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Album Review: Pretty Vicious-‘Beauty of Youth’

By Lloyd Wakeling, Rock At Night Manchester

Album Review: Pretty Vicious Beauty of Youth

“Heavy, Loud And Painted In Youthful Arrogance”

Picture this; a middle aged, height compromised man, fist pumping the air with a gusto unheard of since his youth and you would be close to the reaction in my head when I listened to Pretty Vicious and their new album ‘Beauty of Youth’. A ‘newtown’ version of the ‘big city’ boys in the vein of bands like ‘Foo Fighters’, the album speeds along like a train making frequent stops and delivers a ride of simple, angry and testosterone fueled rock, unblemished, uncompromising and pretty much made for the weekend party that partners head banging with beer!

It’s always difficult to bring new things to a well worn rock genre, but sometimes it really doesn’t matter when young men just grab guitars and drums and play. It doesn’t always have to be serious or filled with an arty purpose, it just needs to be heavy, loud and painted in a youthful arrogance all of its own. Maybe not an album that screams “memorable”, Pretty Vicious still play their part as the troubled youth on the street corner, cigarette in hand, leather jacket around the shoulders wearing that sneer that we all wish we still had.

Rock and Roll, long may it breathe.

Tracklisting:

1. These Four Walls

2. Move

3. Something Worthwhile

4. Someone Just Like You

5. No One Understands

6. Force of Nature

7. Lost in Lust

8. What Could’ve Been

9. Playing with Guns

10. I Don’t Wanna Know

11. Are You Entertained?

12. Little Molly

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Lloyd Wakeling

The product of a there, where, everywhere lifestyle that all service families live through combined with being born into the 60's mishmash of politics, love and an anything goes era, is it any wonder I have an eclectic and varied love of all things music. Discovering the Beatles in Malaysia, Elvis and Fred Astaire in Torquay, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin at boarding school in Cornwall, Creedance in Saudi, taught me many things, but mainly the importance of the saying, 'each to their own'; nothing artistic can be crap...it is just different and after being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 38 a lot about my life and outlook became much clearer to me, being a chef is what I do to earn money, being a much sold, self-obsessed artist tortures my dreams, but in all of it, music has remained my companion and as a friendly, happy companion with all of life’s memories entwined within their lyrics and melodies, things could definitely be worse…
Lloyd Wakeling
About Lloyd Wakeling (12 Articles)
The product of a there, where, everywhere lifestyle that all service families live through combined with being born into the 60's mishmash of politics, love and an anything goes era, is it any wonder I have an eclectic and varied love of all things music. Discovering the Beatles in Malaysia, Elvis and Fred Astaire in Torquay, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin at boarding school in Cornwall, Creedance in Saudi, taught me many things, but mainly the importance of the saying, 'each to their own'; nothing artistic can be crap...it is just different and after being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 38 a lot about my life and outlook became much clearer to me, being a chef is what I do to earn money, being a much sold, self-obsessed artist tortures my dreams, but in all of it, music has remained my companion and as a friendly, happy companion with all of life’s memories entwined within their lyrics and melodies, things could definitely be worse…

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