The Pretenders review by The Pretenders

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  • Released: Jan 19, 1980
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (2 votes)
The Pretenders: The Pretenders

Sound — 10
The Pretenders are definetly not pretending to be good, they are good. Or even act as some "hard-core fake" who puts up a front to act like they're so bad. No, the Pretenders are one of the bands who are respected and highly praised. Lead singer/guitarist Chrissie Hynde, member of the Rock n' Roll hall of fame gives the band that extra oomph that makes the package complete. Their style can be compared to a sort of punk n' rock. Some Pretenders songs get a blues vibe and Hynde's voice fits the slot just as well. The CD's extensive story entails revenge, desire, and on one of the songs ("Kid"), is about a son who finds out his mother is a prostitute.

Lyrics — 10
You can tell that the lyrics are well-thought and wasn't some crap that's been scrummaged together, or as I call "amateur rookie lyrics." It's touching and you can automatically take different meanings out of it, the true test of great lyrics. It should be no question that Chrissie Hynde is up there with the female vocalists because her style of singing is hard to explain. Rather, free-style or carefree. But then it can have an edgy, snarling side to it, also.

Overall Impression — 8
Chrissie has said that her influences where bands from the likes of Velvet Underground, The Stooges (Iggy Pop), both heralding from the side of punk rock. So in this respect, she and the band have some similarities. The songs that appear as singles during the time it was released was "Brass In Pocket". This song made The Pretenders famous and was easily remembered as Hynde as a waitress and her band members in a diner in the music video on MTV. Suprisingly Hynde says that she is not too fond of the song and is the least favorite of her Pretenders list. But it's still a great tune to listen to. More favorites of mine are: "Precious", "Tattooed Love Boys", her vocals on "Stop Your Sobbing", "Kid", and "Private Life". Yes I will buy it again if I lost it; I have the album on LP and an import from Germany CD.

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