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Forget Gossip Girl; Taylor was born to rock
Posted by: Jacleric from: Manchester, NH on
At long last, the new TPR album drops, on the night of a full moon. One can only hope they do not make us wait another four years for the next one.
To put it simply: Taylor Momsen is going to rule the world. She is going to be HUGE, and the real kicker is the depth of substance beneath the sublime packaging... yes, she is insanely gorgeous. But this girl really can sing, and write songs, too. Every song is a single; there is no filler, all killer. The Reckless should get a lot of mileage out of this album on rock radio, and that is the benefit of not rushing a record. But another one in 2015, at least, would be most welcome. The standout track for me on this one: "Why'd You Bring A Shotgun to the Party?" Pure swagger, wisdom, and rage. "Sweet Things" was a close second; she lets out some brutal howls near the end. Could this be a sign of heavier metal things to come?
One might be tempted, given the tender age and ludicrous beauty of the frontwoman (she was only 15 or 16 when the band formed in '09), to dismissively label this band as pop-rock. They are not. I am here to testify to you, my people, as a lifelong devotee of all things aggro and metal: these songs legitimately rock, and rock hard. (As do all the songs from their previous releases, Light Me Up and Hit Me Like A Man, which you should buy immediately if you don't own them.) This band is not a vanity project for a pretty starlet; this is not She & Him, nor Juliette & the Licks. This is not 30 Seconds to Mars. This is a cadre of consummate rockers fronted by a natural-born siren who is only starting to come into her own. They are as serious as a heart attack and as potentially lethal to the unprepared.
As to my lady Taylor's sultry, smoky alto voice: it is a revelation. Her hypnotically husky purr (Anne Rice would call it a butterscotch growl) sounds like it must surely be coming out of someone else's body. You almost have to see her sing live to believe it is really HER belting this stuff out. It is the voice of an old soul crooning through a nubile host. The result is both intoxicating and disquieting. The acoustic tracks on Going to Hell literally gave me chills; it is like Janis Joplin has been reborn, darkly drawn.
Taylor and the Reckless have it within their grasp to make a cultural sea-change, to shift the tide away from hip-hop/pop garbage and back to snarling rock 'n roll, the way it once was and will be again. I am not kidding, here. They are the right band, in the right place & time to make a real difference in the landscape. Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters have been battling bravely, and practically alone, to keep the flame of hard rock burning through the dark years since the '90s. It is up to The Pretty Reckless now to take the torch from them and set the world on fire. And they can do it, too... just you watch.
Rock has been waiting for a standard bearer, a blazing symbol around whom we can rally, to rise up and take it all back. Could you be our Joan of Arc, Taylor? No pressure, kid; just shrug the weight of the world off of those slender shoulders and go kick it like it's your job. 'Cuz it is... and it's a job that you are very, very good at.
You are poised to become legend, little goddess. When you do take over this miserable planet, I ask only to be ranked amongst your most devoted slaves. ;-)> Rock on, Reckless!!
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