Die Old Stay Pretty

Midnight-to-six men, in sunglasses
Snapper Music
Midnight-to-six men, in sunglasses

Rage Before Beauty is further arousified by a trio of cover versions so irrational they're obsessively perfect: Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" (if you can't break the States, imagine 'em anyway), Tommy James's "Mony Mony" (with erotic vocal exchanges between May and Ronnie Spector), and the Stones' own "Play With Fire," with Jagger now cast as the mature "heiress" who "owns a block in St. John's Wood"— in contrast to these skint but virtual youngstuds in the Pretty Things, for whom "maybe next year" has been the watchword for 35 of the little buggers already. In Rage Before Beauty, the Pretty Things have erected their most toweringly imposing recording since the momentous '60s, when such tall trees routinely grew on trees. Let's hope their latest redwood doesn't topple into a vacant forest.

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