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P!nk

What About Us? (The Remixes)

There are few things that unify and motivate like a rallying cry, and on "What About Us?" P!nk does exactly that. In the first descending notes of the album mix "What About Us" harnesses with both hands the sadness and defeat so many in this country feel right now in the midst of its political climate and calls out to all those feeling it, too. But the moment P!nk brings up the sadness she responds with empowerment, naming her empathizers as "searchlights," "rockets," and "beautiful hearts." Then on the chorus she demands what all of us seen as the "other" feel so loudly: what about us? The bridge declares that all this weight on our shoulders is just a call to action:

Sticks and stones, they may break these bones
But then I'll be ready, are you ready?
It's the start of us, waking up come on
Are you ready? I'll be ready
I don't want control, I want to let go
Are you ready? I'll be ready
'Cause now it's time to let them know
We are ready, what about us?

By far and away P!nk's most political song to date and arguably one of the most powerful, all it needed was a pack of remix perfection to amplify what was already amazing and propel us all to grab a pussy hat and run to the next rally. Cash Cash turns in the most radio-friendly of the mixes, holding to the format of the original simple augmentations. Madison Mars takes it up a level with some big builds and drops along with a stuttered chorus treatment. Pink Panda goes more subtle with a gentler electronic treatment broken up with big horns on the chorus. Barry Harris rounds out the package with the most club accessible mix and makes us all miss 1998 with some old skool trademark Thunderpuss remix elements and leaves you begging for a 13-minute version.