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The 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: 5/24/2011
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227977054
  • Catalog Number: 6083
  • Sales rank: 18,844

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Precious (3:35)
  2. 2 The Phone Call (2:28)
  3. 3 Up the Neck (4:26)
  4. 4 Tattooed Love Boys (2:59)
  5. 5 Space Invader (3:26)
  6. 6 The Wait (3:35)
  7. 7 Stop Your Sobbing (2:39)
  8. 8 Kid (3:06)
  9. 9 Private Life (6:24)
  10. 10 Brass in Pocket (3:05)
  11. 11 Lovers of Today (5:50)
  12. 12 Mystery Achievement (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pretenders Primary Artist
Martin Chambers Drums, Vocals
Pete Farndon Bass, Vocals
James Honeyman-Scott Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Chrissie Hynde Guitar, Vocals
Chris Thomas Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ray Davies Composer
Pete Farndon Composer
James Honeyman-Scott Composer
Chrissie Hynde Composer
Nick Lowe Producer
Steve Nye Engineer
Chris Thomas Producer
Chalkie Davies Cover Photo
Bill Price Engineer
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