Pretenders

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude. Although Chrissie Hynde establishes herself as a forceful and distinctively feminine songwriter, the record isn't a singer/songwriter's tour de force -- it's a rock & roll album, powered by a unique and aggressive band. Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott never plays conventional riffs or leads, and his phased, treated guitar gives new dimension to the pounding rhythms of "Precious," "Tattooed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders' eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude. Although Chrissie Hynde establishes herself as a forceful and distinctively feminine songwriter, the record isn't a singer/songwriter's tour de force -- it's a rock & roll album, powered by a unique and aggressive band. Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott never plays conventional riffs or leads, and his phased, treated guitar gives new dimension to the pounding rhythms of "Precious," "Tattooed Love Boys," "Up the Neck," and "The Wait," as well as the more measured pop of "Kid," "Brass in Pocket," and "Mystery Achievement." He provides the perfect backing for Hynde and her tough, sexy swagger. Hynde doesn't fit into any conventional female rock stereotype, and neither do her songs, alternately displaying a steely exterior or a disarming emotional vulnerability. It's a deep, rewarding record, whose primary virtue is its sheer energy. Pretenders moves faster and harder than most rock records, delivering an endless series of melodies, hooks, and infectious rhythms in its 12 songs. Few albums, let alone debuts, are ever this astonishingly addictive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • UPC: 075992743020
  • Catalog Number: 927430
  • Sales rank: 39,685

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Precious (3:37)
  2. 2 The Phone Call (2:29)
  3. 3 Up the Neck (4:27)
  4. 4 Tattooed Love Boys (2:59)
  5. 5 Space Invader (3:26)
  6. 6 The Wait (3:37)
  7. 7 Stop Your Sobbing (2:47)
  8. 8 Kid (3:08)
  9. 9 Private Life (6:26)
  10. 10 Brass in Pocket (3:08)
  11. 11 Lovers of Today (5:53)
  12. 12 Mystery Achievement (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pretenders Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Track Performer
Henry Lowther Trumpet
Geoff Bryant Horn
Martin Chambers Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Pete Farndon Bass, Vocals, Group Member
James Honeyman-Scott Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Chrissie Hynde Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Chris Mercer Saxophone
Chris Thomas Keyboards
Jim Wilson Trumpet
Chris E. Thomas Keyboards
Technical Credits
Chris Thomas Producer
Pete Farndon Composer
James Honeyman-Scott Composer
Chrissie Hynde Composer
Nick Lowe Producer
Steve Nye Engineer
Bill Price Engineer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Chris Thomas Producer
Bob Wynne Repackaging
Chalkie Davies Cover Photo
Steve Hoffman Mastering
Kevin Hughes Cover Design
Chris E. Thomas Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pretender is a contender

    the pretenders self titled album is what rock and roll is all about.chrissie hynde is a charasmatic front woman.get this album and rock on!!

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    Posted February 9, 2009

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