hand,” she gives off a vibe that says she just wants to have a good time. Enough said.

But in this album, she retains her edgy and rebellious pop style while singing about being in love. For example, in her song “True Love,” she sings, “At the same time I wanna hug you, I wanna wrap my hands around your neck. You’re an asshole, but I love you, and you make me so mad.” Pink talks about love in her traditionally open and honest way. We all know love isn’t perfect. Half of the people that we fall for, we hate them as much as we love them. That is reality.

So, while Pink really opens up to the idea of love in this album, she does not go overboard. She remains that cool, refreshing pop artist that likes to have a good time, which is shown in upbeat, sassy songs like “Blow Me” and “Walk of Shame.” And as things in her life are finally settling down, she also cranks out some soul with “Beam Me Up,” and then some witty and truthful songs about life like “The Truth About Love.” Australia has already welcomed P!nk’s new album with open arms. Will you?