Light Me Up

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Light Me Up
Studio album by The Pretty Reckless
Released August 27, 2010 (2010-08-27)
Recorded August 2009 – April 2010;
Genre Alternative rock,[1]
Length 34:06
Label Interscope
Producer Kato Khandwala
The Pretty Reckless chronology
The Pretty Reckless EP
(2010)
Light Me Up
(2010)
Hit Me Like a Man EP
(2012)
Japanese cover
Singles from Light Me Up
  1. "Make Me Wanna Die"
    Released: March 30, 2010 (2010-03-30)
  2. "Miss Nothing"
    Released: July 27, 2010 (2010-07-27)
  3. "Just Tonight"
    Released: December 23, 2010 (2010-12-23)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Artistdirect 4.5/5 stars[4]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B−[6]
IGN 7.5/10[7]
Kerrang! 3/5[8]
The New York Times positive[9]
Virgin Media 3/5 stars[10]

Light Me Up is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band The Pretty Reckless, released on August 27, 2010 by Interscope Records. The album received commercial success with the singles "Make Me Wanna Die", "Miss Nothing", and "Just Tonight".

Background[edit]

The record process started in 2008, after Taylor Momsen met producer Kato Khandwala and his partner, songwriter Ben Phillips. By the summer of 2009, they felt they had found an authentic sound. Two months before the album's release, the band released the self-titled EP containing four songs expected to appear in the future record. However, the song "Zombie" was not present in the initial track listing, later appearing on the North and South American release.

The album received much more success in the UK, where it was released months before the American release. The warmer British reception spanned the singles "Miss Nothing" and "Just Tonight", which were not released anywhere else.

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, Light Me Up received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 74, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on five reviews.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

Light Me Up debuted at number six on the UK Albums Chart, selling 11,916 copies in its first week.[11] On July 22, 2013, the album was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), denoting shipments in excess of 60,000 copies.[12] It also debuted at number 65 on the Billboard 200, selling 9,000 copies in its first week.

Singles[edit]

"Make Me Wanna Die" was released on March 30, 2010 in the US and on May 13, 2010 in the UK. A promotional video was released which features live performances and backstage footage of the band. This video is widely recognized as a viral version and was released on May 13, 2010. The official music video was postponed due to legal issues involving censorship, but premiered on September 15, 2010 on iTunes and VEVO.

"Miss Nothing" was released on August 23, 2010 only in the UK. The music video for "Miss Nothing" was released on July 20, 2010 on VEVO.

"Just Tonight" was released on December 27, 2010 only in the UK after being pushed back from November 9. The music video was released on VEVO on November 2.

The music video for "You" premiered on VEVO on February 16, 2012, although the song was not released as a single.

The music video for "My Medicine" premiered on March 9, 2012; the kick-off of the band's The Medicine Tour.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Taylor Momsen, Ben Phillips, and Kato Khandwala. 

No. Title Length
1. "My Medicine"   3:14
2. "Since You're Gone"   2:41
3. "Make Me Wanna Die"   3:55
4. "Light Me Up"   3:27
5. "Just Tonight"   2:48
6. "Miss Nothing"   3:13
7. "Goin' Down"   3:35
8. "Nothing Left to Lose"   4:11
9. "Factory Girl"   3:31
10. "You"   3:32

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Light Me Up.[17]

The Pretty Reckless
  • Taylor Momsen – vocals (all tracks); backing vocals ("My Medicine", "Just Tonight")
  • Ben Phillips – guitar (all tracks); backing vocals ("Make Me Wanna Die", "Zombie", "Goin' Down")
  • Jamie Perkins – drums (all except "Zombie" and "You"); percussion ("Zombie")
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010–11) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[18] 71
Belgian Heatseekers Albums Chart (Flanders)[19] 2
Belgian Heatseekers Albums Chart (Wallonia)[20] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[21] 57
French Albums Chart[22] 167
Irish Albums Chart[23] 18
Japanese Albums Chart[24] 48
Scottish Albums Chart[25] 7
UK Albums Chart[26] 6
UK Rock Albums Chart[27] 1
US Billboard 200[28] 65
US Alternative Albums[29] 10
US Top Rock Albums[30] 18

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Australia August 27, 2010 Interscope
[31][32]
France August 30, 2010 Digital download Universal
[33]
United Kingdom
  • CD
  • digital download
Polydor
[34][35]
Germany August 31, 2010 Universal
[36][37]
France December 6, 2010 CD
[38]
Canada February 8, 2011 Digital download
[39]
United States Interscope
[40]
Canada March 1, 2011 CD Universal
[16]
Japan March 2, 2011
  • CD
  • digital download
[14][41]
United States April 12, 2011 CD Interscope
[42]
France April 18, 2011 Digital download (re-release) Universal
[43]
Brazil May 15, 2012 CD
[44]

References[edit]

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