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on 10 April 2014
In 2009, I'd have laughed at the idea of being a fan of a band fronted by a 17yr old blonde actress turned singer. Then I heard Make Me Wanna Die, loved it and loved the subsequent album Light Me Up.

This new album shows a band that have matured in terms of song-writing and playing abilities. The opening two tracks are out and out hard rock tracks before 'Heaven Knows' slows things down a little with a chorus of school kids in a similar vein to Alice Cooper's 'Schools Out'. 'House on a Hill' is a great rock ballad before 'Sweet Things' turns up the volume and pace with guitarist Ben Phillips contributing vocals.

I won't go through every track but there are no 'skippers' here for me. Ben Phillips is allowed to show his guitar skills more on this album and Taylor's vocals are near perfect throughout, whether screaming on 'Sweet Things' or on the gentle acoustic 'Waiting For a Friend'.

The Deluxe version includes acoustic versions two tracks - Going To Hell is live which makes it even more impressive.

Another reviewer criticized the album for not knowing whether it was hard rock, soft rock or pop with too many slow songs. That's rubbish! This album demonstrates the quality of a band that is equally at home in each of those categories and an album of the same types at fast tempos would quickly become boring.

'Going to Hell' is a worthy successor to 'Light Me Up'.
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on 7 April 2014
Bought a copy of the vinyl edition of Pretty Reckless album, Going to Hell, for a modest £12.99. Think it is just as good as the first album with a few standout tracks mainly on side one. Really like this band and saw them on tour with Evanescence a couple of years ago. The album is very solid and should enhance their growing reputation.

One problem though with the vinyl edition is that the download voucher that comes with it gives you an address to a site to download the tracks using a code. However, on arriving at the site there is no reference to the download and nowhere to submit your access code. This is a bit of a disappointment as there seems to be no way of rectifying it. However, if all you really want is a vinyl copy that s ok. Album is worth having in any format.
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on 29 August 2014
I bought 'Going To Hell' mainly on the strength of their previous album 'Light Me Up', and having played this new album more than a few times, I think I prefer it. The tracks are heavier sounding overall and whilst I can't quite make my mind up which track is my favourite as there isn't really a duff one, I have to say that 'Heaven Knows' and 'House on a Hill' are particularly appealing in my view.

I hold a flame for Taylor Momsen as she has been through some hard times with the press in the past; her sheer attitude not to let life get her down really impresses. I look forward to hearing more from her. Hopefully she may experiment with lighter material.

Overall, a thumbs up from me and The Pretty Reckless has just got itself promoted in my books from a 'like' to a 'favourite'.
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on 11 June 2014
Have had this in the car for the past couple of months, absolutely love it - do have to skip 2 tracks when the kids are in the car too, but otherwise I have it turned up LOUD!!!
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on 3 November 2014
Much darker and more rock oriented than the first album (with just the one "country" influenced track at the end), Going To Hell sees The Pretty Reckless develop and tighten their sound. Taylor Momsen's vocals are more confident and assured and the band's sound frames itself around them in a more focussed way than before.

As another reviewer said, this is most certainly not the difficult second album. It is strong, assured and sets the tone for The Pretty Reckless in the future. Well worth the purchase.
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on 23 August 2014
Most impressive! Perfect pacing and flow throughout as the band lay out the nature of sin/redemption. Shades of light and dark
meld seamlessly in the ebb and flow of the music which is captivating, tightly played and fiendishly melodic!
Lead singer Taylor even manages to toy with her image as one of the current "bad girls" in the title track..
For those who still believe in a complete album to cherish from start to finish, this one is for you
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on 23 August 2014
I'm a big fan of Symphonic Metal, bands which make music that mixes orquestra and heavy metal, but I always loved The Pretty Reckless, their music is really easy to listen to, but that doesn't mean they are bad, Taylor Momsen's vocals are awesome, the songs are pretty catchy and meaningful, the only thing I didin't like in this album was some chorus that were really repetitive, besides that, this is a great album.
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on 2 April 2014
Absolutely cracking rock album! Had long considered buying some of this band's music, and really glad I finally did.

From the catchy 'Going to Hell' and 'Heaven Knows' to the haunting 'House on a Hill' and 'Absolution', I don't thing there's a single bad track on this record.

Great songwriting, sublime riffs and Taylor Momsen's stonking voice: awesome stuff! A must buy!
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on 15 September 2014
Like some other reviewers I am an old rocker but there are some great modern bands about. The Pretty Reckless is among the best of them. All of the band members are obviously exceptionally talented and can produce differing styles of music to a very high standard. The two bonus tracks are different versions of songs earlier on the album but they are a worthy inclusion.
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on 17 June 2014
If you saw them at Download festival the other day, don't let the posing bag put you off, this album is much better than the way they played/she sang the songs. In much the same vein as their first album, Going to Hell has some excellent songs on it. Some are first play, instant likes. Worth buying.
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