The Pretty Reckless Go to Hell and Back on New Album

The Pretty Reckless‘ provocative cover of their 2014 release by Razor & TieGoing to Hell is a clear insight into the racy content of the album. The opening track “Follow Me Down” starts with moaning that screams sex, turning into heavy guitar sounds by Ben Phillips.  Taylor Momsen‘s rebellious, grungey voice is like young Stevie Nicks in the lower range. There’s a lot of contrast in the song, going from loud, high energy jams to suddenly quiet, whisper-like sections that conveys instability and wildness.

The title track “Going to Hell” speaks for itself. The song is a confession of the reasons why Momsen declares she is going to Hell.  Drugs, sex, and deception are clearly defined in the lyrics and the high paced, quickening bass line pumped out by Mark Damon enforce the idea of a life spinning out of control. The album is distinctly about breaking rules, with the next track “Heaven Knows” acting as a part-two of the previous.   If there ever was a genre of music called heavy metal anti-Christian rock, this album will fit right in there.  “Absolution” gets deep and existential with words like Jump into the sun/Dear boy what are you running from?/An answer you won’t find in your grave.  Religion is heavily used in the album but it’s leans more towards fire and Hell and less from the angels and sunshine.

The Pretty Reckless slow it down for “House On A Hill“, which shows that Momsen can do more than loud grunge. Her voice does not need the heavy backup by her band to stand on its own.  There are more references to death and not being saved, which at this point, might be slightly overkill.

Thankfully, songs like “Burn” and “Blame Me” address other topics.  “Why’d You Bring A Shotgun To A Party” is an aggressive song attacking the one guy who always has to get in an argument and have the last word.  It is a gospel for the people who have had to deal with listening to these self-righteous bros.  Amen.

The Pretty Reckless is the perfect band name for this group and they sure know how to live up to their name.  Being bad and proud in every second, Going to Hell is the compilation of all things dark and rebellious. Because of this, the album is slightly one-noted, but the sound they produce brings you right into the life of a reckless youngster and makes you feel a little more daring.

Take a listen down below and see for yourself!

Like it?  Hate it?  Tell us in the comments!


  1. Lauren S

    July 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I really enjoy the single “Heaven Knows” from this album!

  2. Katie Antonsson

    July 29, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I’m so fascinated by The Pretty Reckless. I think they have such an old rock sound and it works so well. Makes me happy to see them release another awesome LP.

  3. Darlene Steelman

    August 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I love their song ‘Heaven Knows’ and am interested in hearing the rest of the album… Taylor Momsen has such a sexy voice!

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