Pink has released the music video to “Just Give Me a Reason.” The ballad was originally intended to be a solo but Pink thought that it would work better if it were more like a conversation, so she did it as a duet with .fun‘s frontman Nate Ruess who also co-wrote the song with her. The song is the third official single from Pink’s sixth studio album The Truth About Love. It comes after “Blow Me One Last Kiss” and “Try.”
“Just Give Me a Reason” is produced by Jeff Bhasker, who is currently nominated in the 2013 Grammy Awards as Producer of the Year, Non-classical. Bhasker also produced the Song of the Year and Record of the Year nominee “We Are Young” by .fun featuring Janelle Monae. He is also listed as the primary producer of .fun’s album “Some Nights,” which is nominated for Album of the Year.
“Just Give Me a Reason” starts off with just a piano playing to be joined by drums and bass later on. This serves to let the listeners focus less on the dramatics and more on the cadence of the conversation in the song. The melody is simple and effective as it delivers sentimentality without becoming entirely too maudlin.
Pink‘s husband Carey Hart (whom Idolator has identified as an Adam Levine lookalike) appears in the music video along with a cute teddy bear with glowing eyes.
With the appearance of Carey Hart in the music video and knowing that Pink and he have gotten married, have separated, have gone through marriage counseling, and have gotten back together make me wonder if “Just Give Me a Reason” is somehow built on the personal struggles in their relationship. Even if at first impression “Just Give Me a Reason” seems to be a sad song, it ends in a somewhat hopeful note: “we’re not broken just bent, and we can learn to love again.”
My rating for the song: 4 out of 5 stars.
Watch the official music video for “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink featuring Nate Ruess below.