Taylor Momsen and crew have delivered another album of dark beauty, at turns hard and soft, at turns full of fire and full of loss, longing, and lament. Death by Rock and Roll is the long-awaited followup to 2016’s excellent and gritty Who You Selling For. Death by Rock and Roll is a more polished, less raw album than Who, less energetic, but certainly not lacking its own emotional rollercoaster.
I had the privilege of being part of an online album release party, complete with Q&A with Taylor herself, who is wise and mature beyond her years. We got to listen to her talk about her classic rock influences (The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, among others), and her year in relative solitude, all of which is reflected in some way on the new album, which features cameos by Tom Morello, Matt Cameron, and Kim Thayil. The album cover, she said, is quite symbolic, shot on a real gravesite, with her fetal pose surrounded by death while looking towards the light and away from the darkness.
Over the past few years I’ve become quite a TPR fan, and hope to see more join the ranks as this talented bunch spearheaded by this gifted powerhouse singer/songwriter deserves all the attention in the world. Check out Death by Rock and Roll today.
Standout tracks: Death by Rock and Roll, 25, And So it Went, Witches Burn