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Break Up the Concrete
     

Break Up the Concrete

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by Pretenders
 

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Break Up the Concrete is the first Pretenders album since 1990s Packed! where Chrissie Hynde wrote almost every song on the album on her own, but unlike the generally listless Packed!, Break Up the Concrete is an effective rebirth for Hynde, a reconnection to her roots undoubtedly effected by her return to her

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Break Up the Concrete is the first Pretenders album since 1990s Packed! where Chrissie Hynde wrote almost every song on the album on her own, but unlike the generally listless Packed!, Break Up the Concrete is an effective rebirth for Hynde, a reconnection to her roots undoubtedly effected by her return to her native Ohio. This may be a stripped-down record carrying echoes of the Pretenders past, but this is hardly a conscious re-creation of the group's first two records, as it lacks any of the stylish guitar colorings of James Honeyman-Scott, and the group's early hard rock swagger has been swapped out for a frenetic rockabilly bop, as infectious on the barrel-headed boogie "Don't Cut Your Hair" and Bo Diddley romp of the title track as it is on the ingenious Dylan send-up "Boots of Chinese Plastic." Hynde's revived rockabilly roll finds a comfortable pairing in the easy county-rock vibe of her ballads, of which there are far more of than there are rockers here. This emphasis on rockabilly and country-rock gives Break Up the Concrete a bit of an Americana feel -- something enhanced by the gently murmuring accordion on "You Didn't Have To," which otherwise is a cousin to the sighing pop of "Kid" -- but this doesn't necessarily feel like a departure for Hynde: it just feels like a lively, deeply felt Pretenders album, one that has better songs and better performances than usual.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Mikael Wood
On scrappy rockabilly jams like ''Boots of Chinese Plastic,'' Hynde cuts loose with an effortlessness it takes years to cultivate. [B]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Artist First
UPC:
0811771010118
catalogNumber:
101011
Rank:
52648

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Performance Credits

Pretenders   Primary Artist
Jim Keltner   Drums,Background Vocals
Chrissie Hynde   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Eric Heywood   Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
James Walbourne   Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Pretenders   Producer
Chrissie Hynde   Composer
Robert Kidney   Composer
Don Smith   Engineer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction
Lawrence Azerrad   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Martin Pradler   Engineer
Steve Bing   Executive Producer

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