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Pretty Maids: Motherland
Pretty Maids Motherland Album Review

Pretty Maids: Motherland

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.5/5.0

If their recent history and recordings are any measure, after 30 years, Denmark's Pretty Maids are in full stride. Motherland, their thirteenth album, is another fine album. Once more the Maids offer a strong mix of melodic hard rock and metal.

Pretty Maids Band Photo

Pretty Maids:: all in a row, sort of.

More importantly, they make it sound so darn good. Between the melodies and harmonies, hooks in arrangements and lyrics, and good playing, these songs are simply engaging and infectious. Songs like the recently released single Mother of All Lies, To Fool a Nation, Why So Serious? and Who What Where When Why, for instance, are downright arena rocking catchy. These songs, as well Hooligan and Motherland, two of the heaviest songs here, are also typical of Pretty Maids's effortless ability to merge hard rock with heavy metal.

In between, Pretty Maids tosses in what can be described as AOR styled melodic hard rock ballads or anthems. There's Infinity, Wasted, Sad to See You Suffer, and Bullet for You, all of which are radio-ready material, especially that last tune. Bullet for You is the kind of song they would have made one the first videos of the album for MTV back in the day.

Perhaps not as 'metal' as their previous release, but Pretty Maids' Motherland is a very strong album, a good blend of melodic hard rock and metal. Easily recommended.


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In Short

Perhaps not as 'metal' as their previous release, but Pretty Maids' Motherland is a very strong album, a good blend of melodic hard rock and metal. Easily recommended.

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