Going to Hell - The Pretty Reckless
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mar 27, 2014
    80
    It's a bit rawer, significantly darker and a lot more Momsenier. [15 Mar 2014, p.53]
  2. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    The group may be following a blueprint, but they believe they're following their own course, and that conviction is convincing.
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    64
    The Pretty Reckless don’t do a great deal to prove the cynics wrong here. More frustratingly, they are undoubtedly capable of much better.
  4. Mar 18, 2014
    60
    This New York band's brash second album rages with the upbeat, beat-wise humor that hard rock has suppressed ever since grunge.
  5. Mar 18, 2014
    40
    Blatant Queen rip-off Heaven Knows is fun, but it all goes wrong when she breaks out ballads. [Apr 2014, p.116]
  6. Mar 18, 2014
    20
    The Pretty Reckless seems to have tried too hard to come across as outrageous. It's got every contrived reference possible along with clips of brainwashing television sermons and sound bites recreated from cheap porn. [Apr 2014, p.93]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Mar 23, 2014
    10
    What?! This album is definitely the best of 2014 so far! Taylor Momsen has a spectacular voice, and all the songs are phenomenal! The best songs are "Sweet Things," "Follow Me Down," and "Why'd You Bring A Shotgun To The Party". Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    10
    I don't understand the critics these days. This is definitely a well produced album. Commercial yes, not revolutionary probably, but very well performed. The songs are all very interesting, and diverse. And Taylor Momsen has an amazing voice. I would not call it the best in 2014 but I myself haven't come across such an album for quite a long time. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2014
    10
    The critics have lost their mind…if you listen to the radio, its filled with single hit bands.
    Cheesy bands…with banjo's.
    This one reminds
    me of the days of Alice in Chains, Soundgarden…and STP.

    Been a while...
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  4. Jun 25, 2014
    7
    Going To Hell is a turn on with a lot of turn offs. Definitely not a classic, but it's definitely one of the best rock album I've heard this year. I rate it 70/100. Expand
  5. Jun 27, 2014
    7
    The Pretty Reckless fit inside the rule that the first album is better than second. 'Going to Hell' could be better and more creative, but TPR got on the same thing, with lyrics just a little more heavily. 'Burn' is the TOP on the album, its all. Expand
  6. Mar 19, 2014
    7
    Pretty? Not very. Reckless? Sure. Rock 'n' roll? Well, Going to Hell has to be the most mainstream rock record in recent memory -- maybe since last year's QOTSA album. Let's avoid discussing Taylor Momsen's knack for rebellion -- even if it has a tendency to take over 98.8 percent of the album -- and talk about her MUSIC. Beginning with what sounds like a girl climaxing "down by the river" and "through the trees" and jumping into a Christian folk chorus where Momsen uses a double entendre about religion and chorus on "Follow Me Down"; it's actually an exhilarating start to the album. Momsen has received comparisons to Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain himself (that last one being, um, her) and although her lyrical content is far too short and shallow to match that of Cobain, it's not a surprising comparison. Momsen sings the hell out of every song and sets the tone for the album smoothly. And the music itself, while uninspired at the least, actually isn't one-dimensional as one would believe. The wannabe Queen composition of "Heaven Knows" has a hook that Avril Lavigne feels damned she didn't write herself. "Why'd You Bring a Shotgun to the Party?" has Momsen impersonating a contemporary pop musician from a shot up rock chick's point of view and "F***ed Up World", well, could actually find a place on contemporary radio with its alternative roots firmly in place. The closer, "Waiting for a Friend", ends the album on a gentler note, using European folk influences. All in all, Going to Hell has surprised me. Despite some sloppy songwriting and dated nu metal tunes, Momsen and the band have something going on that's not just a so-and-so wannabe rock queen -- since Amy Lee's currently in the process of having a child, maybe she'll lend Momsen her thrown for most melodramatic rock star ever. And that's not a negative, melodrama's good every once in a while. Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2014
    3
    Light Me Up foi PERFEITO,um album INCRÍVEL,mas Going To Hell descepcionou,eles vieram com eps e um album maravilhoso e ai e vem com um album meia boca.
    3 por que as duas únicas boas músicas viraram single e Taylor salva um pouco pela voz bêbada linda.
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