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Last of the Independents

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Album Review

Chrissie Hynde rebounds from the directionless Packed! with Last of the Independents, a tough album that proves she can mature without losing her edge. Most of the record crackles with the lean power of Learning to Crawl, occasionally stopping for a lushly produced number recalling Get Close. Although the record goes on a little too long and there are a couple of weak songs, particularly the anthemic "I'm a Mother," Last of the Independents re-establishes Hynde as a powerful and insightful rocker.

Customer Reviews

Balanced, Not Tough

This is the tour when I saw & I watched a lean, sober, stripped down performance from a band who has been through the pop grinder & miraculously managed to stay with their own vision of things. If you want about being - not a rock star - but a musician - get the album. But there are so many interesting takes on sober sexuality ~ check out "Night In My Veins" (something spiritual and very sexual rules this album... it's amazing. For pure and solid riff, etc... something to use on the Catwalk, my personal choice is always "Hollywood Perfume."

Rock On In Retro!

Chrissie Hynde dedicated Vegan and leader of The Pretenders is the gold standard in the rock world.
Her rubber band-like vibrating contralto singing voice is one of a kind..
She takes no prisoners with "Last Of The Independents" undoubtably one of their best albums released to date.
Don't be fooled by the year it was launched thinking it will sound dated-it will still rock you from it's first song to it's last!
Her comin' at you rock n' roll attitude is wrapped up in Money Talk with it's tough girl lyrics and Night In My Veins (you can almost smell the midnight air!) but she also sings songs of love penned in passion...
I'll Stand By You was the big hit but it's the other songs that showcase the brilliant rockstar she is...

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I'll Stand By You- Great!

I'll Stand By You is an amzing song. It's calm and it's so sweet. I watched Idol Gives Back and Carrie Underwood's rendition is fantastic as well. This song is amazing, this album is amazing, and The Pretenders are amazing!

Biography

Formed: 1978 in London, Engalnd

Genre: Rock

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

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...
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