The Pretender

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On The Pretender, Jackson Browne took a step back from the precipice so well defined on his first three albums, but doing so didn't seem to make him feel any better. Employing a real producer, Jon Landau, for the first time, Browne made what sounded like a real contemporary rock record, but this made his songs less effective; the ersatz Mexican arrangement of "Linda Paloma" and the bouncy second half of "Daddy's Tune," with its horn charts and guitar solo, undercut the lyrics. The man who had delved so deeply into life's abyss on his earlier albums was in search of escape this time around, whether by crying "Here Come Those Tears Again", sleeping "Sleep's Dark and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On The Pretender, Jackson Browne took a step back from the precipice so well defined on his first three albums, but doing so didn't seem to make him feel any better. Employing a real producer, Jon Landau, for the first time, Browne made what sounded like a real contemporary rock record, but this made his songs less effective; the ersatz Mexican arrangement of "Linda Paloma" and the bouncy second half of "Daddy's Tune," with its horn charts and guitar solo, undercut the lyrics. The man who had delved so deeply into life's abyss on his earlier albums was in search of escape this time around, whether by crying "Here Come Those Tears Again", sleeping "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate", or making peace with estranged love ones "The Only Child," "Daddy's Tune". None of it worked, however, and when Browne came to the final track -- traditionally the place on his albums where he summed up his current philosophical stance -- he delivered "The Pretender," a cynical, sarcastic treatise on moneygrubbing and the shallow life of the suburbs. Primarily inner-directed, the song's defeatist tone demands rejection, but it is also a quintessential statement of its time, the post-Watergate '70s; dire as that might be, you had to admire that kind of honesty, even as it made you wince.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596051323
  • Catalog Number: 107
  • Sales rank: 18,436

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jackson Browne Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Don Henley Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Albert Lee Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Lindley Fiddle, Guitar, Violin, Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Graham Nash Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Bonnie Raitt Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Chuck Rainey Bass
Lowell George Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
John Hall Guitar
Jim Gordon Organ, Drums
Roy Bittan Piano
Rosemary Butler Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
David Campbell Viola
Gary Coleman Percussion
David Crosby Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Luis Damian Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Quitman Dennis Horn
Craig Doerge Piano, Keyboards
Chuck Findley Horn
Arthur Gerst Harp, Background Vocals
Bob Glaub Bass
Roberto Gutierrez Guitar, Violin, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guitarron
John Haeny Recorder
Jim Horn Horn
Richard Hyde Horn
Russ Kunkel Drums
Jon Landau Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Bill Payne Organ, Piano, Keyboards
J.D. Souther Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Fred Tackett Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mike Utley Organ, Keyboards
Chuck Finley Horn
David Hyde Horn
Leland Sklar Bass
Technical Credits
Jackson Browne Producer
Gary Burden Art Direction
David Campbell Arranger, String Arrangements
Luis Damian Contributor
Arthur Gerst Arranger, Contributor
Bernie Grundman Mastering
John Haeny Engineer
Mark Hammerman Management
Jim Horn Arranger
Mark Howlett Engineer
Tom Kelley Cover Photo
Greg Ladanyi Engineer
Jon Landau Producer, Notes Editing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Heartbreaking

    The Pretender is a truly great song but the album is not quite as good as his previous three although it's certainly worth hearing. His writing is as powerful as ever but the revelations here verge on the edge of being uncomfortable. Listening to these lyrics gives one the impression of invading someone's psychologists' office.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    My favorite Jackson Browne album!

    Beautiful track and memorable songs; a great addition to anyone's collection. I still have the album also and it's still playable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    filling in the missing colors with paint-by-number dreams

    Probably one of the most thought provoking songs ever written and sung. I fell in love with 'the pretender' when I first heard it and I kept playing it over and over again. I don't know what else to write...except for... this song tries to teach us: all those things that we were taught all our lives to be important...may not have been that important after all.

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    Posted June 30, 2010

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