Hey upper east siders, wait, what? Oh, she’s not Little J anymore…
Today I’m going to be reviewing The Pretty Reckless’ new album, ‘Who You Selling For”.
Not a huge fan of the album artwork, but I have a bit of a girl crush on Taylor Momsen so I could be a tad biased towards the previous album which features her fine self on the front.
I’ve listened to it pretty much non-stop since it came out a few days ago, and here’s my verdict on each song:
The Walls Are Closing In / Hangman: First, let me just say: I NEED MORE OF THE WALLS ARE CLOSING IN IN MY LIFE. Holy shit, this is beautiful! Why does it only last for 45 seconds!? Wow, it’s so haunting and gorgeous. I love this.
Then it slowly builds into the heavy guitars of Hangman. I actually really like the build up. This is quite a steady song for TPR. It’s their usual, heavy style, but a bit less fast and furious guitar riffs. It’s definitely a song for all moods.
Oh My God: This is classic TPR – very fast and furious. Love the drums during the intro, reminds me a little of Going to Hell, in a good way. The lyrics are very relatable. Love the end of the song with vocals over just the guitar and drums, all guns blazing.
Take Me Down: Oh, there’s a bit of Bongo action going on! This is definitely the standout track on the album, hence why they released it before the album came out. It’s very anthemic. It’s a great mid-way song if you’re not in the mood for their really heavy stuff as there’s less distortion in the song compared to some of the others on the album. Love this song!
Prisoner: The intro really sounds like Counting Bodies by A Perfect Circle, which I love! Once the guitar riff and the drums come in for the verses it’s actually quite a sexy song. Has a really steady beat throughout the whole song which gives the impression of footsteps – perhaps a group of prisoners walking throughout their halls? One of the more standout tracks on the album.
Wild City: I love this song, because the wah-wah guitar makes it sound like it’s come straight from a Starsky & Hutch style 80’s cop show. I feel like I’m on a stakeout in a bad part of town. Very 80’s hair metal style song in parts, especially the guitar solo towards the end – I like it! Her vocals on this track are awesome. This is definitely one of my favourite songs on the album.
Back to the River (feat Warren Haynes): I’m liking the more acoustic feel at first, gets nicely upbeat throughout the rest of the song. There is a good amount of light and shade in this song which prevents it from becoming boring. Seems to me like it’s a part 2 of Follow Me Down from their previous album. It’s a bit more chilled out, I like it. I wondered when’s this Warren Haynes was gonna show up, then I realised he’s providing the awesome guitar solos. I like that there’s a bit of rock ‘n’ roll piano in there, too.
Who You Selling For: The very first bar kinda reminds me of the beginning of A Whole New World from Aladdin. This is one of the softer songs on the album, but I actually really love her vocals when they’re not as harsh. Doesn’t have as much of a punch as some of the other tracks on the album, but it’s not bad at all. Personally I wouldn’t have picked this song as the title track, as I feel like there are better songs.
Bedroom Window: Again, liking that this shows their more acoustic side. I really like the sound, but I don’t like when the vocal melodies mimic the instruments. At just over 2 minutes, it’s a cute little filler song, but I probably won’t be putting it in any playlists.
Living in the Storm: So now we’re back to TPR that we know and love! Heavy guitars and an awesome drum beat. This song was a bit of a grower for me personally, I didn’t love it to start with, but there were parts I really liked. After listening more and more this has become one of the standout tracks on the album for me. I love the latter half of the song, from the softer part into the much heavier guitars & wailing vocals.
Already Dead: This is one of tracks everyone seems to love, but, I don’t know if I’m quite getting it? Maybe it’ll grow on me. Really love her vocals in this song, although there are parts where she tries to belt and I get the impression that she’s struggling a bit? Quite steady throughout the main bulk of the song, only seems to pick up towards the end. There are definitely better tracks, in my opinion.
The Devil’s Back: This song is very Prog Rock, I quite like it, but I don’t think it’s necessary for it to be so long (I realise that’s the whole point of Prog Rock!). Really like the lyrics to this song, very relatable. I love the guitar in the background, and then into the solo, it’s very sexy. After a while it does go on a bit, though. Not one of my favourites though, unfortunately.
Mad Love: Really love this song. Really sexy beat. Bit more of an electronic feel which is a nice change, I’d actually like to hear a few more songs like this. I love the distortion on her vocals in the verses. A great song to end the album on.
All in all I really am in love with this album, I love that there’s a lot of variation and light & shade, so that no two songs sound the same. This one will be playing non-stop for a while yet!
Leave me a comment with your thoughts on the album!