10 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After losing guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon to drug-related deaths, a sobered Pretenders returned to the spotlight with Learning to Crawl. Chrissie Hynde turned her distinctive contralto to sentimental songs, both romantic and reflective, that retained her trademark, clear-eyed bravado. Poignant singles like the shimmering love song "Show Me" and the rueful "Back on the Chain Gang" meshed perfectly with attitude-driven rockers "Middle of the Road" and "My City Was Gone."

EDITORS’ NOTES

After losing guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon to drug-related deaths, a sobered Pretenders returned to the spotlight with Learning to Crawl. Chrissie Hynde turned her distinctive contralto to sentimental songs, both romantic and reflective, that retained her trademark, clear-eyed bravado. Poignant singles like the shimmering love song "Show Me" and the rueful "Back on the Chain Gang" meshed perfectly with attitude-driven rockers "Middle of the Road" and "My City Was Gone."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
RobinKnows ,

Learning to Crawl

The Pretenders are better than crawling and more like running. This is a masterpiece and a must have for any real music lover. Chrissie Hynde is one of the greatest rockers in history. Great workout tunes too!

antodav ,

Irony

Rather ironic that "My City is Gone," which this review claims is about "Reagan-era economic devastation," is now Rush Limbaugh's theme song. Perhaps the reviewer meant Carter-era economic devastation? We may never know....

Stef in DC ,

Simply one of the best!

"Timeless" can be a cliche, but it truly fits this album. There are no weak tracks--driving or mellow, reflective or angry, their sound is powerful and Chrissy Hynde's voice is awesome. Almost 25 years later it still rocks!

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