The Pretty Reckless have taken to their YouTube channel to share an acoustic version of their hit song Only Love Can Save Me Now, which featured on their album Death by Rock and Roll.
The original version of the song is a riff-heavy headbanger, featuring Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, both of whom also make appearances in the electric, angsty music video. Where the dark lyrics seem impassioned in the original, they somehow come across as wistful and full of yearning in an unplugged format. The lack of instrumentation also gives space for lead singer Taylor Momsen’s vocals to shine through in all their husky goodness.
Speaking on the acoustic track, Taylor explains, “It’s always tricky to do an acoustic version of songs that rely heavily on guitar riffs. With ‘Only Love Can Save Me Now,’ we were pleasantly surprised by how it translated. Someday, I’d like to make a whole acoustic record of our songs.”
The Pretty Reckless first formed in 2008 in New York City. Since then, they have attained several significant feats, including being the first female-fronted act to have six number one singles on the Billboard Rock Radio Chart. Their second album, Going to Hell, produced three number one hits — Fucked Up World, Follow Me Down and the platinum-certified Heaven Knows. This accomplishment was particularly notable, as it hadn’t been achieved by a female-fronted band since The Pretenders in 1984. Their latest album was released earlier this year via Century Media Records, and entered the UK Official Albums Chart at number 6.
Only Love Can Save Me Now (Acoustic) is now available to stream on all platforms.