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Album Review: The Pretty Reckless - Going To Hell

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 1:40 AM

The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell

Written by The Rock Man


Up until recently I knew pretty much next to nothing about The Pretty Reckless and their lead singer Taylor Momsen. I soon learned that Momsen has had some modelling work and some acting work which includes a role on the CW television series Gossip Girl. Her other passion is rock and roll which brings us to her band The Pretty Reckless. In early 2010 the band released an EP simply titled The Pretty Reckless EP, later that same year they would release their first full length studio album Light Me Up and in 2012 a second EP would follow titled Hit Me Like A Man.

I managed to get a hold of Light Me Up for a listen to see what the deal was. While I cannot say it set my world on fire, it was not a complete waste of time either. For the most part it was a solid rock effort with a handful of enjoyable songs. So given that, I have no idea why I was looking forward to hearing their new album Going To Hell, but I am glad I did.

Maybe it was the promise of what was to come upon hearing the singles Follow Me Down, Going To Hell and Heaven Knows, which by the way are the albums opening three tracks. For all intents and purposes that is the whole point of a single, to give the listener a 3 to 4 minute preview of the album and judging by the quality of the fore mentioned tracks Going To Hell, dare I say it, was going to be a hell of a ride.

The album features a number of acoustic driven track such as House On A Hill, Dear Sister, Burn and Waiting For A Friend, the latter showcasing Momsen’s Bob Dylan influence. But like the opening tracks I mentioned there are enough fist pumping moments to keep everybody happy with the highlight being Absolution. This song kicks some serious ass. Other tracks worth pointing out include Fucked Up World which lyrically is pretty self explanatory, judging by its title, Kill Me and Why’d You Bring A Shotgun To The Party which deals with the ever escalating violence in America where Momsen states ”Why'd you bring a shotgun to the party?/ Everybody's got one, there's nothing new about it/Wanna make a statement? You should've come without it”.

Lyrically there are a few pearls of wisdom on the record like that, Momsen clearly has a few issues she wants to get off her chest and does this with a fair degree of tongue in cheek and sarcasm. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with her points of view the result is some fine song writing. A mention must also go to the musicianship of the rest of the band, guitarist Ben Phillips pull out some chunky melodic riffs that are guaranteed to crack ribs, while the rhythm section of bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins lay down some seriously cool grooves and swagger, again I reference Absolution.

For mine, this band appears to have come a long way since the release of Light Me Up. I can only imagine what the band has in store for future releases, however for now I am pretty content with this one. I may not have know who they were before but I certainly do now.



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