|1. Middle Of The Road|
|2. Back On The Chain Gang|
|3. Time The Avenger|
|4. Watching The Clothes|
|5. Show Me|
|7. My City Was Gone|
|8. Thin Line Between Love And Hate|
|9. I Hurt You|
|10. 2000 Miles|
|11. Fast Or Slow [The Law's The Law]|
|13. I Hurt You|
|14. When I Change My Life|
|15. Ramblin' Rob|
|16. My City Was Gone|
"Middle of the Road" and "Back on the Chain Gang" were big hits, but there are other wonderful gems on this. Robbie McIntosh on guitar is possessed: his "outside" playing on "Watching the Clothes" is positively stunning. And his relaxed melody on "Thumbelina" is chilling, while his finger-picking on "Middle of the Road" just about makes me cry.
There are no throw-aways on this CD. "I Hurt You" is a true-to-life song of vengeful feelings run amok, while "2000 Miles" is a beautiful piece of how many of us "middle-aged" rockers deal with separation from time to time: it's part of the business life you know?
But, of course, "My City Was Gone" is an anthem to all of us oldesters who remember when they paved paradise and put up a parking lot. The simplicity of this song is its strength and what makes it timeless. This CD is pure genius. My only regret is that I never saw this particular phase of the Pretenders play live. I envy those of you who have.
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