Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go; The Pretty Reckless is much more than a pretty face in Taylor Momsen. Sure, she’s smokin’ hot, that’s obvious from their latest album cover and the rest of the photos on the inside jacket. Let’s set those aside for a few minutes, as hard as that may seem to be. Close your eyes and open your ears. Inside you will discover a talent so real, so pure, genuinely all her own. Backed up with an amazing band, it’s no wonder The Pretty Reckless is heading straight to the top with their sophomore LP, Going To Hell on Razor and Tie Records.
For those looking for a pure rock, this album picks up where Evanescence left off with their self-titled offering in 2011. It is similar in the fact that there is a dynamic range of sounds and emotions for the listener to experience. Yet, Momsen makes it clear that she has an identity of her own. There is no lack of creativity here: Momsen makes her own rules and easily gets away with it. She rocks like a modern-day Joan Jett mixed with the sexual appeal of Deborah Harry.
Her voice is pure and natural, just listen to the anthemic track “Heaven Knows”. She knows her range and down’t stray from it. There’s no need to, it’s perfect the way it is. Follow her to the next track, “House On a Hill” where Taylor’s voice will melt the listener’s heart. In fact, there’s a certain comfort factor through the entire album. Part of that comfort comes from the wide use of the six-string acoustic guitar on several of the tracks. Ben Philips is a master of his craft, plugged in or not.
All tracks are written by Momsen or co-written with Philips adding the the list of talents this team has to offer. There are 14 tracks offered her, making Going to Hell a great value. Besides the ones mentioned, other tracks not to miss include the title track and “Absolution” if you feel like rocking. For your more mellow moods, check out, “Waiting for a Friend”.
The Pretty Reckless is currently touring worldwide, so be sure to check out their website for dates and cities. I’ll be front and center at Welcome To Rockville so stay tuned for a review and some killer pics!