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Forget Gossip Girl. Taylor was born to rock,
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This review is from: Going to Hell (Audio CD)
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 three years for the next one. How can I best sum up this band? (For people who don't like long reviews; I understand, you have stuff to do.) Blues-metal magnificence. It's as if Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Janis Joplin all made sweet love and had a scarily awesome baby named The Pretty Reckless. If that is all you need to hear, go buy the album now and enjoy. Everyone else is invited to read on...
The album charges strong out of the gate with "Follow Me Down", a terrifically sleazy blues romp that opens up with porn star Jenna Haze making... a little music of her very own. You crank up the volume to hear her moans and sighs, and then BLAM, the guitar riff slams you in the face (a nice trick, I must say). It's the standout track for me on this record; it is the best rock song I have heard in maybe... 20 years? No joke, folks. Razor and Tie Records: you are FOOLS if you don't release this as a radio single. It will CRUSH the industry.
Second favorite song: "Why'd You Bring a Shotgun to the Party?" Pure swagger, wisdom, and rage. "Sweet Things" is a close shave for third; she lets loose with some brutal howling near the end. A sign of heavier metal things to come? Perhaps. But slower, prettier songs like "House on a Hill" could easily be crossover hits on Top 40 stations, too. "Waiting for a Friend", a welcome dose of light 'n sweet, will make you wish you were that friend for whom she's waiting.
One might be tempted, given the tender age 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. This insanely gorgeous girl can SING, and write songs, too. And 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 a$$kickers 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 for our 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; again, it is like Janis has been reborn, darkly drawn.
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.
Rock on, Reckless!! I hope you go pentuple platinum. ;-}>
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Initial post: Mar 28, 2014 7:15:30 PM PDT
Love your review Jason! Was telling my buddies that you kick the Rolling Stone "professional" reviewer's butt with your take. I bought the deluxe CD at Best Buy last week and already listened to it in its entirety 5 times. I would have listened to it more, but I'm trying to savor it and make the freshness of it last as long as possible - at least until the new Lacuna Coil album is released next week. :-) Anyway, bravo on your review - couldn't have said it better myself!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2014 10:00:12 PM PDT
Thanks a lot! That review was originally twice that long, but I had to shorten it when I realized most Amazon customers aren't looking to read a huge article when they check out those reviews. I just love Taylor to pieces; trying to help sell some records, although they don't seem to need much assistance from the likes of me, as the album is blowing up. Hey, if your buddies have Amazon accounts, tell them I can always use more Helpful votes, lol.
I appreciate the feedback.
Posted on May 1, 2014 5:08:04 AM PDT
Keep On Rockin' says:
nice review. you peaked my curiosity.think i'll give it a shot. i am set in my ways and don't have room for any new bands but i'll make a rare exception here.
In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2014 1:28:16 PM PDT
Thanks! I don't think you will be disappointed. I myself haven't listened to a new band for at least a decade, but Taylor is something special. Post a review once you give it a listen; I'd be curious to find out what you thought!
In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014 6:47:45 AM PDT
Keep On Rockin' says:
hey man thanks for the reply i bought every download they have! this band is amazing i am telling everyone i know that barring some sort of tragedy i expect this band to be mega superstars. taylor is out of this world great. i also like the drummer too. when she sings she makes me feel most of the time. favorite tracks are absolution,blame me,light me up,just tonight,and factory girl. thanks again.
In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014 12:40:00 PM PDT
excellent! another Reckless convert. Cheers man...
Posted on May 13, 2014 11:11:47 PM PDT
Vary good review, but just for clarification the woman having an orgasm on follow me down is pornstar Jenna Haze.
In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2014 3:54:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2014 1:20:21 AM PDT
Good to know!! I have seen Jenna in TPR videos, it makes sense! I just thought that would be a pretty Tayloresque move to do it herself; never occurred to me it would be anyone else.
I will fix the review, thank you
Posted on Sep 10, 2014 12:49:55 PM PDT
Thanks for this review ! You also might be interested to listen to the "Blues Pills",another new hard rockin' band from Europe(based in Sweden) with a truly exceptionally talented female singer ( Elin Larsson).
They've just put out their first CD and it's going to be very successful over here for a reason......no need for a comparison though!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2014 1:26:44 PM PDT
I will check them out! I have a special place in my musical heart for women who rock. Thanks!