MUSIC REVIEW: Taylor Momsen (@taylormomsen) Is The Best Whore In Rock; 'Going To Hell' Is Magnificent.


Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless is the best whore in rock. Of course, that's the evil talking, as well as what's responsible for turning Momsen into a legitimate rock star. After all, she was a seemingly nice child actress appearing in television shows like "Gossip Girl."

The band's sophomore effort titled "Going To Hell" is a compilation of all things bad ass. Musically, the album is top notch, but much attention revolves around the theme and racy cover image involving Momsen's nude backside.

So let's forget about her image for a second and talk about the album.

Fans who loved The Pretty Reckless' debut, "Light Me Up," will notice a slight change in sound. "Going to Hell" is much heavier and in your face, but the songs are still as catchy. The themes remain the same in the sense that lyrically the songs are adult oriented. However, the difference here is "Going to Hell" is a much more polished album than "Light Me Up." The songs are tighter, the lyrics seem more poetic, and Momsen's range has evolved into one of the great voices in music.


The rest of the members in the band deserve a lot of credit as well - Ben Phillips, Mark Damon, Jamie Perkins - as they stay under the radar giving Momsen all the spotlight but showing up on each track playing their parts perfectly.

At times, "Going to Hell" will make you pump your fist with songs like "Follow Me Down" and "Going to Hell," chill in a rocking chair with ballads like "Burn," or bob your head to tunes like "Why'd You Bring a Shotgun to the Party?" and "Fucked Up World."


Whatever the case, after listening to "Going To Hell," you'll probably want to take a shower or choke a priest. Whatever you decide, I'm sure Taylor Momsen won't care. And why would she? She's a motherfucking rock star!

"Going to Hell" is easily one of the best albums of 2014.


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Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He also is the author of the novels, The Extraordinary Life of Shady Gray, Hello Lesbian! and Anonymous. Visit him at www.tanamor.com. Email him at jason@zoiksonline.com.
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