Well, The Pretty Reckless sure have done it. They expanded their EP into an almost bearable full-length album that will definitely please fans. Those who liked the Make Me Wanna Die EP will be more than satisfied with Light Me Up, as it is literally just a longer version of the EP: more cheesy guitar solos, more trying-too-hard raunchy lyrics, and more of Taylor Momsen’s overly-mature yet incredibly addicting vocals. As far as the music world goes, Light me Up does not show any indication of the promising future of the industry, but it is, like the EP, not the worst thing to enter the scene. Momsen again steals the show with her incredible voice, while all other aspects of the record actually bring her down. Had she made sense of her lyrics and tried to penetrate a new side of rock music, she could have created a name for herself, one that does not make little children want to run and hide; however, she deserves props for her effort and her voice.
It is always easiest to begin with the bad news, so let’s discuss lyrics. The phrase “light me up when I’m down” is not only the indication of a serious problem, but it is probably the cheesiest way of asking for a smoke. The rest of The Pretty Reckless’ lyrics follow the same pattern: very cliché and with a very immature mindset for the mature topics discussed. Also, the lyrics simply do not make sense. What does it mean to be “lost between Elvis and suicide,” as stated in “Nothing Left to Lose”? Even when they try to fuse allusion and symbolism into the lyrics, they fall very flat. For example, “My Medicine” features the phrase, “there’s a tiger in the room and a baby in the closet.” Did they really allude to The Hangover? Yes, yes they did.
The songs range from depression in “Nothing Left to Lose” to major party tunes like “Factory Girl,” allowing no consistency or flow to the album-- nothing to hold it together or make it real to its audience. The seeming ability to relate to the lyrics disappears at a second glance, and the songs are unveiled as empty. Also unsustainable are the instrumentals. As seen on the EP, nothing special is brought to the table as far as musicality goes. Their guitarist plays the guitar, their drummer keeps the beat, their bassist strums along, and that is about as far as it goes. The guitar riffs are ordinary, the beats are simple-- nothing is gained for rock and roll.
Again, the only thing that makes this album worth listening to is Taylor Momsen’s voice. If good, raw vocals make you happy, set this album on repeat because this girl can sing. Her voice is raspy and rough and mature and incredible, to say the least. She, by herself, could do great in the rock industry if she could find people on her level to back her up, and maybe a lyricist. It was a valid effort for the Pretty Reckless once again, but nothing to write home about. Not even a little.
2. Since You're Gone
3. Make Me Wanna Die
4. Light Me Up
5. Just Tonight
6. Miss Nothing
7. Goin' Down
8. Nothing Left To Lose
9. Factory Girl
The Pretty Reckless is a New York based alternative rock band fronted by American actress and model Taylor Momsen. Other members include Ben Phillips, Mark Damon and Jamie Perkins. On December 30, 2009, the band released a promo song entitled Make Me Wanna Die which was later launched on the soundtrack to the 2010 film Kick-Ass. The first EP for their album was released on June 22, 2010 and the full record "Light Me Up" was released August 27, 2010 in the UK and on February 8, 2011 in the USA. ... read more