REVIEW: The Pretty Reckless – “Light Me Up”

The Pretty Reckless / Light Me Up / Interscope

The transition from camera subject to rock star can sometimes be a difficult one, especially when you’re only 17.  However, Taylor Momsen, frontwoman of The Pretty Reckless, pulls it off seamlessly. With a few movies and modeling gigs already under her leather belt, the grunge prima donna and her bandmates are on a mission to show the world they’ve got what it takes to make a fierce, edgy yet honest rock album. Momsen’s raw vocals contribute to the debut’s caricature of pop while still remaining true to the modern rock feel it possesses deep inside.

Lyrically, Light Me Up seems to capture the highs and lows of one’s existence, as well as everything in between like being courageous and empowering (“Since You’re Gone”, “Goin’ Down”) and expressing pain (“Nothing Left To Lose”). But don’t be too quick to assume that this is just another whiny pop release as Momsen’s sincere outbursts about drugs, raising hell and committing sins might just surprise you. In fact, this whole album might just throw your world out of place with an attitude that’s reckless and then some.

Download: “Just Tonight”, “Goin Down”

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  • John says:

    I agree, the whole cd is great, even the couple of ballads are good as well. Taylor has a great voice, a great look and a great attitude, this album will surprise a lot of people. I
    listen to a lot of music and this is probably my favorite album of the year so far.

  • Susie says:

    it’s definitely not whiny pop for sure. she does dress a bit skankish, but the music speaks for itself

  • Tom says:

    To me it sounds like a less heavy, female-fronted, version of recent Papa Roach. But in a good way.

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