The Pretty Reckless EP by The Pretty Reckless
When you think of Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen and music, do you think bubblegum pop, or do you think of the genious rock involving her band, The Pretty Reckless? I hope you thought the second option. Taylor Momsen had grown up on Oasis, Nirvana, and The White Stripes, so it’s no surprise that her alto voice created three not-so-heavy rock songs, perfect for the indie kid, or the rock-loving adult.
The first song, “Make Me Wanna Die”, involves great guitar riffs, innocent strings, and powerhouse vocals that used the song on the “Kick-A**” movie soundtrack. The song uses the theme of romantic insecurities in their lyrics. “I’ll never be good enough, and everything you love will burn up in the light. And everytime I look inside your eyes, you make me wanna die.” This relates to the infatuated teenage girl in so many ways that it’s not cliche`, but pure honesty.
The second song, “My Medicine” has an old blues-rock sound that a mother of three in her forties could love easily. The way the lyrics play around Momsen’s voice work perfectly to display an innocent girl paired with new words that have been used repetitively to describe not feeling like yourself. If you’re a fan of Janis Joplin, this is a good song for you.
“Goin’Down” is a good song for the jump-around-and-break-something personality in you. “What I need is someone to same me ’cause I am goin’ down.” is what Momsen proclaims with perfect control and volume, paired with blasting drums and a classic electric guitar.
Overall, The Pretty Reckless is one of my favorite bands because from the modern rock to the old influences, this band delivers in what has to be one of the best, if not the best, EPs I’ve ever heard.