Saturday, 29 March 2014

Review - The Pretty Reckless: Going to Hell

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     Going To Hell (click for Amazon link), the second album from The Pretty Reckless, is largely what you’d expect from them. A record infused with rebellion, seduction and attitude. It’s an album full of big sounds, with the powerful vocals are accompanied by lots of soaring, heavy riffs. It has the feel of an album influenced by classic rock and metal music. Lyrically, things can get a little dark, and possible controversial to some people (particularly the religious references, such as ‘Going to Hell’), but much of it can also be read as empowering and confident. There’s a sense of reckless abandon and embracing sin, and being entirely unapologetic about doing so. This is perhaps best summed up in the track ‘Fucked Up World’, which feels very reminiscent of the classic motto of “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll”. Other tracks are everything from raunchy to creepy to corrupt, keeping things complementary but still somewhat varied. At times, things can feel overly theatrical, especially with the additional sounds (moans in ‘Follow Me Down’, gunfire in ‘Why’d You Bring A Shotgun to the Party?’) which feel a bit gimmicky and unnecessary. However, this theatricality is counterbalanced by the rawness and vulnerability of other tracks, such as ‘Burn’ and ‘Waiting for a Friend’ which are entirely stripped back, both musically and emotionally, and provides a bit more depth and honesty to the record. Overall, while it may not feel any more mature than their first record, this album is a dark chaotic ride, with a confidence and energy that should appeal to many.


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