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After an eight-year hiatus, The Pretenders return with this celebration of rock 'n' roll moxie produced by Dan Auerbach, Black Keys frontman and Chrissie Hynde’s fellow Akronite. Together they rekindle the sweet simplicities of girl-group pop (“I Hate Myself”), folk-rock (the languorous “Let’s Get Lost”), and garage punk (“Roadie Man,” drizzled with Farfisa). Old hearts become new on “Never Be Together” and “Holy Communion,” in which accelerating drumbeats incite lovelorn daydreams.

Customer Reviews

Distorted Pretending

I give this 4 stars for the songs. but this has to be the WORST production job I've heard in a while. You can barely msake out Chrissie's amazing voice above the tin can mastering of the instruments. Greats songd ruined by a crap mix job, so until this is fixed, I give it ONE star.


Who the heck mastered this? It sounds awful... not the content..the distortion of the excessive gain. Too much potetially good music is ruined in mastering today.

I agree the Pretenders sound is off

Aside from the distortion in the sound I love Chrissy's voice and the play in some of the songs.
Not what I expected but not terrible. Yea, sound good have been better produced..
a muffly thing happens throughout. What a shame...


Formed: 1978 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the years, the Pretenders became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrissie Hynde's songwriting, yet it was a full-fledged band when it was formed in the late '70s. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band, recording a series of hard, spiky singles that were also melodic and immediately accessible. Hynde was an invigorating, sexy singer who bent the traditional male roles of rock & roll to her own liking, while guitarist...
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