Last week American female-fronted rock band The Pretty Reckless released a new single “Take Me Down” from their forthcoming third studio album, tipped for release later this year. Scroll down to the bottom to hear “Take Me Down” for yourself!
Both the artwork and the lyrics are in a similar vein to the heaven / hell vibe of band’s previous work which included tracks such as “Follow Me Down”, “Going To Hell” and “Heaven Knows”. However, “Take Me Down” has a slightly more bluesy feel to it than their previous releases, to the point where the intro sounds rather similar to “Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones. “Take Me Down” could easily fit onto either of the band’s previous two studio albums, so I am interested to see what direction they have taken for the new album.
I first discovered The Pretty Reckless back in 2009 and was instantly impressed with the low, raspy voice that was coming out of the sixteen-year-old “Gossip Girl” star and the style of music she had chosen to create – this was more than just another “actress-turned-singer”. Momsen always insists that music was her first love and acting was just something she did to pay the bills, and this is touched on again in “Take Me Down” where she sings “I gave my life to rock and roll”.
The band released their first studio album Light Me Up in August 2010, and I saw them live for the first time at Shepherds Bush Empire in December of the same year where they put on a great rock show. In 2014 they released their second studio album Going To Hell which was reviewed by Ross.
In summary, “Take Me Down” sounds a lot like previous releases by The Pretty Reckless, but with a slightly more grown-up feel. Their third studio album is eagerly anticipated.