Saturday, December 6, 2014

Album #20; 'Going To Hell' - The Pretty Reckless

Kicking off the Top 20 this year is The Pretty Reckless with 'Going To Hell'. This album has garnered some hit singles ('Heaven Knows' and 'Going to Hell'), and is overall a very solid album. 'Little' Taylor Momsen has come a long way from her role in 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas', and has developed quite the singing voice to complement her stunning looks.

The opening song 'Follow Me Down' is my personal favorite off this album (ohhhh that intro), but 'Heaven Knows', 'Fucked Up World', and 'Sweet Things' are also high points. If you haven't heard 'Heaven Knows' yet, than you probably haven't listened to the radio for very long this year, as it's gained extreme airplay since its release. 'Blame Me', meanwhile shows the softer side of the band, and certainly gives Taylor's voice a chance to shine. 

I missed my chance to see them live in Portland a month ago, but I'm sure it would've been a great show, and I certainly won't miss it next time they come around! Overall, this was a very strong release from a band I discovered the year, and if I'd seen them live, it'd probably be farther up this list, but alas, it slots at #20 on the year!

Tracklist (favorites are in orange):

Follow Me Down - 4:40
Going To Hell - 4:36
Heaven Knows - 3:45
House on a Hill - 4:39
Sweet Things - 5:04
Dear Sister - 0:56
Absolution - 4:34
Blame Me - 4:27
Burn - 1:48
Why'd You Bring a Shotgun to the Party? - 3:21
Fucked Up World - 4:17
Waiting for a Friend - 3:13

Tomorrow will be #19, and #20 will be Ancient History!

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