"Nobody knows what the hell's going on with me," Pink boasts. "It's very hush-hush, but I'm alive!"
Indeed, Pink has been pretty quiet lately — at least in the U.S. The singer released her third album, Try This, just over a year ago and spent most of 2004 in Europe, where fans responded more heartily to her dance-rock mishmash. She toured there "from September to September" (see "Pink Flees Prague After Bomb Blast") and plans to release a DVD showcasing her live performances, since she didn't tour Stateside, where the reaction to her new direction was, shall we say, lukewarm at best.
Pink hopes to change all that with her fourth album, which she's in the early stages of. She's been camped out in New York for the past month and a half, holed up in a studio with producer Billy Mann (who worked with her on Try This' dance-floor burner "God Is a DJ" and whom she calls her "heart and soul"), and they've already worked out some 15 songs.
"I haven't been this excited about my music since Missundaztood," she said. "I had the fire in me when I made that record, and it was such a personal record that after that, I was like, 'I don't want to do that again, it's too draining, I don't want to do another [song like] "Family Portrait." I don't want to talk about myself in interviews and have it feel like therapy and come out crying.' I was kind of in self-protect mode for a while."
But now, she said, she has the fire back and is putting her passion — both the personal and the political — into her music again.
"I just have stuff to talk about again. As an American, as a woman, I'm definitely pissed off again," she laughed. "But no, it's good. There's a lot of reasons to be pissed off, and there's a lot of stuff I still have to say, so I'm going there again. I've always felt the same way about animal rights and homelessness and women's rights, but I've never really done anything about it. But now that people have been listening, I could, so I just started to."
Not only is she feeling freer to say what's on her mind (see "Pink Disappointed That More People Don't Protest"), Pink's also having fun experimenting with singing all sorts of different styles of music, so there's no telling just what the new material might end up sounding like.
"I've kind of always been looking for a hybrid, because I am an eclectic clusterf---," she said. "Sorry, it's the only way I can describe myself. I'm looking for the marriage between everything I love, to sing all the types of music I listen to, so now I'm working on the marriage. I'm not going to be singing country, opera or anything like that, though."