The Pretty Reckless - Death By Rock And Roll 2LP (180g)

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The Pretty Reckless' new album Death By Rock And Roll is easily their most ambitious release yet. It was written through the heartbreaking losses of Chris Cornell, who was one of frontwoman Taylor Momsen's musical muses, and longtime collaborator Kato Khandwala. The titular single became their fifth No. 1 at Active Rock Radio, a first for a female-fronted group.

The Pretty Reckless
 joined forces with Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil for "Only Love Can Save Me Now." Tracked at the legendary London Bridge Studio in Seattle, it marked the first time Matt and Kim recorded at the space since Soundgarden's Louder Than Love. Nearing the six-minute mark, it trudges through detuned bliss and an off kilter time signature before Kim conjures a slippery psychedelic solo as Taylor admits, "I want to be saved from the sound," over Matt's percussive wizardry.

Elsewhere, Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello lends his axe to the rambunctious and raucous "And So It Went." Then, there's "25" where Taylor's gravelly timbre quakes above an ominous funereal march and echoes of strings. Meanwhile, "Got So High" bleeds into a heavenly stoned refrain as an acoustic guitar rings out. After the nostalgic "Rock and Roll Heaven," the record sails off to Valhalla on "Harley Darling" ushered along by harmonica, the sound of an engine revving and a devilish dedication.

"After years of putting our blood sweat and tears into the recording I'm so excited for you all to hear it," says Momsen. "The next era has begun." Double vinyl LP with special etching on Side D.