The Isle of View

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
An "unplugged" set without the MTV brand name, The Isle of View say it fast a couple of times to catch the pun presents songs by the Pretenders that already were the softest ones in their repertoire but here played on acoustic guitars and backed by the Duke String Quartet. Lead singer Chrissie Hynde's lyrics are slightly more discernible, and some of the songs are lovely. But they were to begin with, and Hynde and company have not really reimagined them for the acoustic format. Rather than deliberately picking ballads, Hynde might have tried rearranging some of her rockers to more interesting effect. Still, what's here is always ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
An "unplugged" set without the MTV brand name, The Isle of View say it fast a couple of times to catch the pun presents songs by the Pretenders that already were the softest ones in their repertoire but here played on acoustic guitars and backed by the Duke String Quartet. Lead singer Chrissie Hynde's lyrics are slightly more discernible, and some of the songs are lovely. But they were to begin with, and Hynde and company have not really reimagined them for the acoustic format. Rather than deliberately picking ballads, Hynde might have tried rearranging some of her rockers to more interesting effect. Still, what's here is always pleasant and sometimes moving.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227988708
  • Catalog Number: 46085
  • Sales rank: 54,952

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sense of Purpose (3:50)
  2. 2 Chill Factor (4:01)
  3. 3 Private Life (4:42)
  4. 4 Back on the Chain Gang (4:17)
  5. 5 Kid (3:56)
  6. 6 I Hurt You (4:29)
  7. 7 Criminal (4:18)
  8. 8 Brass in Pocket (3:23)
  9. 9 2000 Miles (3:32)
  10. 10 Hymn to Her (3:52)
  11. 11 Lovers of Today (5:19)
  12. 12 The Phone Call (2:55)
  13. 13 I Go to Sleep (2:57)
  14. 14 Revolution (6:28)
  15. 15 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pretenders Primary Artist
Damon Albarn Piano
Martin Chambers Drums, Vocals
Louise Fuller Violin
Andy Hobson Bass Guitar
Chrissie Hynde Guitar, Vocals
Ivan McCready Cello
John Metcalfe Viola
Adam Seymour Guitar, Harmonium, Vocals
Duke Quartet Strings
Rick Koster Violin
Technical Credits
Stephen Street Producer
Meg Keene Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    beautiful,evocative vocals

    This CD is chock full of beautiful, crisp vocals from Chrissie Hynde with orchestral backgrounds. Some folks complained about the fact that this CD doesn't "rock", but that's not the point (and no matter how Chrissie Hynde sings Brass in Pocket, it rocks). These songs are presented like a meditation on these themes and Chrissie Hynde puts herself into them 100%. You won't regret sharing the time with her and the musicians that support her effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great performance by an incredible legend

    I LOVE THIS ALBUM! Now for hardcore Pretenders fans, you may not like it being its acoustic with strings and all, but this album gives you a chance to become more intimate with their songs. The lyrics really have a chance to shine through-I really like "I Hurt You" and "I Go to Sleep". A definite must-have.

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    Posted December 26, 2008

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