Released: 2006, Frontiers Records/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Pretty Maids is about to follow up their 2002’s PLANET PANIC as well as their 20-year live celebration CD. A new drummer, Allan Tschicaja (ex–Royal Hunt), has joined the band and a new deal was signed with a new label. Pretty Maids is a band that have never followed the trends and kept their guitar-based melodic hard rock style consistent throughout the years. The only minor change the band has experienced is the development of a “darker” musical approach with less use of keyboards. They still write about the same subject – love – like they have always done. This album continues where PLANET PANIC left off. It delivers the same well-played ass-kicking melodic hard rock that defines Pretty Maids. Lead singer Ronnie Atkins still has the same unique voice that has become a cornerstone within this genre, and there is no sign of fatigue in his voice at all.
WAKE UP TO THE REAL WORLD has everything needed to be a successful album, and I can’t find anything negative about which to remark. All of the songs are high quality and as always the band has also done a cover song. This time it’s the Deep Purple song “Perfect Stranger”. The album opens strongly with the title track, which is a catchy heavy melodic hard rock song.
“All in the Name of Love”, “I Am the End”, and “Terminal Violence” are all well-played heavier melodic hard rock tracks with the main focus on lead vocals and lead guitars. In “Why Die for a Lie” and “Brave Young Breed” the tempo increases, and the songs prove to be more intense than the previous ones. “As Guilty as You”, “Where Beauty Lies”, and “Another Shot of Your Love” are love ballads, for which I think Pretty Maids are mostly known. “Such A Rush” is a song with the patented Pretty Maids sound. The cover “Perfect Strangers” is brilliantly done and sounds pretty close to the original. Instead of Hammond organ they have used guitars, and it’s a great way to pay tribute to one of their musical heroes. All of the 11 songs are equally strong, and I have nothing bad to say about WAKE UP TO THE REAL WORLD. It’s just as strong as the band’s two previous albums and I definitely recommend this album. Pretty Maids is once again ready to face the crowd and rock the world the same way they have always done.