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Prima Donna – Bless This Mess (Acetate)

Prima Donna Bless This Mess
17 February 2012

Good old-fashioned glam rock is alive and well – or at least its spirit is, as that’s what powers the delightfully decadent Prima Donna. To say the L.A. quintet’s third record Bless This Mess is a throwback isn’t entirely accurate – the band sounds like it could only have existed in the new millennium. That said, leader Kevin Preston and his merry men definitely flaunt a certain savoir faire, if you will, borrowed from the flamboyance of Great Britain in the early 70s. Not to mention big, fat hooks – the record is practically drowning in them. “Sociopath,” “Feral Children” and “Miss Avenue” indulge in some seriously catchy melodies with roof-raising style, while “Tryin’” and “Broken” take a more classic (but no less memorable) pop approach. “Puta, Te Amo” and “Crimson Lust” rock harder but with the same skull-burrowing tunefulness. Preston’s casual debauchery and cheeky sneer wear the glitter pop duds on display like they were custom-fitted to his throat. Packed with pop hooks and preening attitude, Bless This Mess is sinfully delicious.