Pretty Please is proof that grunge is alive, if not exactly well. Verbena's use of shaky, distorted guitars and gravelly vocals results in a cliché-ridden package of angst that's already been played out by the early-'90s wave of Seattle bands. With production help from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Verbena is attempting to ride out a trend that vanished four years prior to this release. Unfortunately, Pretty Please falls flat into the category of bland, second-rate metal.
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