Fidelity!

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Through thick and thin, Chrissie Hynde never once stepped outside of the Pretenders, which makes her union with JP & the Fairground Boys significant. Teaming with twentysomething Welsh singer/songwrter JP Jones -- rumor has it the relationship was more than professional, a whisper supported by Hynde singing "I've found the perfect lover but he's half my age" on the album opener -- and his band of shaggy Libertines disciples, Hynde loosens herself up considerably. Over years of touring, the Pretenders wound up as a precision-tuned machine, so it's a welcome change to hear Hynde with a band lacking such finely honed chops. Still, it's a mistake to think of JP,...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Through thick and thin, Chrissie Hynde never once stepped outside of the Pretenders, which makes her union with JP & the Fairground Boys significant. Teaming with twentysomething Welsh singer/songwrter JP Jones -- rumor has it the relationship was more than professional, a whisper supported by Hynde singing "I've found the perfect lover but he's half my age" on the album opener -- and his band of shaggy Libertines disciples, Hynde loosens herself up considerably. Over years of touring, the Pretenders wound up as a precision-tuned machine, so it's a welcome change to hear Hynde with a band lacking such finely honed chops. Still, it's a mistake to think of JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys' Fidelity! as a Hynde solo album in disguise. This is very much a collaboration, with nearly every song song co-written and sung as a duet between JP and Chrissie, the one exception being the Jones spotlight "Leave Me If You Must," whose very existence suggests that the whole project is a way to showcase JP, not Chrissie. To that extent, Fidelity! is effective, suggesting that Jones has an appeal somewhere between Glen Hansard and Jeff Tweedy, an impeccably messily manicured roots troubadour who works hard to make everything look easy. He's ingratiating, but his charm is strengthened by Hynde's reaction to him; she's clearly infatuated -- on a professional level, to be sure, but quite possibly more -- and her joy at playing with Jones and the Fairground Boys infects the entire record, lending it a ramshackle warmth that's been missing from her music for a while now.
Rolling Stone - Will Hermes
1/2 Hynde is a force of nature with a voice that's still sexily badass at 59. It helps that she is a versatile singer who can sound as ancient as Leonard Cohen after a pack of Gauloises.
New York Daily News - Jim Farber
[Fidelity!] burns with such passion, humor, and old-fashioned melody-making it doesn't even need its amazing back story to woo you. J.P. turns out to be a major find, blessed with a gravely voice that links to the long history of great U.K./Scottish rock-soul singers, from Joe Cocker through Paolo Nutini. His rough hewn vocals make the perfect foil for Hynde's echoing lilts. In the rousing single, "If You Let Me," they sing to each other as equal combatants in a war of wills.

[Fidelity!] burns with such passion, humor, and old-fashioned melody-making it doesn't even need its amazing back story to woo you. J.P. turns out to be a major find, blessed with a gravely voice that links to the long history of great U.K./Scottish rock-soul singers, from Joe Cocker through Paolo Nutini. His rough hewn vocals make the perfect foil for Hynde's echoing lilts. In the rousing single, "If You Let Me," they sing to each other as equal combatants in a war of wills.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: Rocket Science
  • UPC: 811481012228
  • Catalog Number: 22

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Perfect Lover (4:14)
  2. 2 If You Let Me (3:54)
  3. 3 Fairground Luck (3:21)
  4. 4 Australia (4:42)
  5. 5 Misty Valleys (3:53)
  6. 6 Courage (4:47)
  7. 7 Leave Me If You Must (3:20)
  8. 8 Meanwhile (4:35)
  9. 9 Your Fairground (4:08)
  10. 10 Never Drink Again (3:18)
  11. 11 Fidelity! (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys Primary Artist
Chrissie Hynde Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
Geoff Holroyde Drums
Vezio Bacci Bass
Sam Swallow Piano, Keyboards
Patrick Murdoch Guitar
JP Jones Bass, Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
Technical Credits
Chrissie Hynde Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Brian Porizek Art Direction
Julie Gardener Engineer
Rick Morris Engineer
Joseph Chiaramonte Back Cover Photo
JP Jones Composer
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