THE PRETTY RECKLESS AT FREEBIRD LIVE

There’s a scene in The Pretty Reckless’ video for the song “Heaven Knows” in which Taylor Momsen (pictured; you know her from Gossip Girl) slides back a sheer robe to reveal her impeccable naked self, naughty bits covered by what looks to be black marker in the form of a cross. (A similar image adorns the front of Going to Hell, the band’s second full-length.) It is, of course, meant to be rebellious, in a mass-market sort of way. And then she smashes a television with a sledgehammer, because angst. Not being an angsty, horny teenager, you’re probably inclined to hate Momsen’s music. But then maybe you listen, and maybe you don’t. Hell is brash, unabashed, anthemic, fun, occasionally beautiful and, yes, sexy, even when it tries too hard to be pissed off about whatever, and even when it skews a little too much toward generic. 

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october, 2021

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