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Light Me Up

For the Herbie Hancock album, see Lite Me Up.
Light Me Up
The Pretty Reckless
Released August 27, 2010 (2010-08-27)
Recorded August 2009–April 2010
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Length 34:06
Label Interscope
Producer Kato Khandwala, David Sonenberg (exec.), William Derella (exec.)
The Pretty Reckless chronology

The Pretty Reckless
Light Me Up
Hit Me Like a Man
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
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Artist Direct 4.5/5 stars[2]
BLARE Magazine 4/5 stars[3]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[4]
IGN (7.5/10)[5]
Kerrang (60/100)[6]
Music News 3/5 stars[7]
The New York Times 80/100[8]
Sputnik Music 3/5 stars[9]
Virgin Media 3/5 stars[10]

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


The record process started in 2008, after Taylor Momsen met the producer Kato Khandwala and his partner and 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 U.K., where it was released months before the American release. The warmer English reception spanned the singles "Miss Nothing" and "Just Tonight", which were not released anywhere else.

Critical reception

The album received a metascore of 74 out of 100 indicating "generally favorable reviews" based on 5 critics. Blare Magazine's reviewer, Leah Beresford, gave it four of five stars and said, "Lyrically, Light Me Up seems to capture the highs and lows of one’s existence, as well as everything in between like being courageous and empowering and expressing pain".[3] The website Review Rinse Repeat heavily criticized the lyrics, but praised Momsen's vocals.[11]


"Make Me Wanna Die" was released on March 30, 2010 in the USA 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. It was confirmed on Radio 1 future releases.[12] The Music Video was released on VEVO on November 2.

The music video for "You" premiered on VEVO on February 16, 2012, however it did not become a single.

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

Track listing

  • All songs written by Taylor Momsen, Kato Khandwala and Ben Phillips.
  • All songs were produced, mixed and engineered by 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


Charts (2010) Peak
Australian Albums Chart
Canadian Albums Chart
Deutsche Alternative Charts
Irish Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
UK Rock Chart
US Billboard 200
US Billboard Top Rock Albums

Release history

List of release dates, showing country, record label, and catalog number
Region Date Label Catalog
Ireland[15] August 27, 2010 Universal Music Group
United Kingdom[17] August 30, 2010 Polydor Records
Germany[18] August 31, 2010 Universal Music Group B003XU75QG
France[19] December 6, 2010 B003XU75QG
United States (Digital)[20] February 8, 2011
Canada February 8, 2011
Japan[14] March 2, 2011 B004HHARS2
United States (Physical)[21] April 12, 2011 Interscope
Brazil [22] May 15, 2012 Universal Music


External links

  • The Pretty Reckless official website
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