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Try was released as the second single from Pink’s sixth studio album, The Truth About Love in 2012. It was written and composed by Michael Busbee and Ben West and produced by Greg Kurstin.
Try received mostly positive reviews from music critics who noted that it is one of the standout tracks on the album and called it a hit. Commercially, the song was a success, reaching number one in Spain and the top-10 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, while reaching the top-20 in most countries. The Floria Sigismondi directed video features shots of a paint-covered Pink and her male counterpart expressing their frustrations through contemporary dance.
The video was filmed in August, 2012. Pink stated that the video is one of the most beautiful music videos of her career. It was released in October, 2012. It was directed by Floria Sigismondi and choreographed by the Golden Boyz (who have worked with the likes of Madonna and Britney Spears) and stunt choreographer, Sebastien Stella. It was inspired by the Apache dance, a highly-stylized Parisian street performance. “Making this video was the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire career,” said Pink. “I never wanted it to end. It’s my favorite video ever.”
Pink took to her Twitter page to record her mother, Judith’s, reaction after showing her the risqué dance moves on the clip. “My mom, after seeing the new video… ‘Wow, honey. I’m speechless. And uncomfortable. No one can ever say you play it safe.'” Pink’s love interest is played by Broadway dancer Colt Prattes.
A reenactment of the video was performed during the 2012 American Music Awards where Pink received a standing ovation and was praised by critics for her ever-growing artistry. Billboard ranked “Try” the second best performance of the night, with the first being “Gangnam Style”.
The video is summed up in two locations: The indoor sequence where Pink performs a dramatic dance routine with her partner Colt Prattes, and the outdoor scene where they collide into one another in a desert. The video features flashes of color and is heavily metaphorical, portraying an unhealthy, tormented relationship through artistic usage of the two performers’ bodies.