The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell – review
The Pretty Reckless – formerly just The Reckless – are probably best known for the 2010 hit You Make Me Wanna Die. They are fronted by blonde stunner/edgy rock-chick Taylor Momsen (no need to remind you that, prior to being part of the hard rock four piece, this talented 20-year-old starred in Gossip Girl).
The opening of the first track, the sound of a woman coming to climax, is a little off-putting because it didn’t seem necessary or to fit. This can be forgiven though, as it’s the only instance of use of a sound that doesn’t quite seem to gel. Elsewhere, this album sees a more mature side to the band in terms of the sound. And while their lyrics aren’t going to win any awards for the deepest or most grown-up words put to a melody, not all music needs to be deep and meaningful and sometimes sexy and carefree is just what the doctor ordered. The Pretty Reckless are a rock band who don’t pretend to be anything else; their individuality and the feeling of not giving a shit is impressive, refreshing and makes me think that this album will go on to be more successful than their debut.
Some of the songs flirt with a softer style, with a guitar and woodwind instruments accompanying Taylor in a style we aren’t used to from the Pretty Reckless. Waiting for a Friend is an honest-sounding, solemn track and Blame Me has the potential to be a lot of people’s favourite (it’s certainly mine); the type of song that’s suited to radio play – unlike those with obvious obstacles like obscenities in the title (Fucked up world) – and could open the band to fans that wouldn’t otherwise consider The Pretty Reckless as ‘their kind of music’.
Review by Laura Ghafoor.