As a music fan, I spend countless hours each year in trying to find the next big thing. If the next big thing is what you seek, look no farther than THE PRETTY RECKLESS! The band, which is fronted by Taylor Momsen of ‘Gossip Girl’ fame, has just unleashed their powerful debut album ‘Light Me Up’ on U.S. soil on Interscope Records. Celebrity fronted rock bands of the past have been hit or miss but as soon as this album is fired up on your system, it will remove all doubt that Momsen is just a pretty face! Her powerful voice, sultry delivery and rock n’ roll swagger transcend her years and make her a force to be reckoned with!
What should I expect?
As a whole, the band offers up a straight forward rock n’ roll style and attitude which jumps out and grab you even on the first listen. You may have already been exposed to the album’s first single, “Make Me Wanna Die,” which made it’s debut as the credits rolled for Matthew Vaughn’s stellar adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel ‘Kick-Ass’. In short, it is a rock anthem that will stand the test of time as it blends seamlessly symphonic elements with brilliantly arranged riffs and a powerful bass line. Instantly catchy, instantly added to my playlist!
Along with Momsen, producer Kato Khandwala (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, All Time Low) and guitarist Ben Phillips contribute to the robust songwriting. As a music fan, one of the most pleasing things about ‘Light Me Up’ is the fact that it showcases a talented group of musicians, brilliant songwriting and a stunning frontwoman with an incredible voice, yet still manages to stay focused on the art not to fall victim the the trend of overproduction or image. At its core, eager fans will find a powerful mix of jams that are capable of of being elevated to level of stadium rockers and more intimate tunes that would make for an amazing small club show. The Pretty Reckless does it all!
This record, which has not a single bad song, is without a doubt an early candidate for rock album of the year. It is exciting, fresh and grows on you more with every listen. Any of track could prove to be a breakout mainstream hit and put the band on the fast track to superstardom. Other bands toiling in the studio should take note as this band has set the bar has been set high with their triumphant debut. Taylor Momsen and company are poised to breathe life into a genre where life support (and creativity) is desperately needed.
‘Light Me Up’ serves as one of the strongest debuts of a in recent memory and will serve as a strong foundation for future outings.. Standout tracks include “My Medicine”, “Miss Nothing”, “Make Me Wanna Die” and “Nothing Left To Lose.”
Rating: 5 out of 5
Catch the band and sample them for yourself as they are slated to perform on Lopez Tonight airing February 10th.
The Pretty Reckless’ Light Me Up tracklisting:
1. My Medicine
2. Since You’re Gone
3. Make Me Wanna Die
4. Light Me Up
6. Just Tonight
7. Miss Nothing
8. Goin’ Down
9. Nothing Left To Lose
Check out TPR on the road:
February 11 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
February 12 – San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage
February 14 – Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch
February 17 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
February 18 – Houston, TX – HOB Bronze Peacock
February 19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Cambridge
February 20 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
February 22 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
February 23 – Indianapolis, IN – Earth House
February 24 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room
February 25 – Niagara Falls, NY – Hard Rock Café
February 26 – Toronto, ON – Tattoo Rock Parlour
February 27 – Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
March 2 – New York, NY – Santo’s Party House
March 3 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
March 4 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
March 10 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
March 11 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
March 12 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
March 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club AE
March 16 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
March 17 – Vienna VA – Jammin Java
March 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
March 20 – Hartford, CT – Webster Underground