Tuesday, April 12, 2011

'Gossip' grrrl rocks - 'Light Me Up' Review

"Light Me Up"

Not since Saint Joan of Jett first grabbed a guitar has hard rock sounded this sexy. The Pretty Reckless, a quartet fronted by soon-to-be-18-year-old "Gossip Girl" star Taylor Momsen, is going to face a sea of skepticism, yet their debut record, "Light Me Up," is remarkably good.
The blond actress/model, who co-wrote all the songs, is a talented rock singer rather than just a wannabe star. Her snarly, deep voice gives her a just-right swagger, and sounds natural against the pedal-to-the-metal headbanging of her band.
Melodically, Momsen is a bit Tori Amos, and vocally, Fiona Apple. It's a great combo that gels on the fast rockers such as "My Medicine" and "Miss Nothing." Momsen and company are less effective when she gently coos through a ballad such as "Nothing Left To Lose."



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