P!nk’s knee-slapping new song, “Walk Me Home,” is her most organic lead single to date.
This marks the first official taste of the pop superstar’s forthcoming album (out in April), and while “Walk Me Home” is certainly anthemic and fun to bop along to, it’s missing that essential ingredient fans have grown to love over the years: an edge.
On the Peter Thomas and Kyle Moorman-produced track, co-written with Nate Ruess and Scott Harris, P!nk flexes her singing chops in a soaring chorus and bubbly melody. On the surface, “Walk Me Home” looks like a love song, but she the lyrics are ambiguous enough that the person accompanying P!nk could really be anyone. Perhaps it’s the ultimate dog walking song?
There’s a new video out for it as well (watch below). In it, P!nk dances with her shadow and takes flight with help from an invisible love interest.
“Walk me home in the dead of night,” she pleads over a stomping beat and striking guitar strings. “I can’t be alone with all that’s on my mind / So say you’ll stay with me tonight / Cause there is so much wrong going on outside.”
The song shares a likeness to her last lead single, the socially and politically charged “What About Us.” She just wants an escape from gun violence, sexual predators and all the other terrible travesties of the world, but she can’t run away on her own.
The songwriting on “Walk” is sugary sweet, and P!nk’s sense of optimism is uplifting. “There’s something in the way I wanna cry / That makes me think we’ll make it out alive / So come on and show me how we’re good / I think that we could do some good.”
I like “Walk Me Home,” but it wasn’t love at first stream. The track has the makings to sound incredible at a live show, and that’s certainly part of why P!nk created this, but I’m left wanting more. Sure, there’s only so many times P!nk can stomach putting out a bratty, in your face pop bop with cover art that features her mouth wide open, but I’m a creature of habit, and I find myself saying F U to a lot of stupid people these days. A song to soundtrack that angst, especially in a time where everywhere you turn there’s an unnerving reality waiting to be uncovered, and ESPECIALLY from someone like P!nk, would be pretty perfect.
The video is a breath of fresh air. Her casual stroll through the city transforms into a high flying spectacle, and if there’s anyone who won’t stay grounded… it’s P!nk.