I like P!nk. She’s not a No. 1 favorite songstress or anything, but for the most part, I dig her music.
My favorite song I’ve ever heard of hers is off her 2006 album, “I’m Not Dead,” “The One That Got Away.” I love her rasp. I love how smoky-bar it sounds. How stripped. How acoustic. Such a simple set-up allowed her voice to really shine, which it doesn’t always do in the over-produced crap she puts out on the radio.
And, I love the sentiment of “The One That Got Away.” Something about lost love songs always get to me. Maybe it’s that they put me in mind of a younger me, the gal who lamented over one boy or another. And, of course, who isn’t a sucker for a boy with guitar and a drink in his hand?
Katy Perry’s new song has the same title. The sentiment is of course the same, but it’s sadder than P!nk’s song is, which is instead more reminiscent. It made me cry the first time I heard it, whereas P!nk’s makes me smile.
I prefer P!nk’s, but maybe not by a lot. Since P!nk never released hers, there is no video. The Katy Perry video, meanwhile, is haunting and beautiful, which definitely adds to the song.
Which do you prefer?