Although it’s 2016, there are many rock elitists who (wrongly) believe that there are no successful or talented female-fronted bands. Sexism is still a massive issue in the music industry, and it’s frustrating that some people are still so ignorant. New York based rockers The Pretty Reckless are back and ready to prove the haters wrong again with their third album, ‘Who You Selling For?’.
It’s clear from the get-go that The Pretty Reckless have altered their sound for their latest release, however, this certainly isn’t a bad thing. There’s a more ‘edgy’ and grungy feel to this album; it’s raw and organic, rather than over-rehearsed and autotuned. Taylor Momsen has transformed from the angsty pop-rock princess into a soulful and powerful rock goddess. Her vocal style is incredible; she’s able to perform with the blues filled vibe of the early ’60s rock ‘n’ roll sound.
‘Take Me Down’ is the album’s lead single, and it’s a great introduction into the band’s new sound. The song structure is quite simplistic, which allows Momsen‘s stunning vocals and the old school guitar riffs to really stand out. There are no pretences, and in the singer’s own words, “Don’t care what happens when I die / As long as I’m alive, all I wanna do is rock!”
If you’re going to have a guest guitarist on your album, you need to ensure that they’re someone talented, and that’s exactly what The Pretty Reckless have done. ‘Back To The River’ features Warren Haynes, who’s best known for his work with The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule. The solos are extremely powerful, and definitely help to add to the old school rock vibe that the band are aiming for.
The Pretty Reckless have managed to create an album which will appeal to both old school and newer rock fans alike. There are obvious influences from Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Nirvana, however, Momsen and co. have still managed to create something unique and easily likeable. The Pretty Reckless have managed to upgrade their sound, and it’s great to see a band performing at their full potential.
Written by Julia Conopo (@JuliaConopo)
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