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Who You Selling For
The Pretty Reckless
Razor & Tie Records
By Evan Tuchinsky
This article was published on 01.19.17.
On its third album, Who You Selling For, NYC’s The Pretty Reckless combines a great Americana LP with a decent heavy rock EP, making the jarring choice to pivot back and forth a few times between approaches. On the openers (“The Walls Are Closing In/Hangman” and “Oh My God”), the quartet sounds like a Soundgarden-Evanescence combo—fine if you like that. Then, “Take Me Down” kicks in; that song, the first single, is a bluesy rocker on which singer Taylor Momsen really hits her groove. The next seven songs mesh à la Joan Osborne’s Relish, sliding through the backcountry and bayous with such authenticity that the guest guitar licks of Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule) sound right at home. The final four tracks bounce around sonically, but that’s OK: Here, parts exceed the whole.