"Going to Hell" (Razor & Tie; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers


Taylor Momsen heads up The Pretty Reckless. She's got a raspy voice--and a sexy one at that. She sings about sex, tough times and angst. Her history started with being Cindy Lou Who in the movie Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000) and then her stint on the CW show "Gossip Girl." She acts, sings and takes her clothes off in her videos. She's part of the middle finger club when it comes to men and how she views the world based on religion.

The music is cool, hard rock with nice guitar riffs. She does have a couple of slow tracks on "Going to Hell" that show off her voice. Fans of Halestorm will dig Taylor's voice, she's got that something but she's still lacking, I can't put my finger on it because this is just her second disc. I think she is trying too hard to be edgy but not enough to be taken seriously. It's a mixed decision, maybe I'll feel more solid about her voice after a few more discs. She's listed on all the songwriting credits so her voice is her own on these tracks.

I'm sure all the angst-ridden teens will dig her message. She's not too bleak and taboo enough to cause curiosity among those who are sick of pop punk speaking the same language as all the other oppressors. I'm beyond some of the stuff she sings about so I focused on the music. It's got a solid beat and the band can rock when it's time. The track that stands out is "Blame Me."

The Pretty Reckless: Taylor Momsen - vocals; Ben Phillips - guitar, backing vocals; Mark Damon - bass; Jamie Perkins - drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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