The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell (2014)
I’ve never considered myself a gentleman. As to blonds, brunettes or redheads I never had much of a preference; but I seem to be writing a lot about blonds. I’ve covered In This Moment, Miley Cyrus, Courtney Love, Pink and Miss Piggy. Wait… not Miss Piggy. To only one redhead, Shirley Manson.
And now, the next blond… Taylor Momsen
I’m really curious as to whether I’m the only person who is really getting into the Pretty Reckless. Every time I suggest going to see them live in October (for only $25) the guys in my band look at me like I’ve sprouted an extra head. Billboard says they topped at #5, but have been dropping steadily since. The guys at work who introduced me to the band featuring Cindy Lou Who from the live action “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” keep telling me not to quit my day job when I sing along with the album.
So what gives?
While Taylor Momsen is an actress-turned-singer much like Miley Cyrus, the similarities end there. Well, except for the being blond and the flashing of the tits. but THAT’s where the similarities end. The biggest difference is The Pretty Reckless are a pretty damn good rock and roll band. And while you can’t say that they’re breaking any new ground, they have the youthful energy, vigor and appetite that I find irresistible.
“Heaven Knows” strikes me as something of a Queen rip off. Stomp/clap drums and a singalong chorus remind me a lot of “We Will Rock You” and while I’m not going to give bonus points for the lyrics (I’m not even sure what the hell this song is about) this song will get stuck in your head. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Choosing “Fucked Up World” as the second single seems a ballsy move, until they rename is “Messed Up World.” Then it makes perfect sense. I can’t say I care much for the edited version though, it sounds like they just cut out “Fucked” and added “Messed” with cheap software and no concern for how the flow of the song is interrupted. Just changing that one word really messes the whole song up.
And you can’t argue that there are some really badass riffs on this album. “Going to Hell,” “Sweet Things,” “Why’d You Bring A Shotgun To The Party” and the country-tinged “Absolution” all contain some monster guitar licks.
There are also a few great acoustic/slower numbers like “House on a Hill,” “Blame Me” and “Waiting for a Friend” which features the best lyric on the album:
“My head is like a prison cell
I’m all by myself
I’m waiting for my friend
To come and break me out”
But above all the thing I love the most about The Pretty Reckless is Momsen’s smoky voice. Or maybe it’s the hot body…
I like to think I’m deep and don’t base my musical tastes on appearance but…
This has been my desktop background for a while now.