It seems to be fairly unanimous that this CD and the first Pretenders album are the must-haves. This is a nearly-perfect album, no bad songs, several truly great ones. Some reviews suggest the band was never as good after the loss of two founding members. I'm not sure that's true, though of course it was never exactly the same, and I was struck by how much of that original sound re-emerged with this album - especially the guitars I'd thought were all Honeyman-Scott. After the letdown of Pretenders II, this album was a musical treat from the opening drums on Middle of the Road, which starts things off with as much force as Precious does on the first album. There isn't a better Pretenders song. Back on the Chain Gang was brilliant and brave. Time the Avenger has a great guitar riff that is reminiscent of the old pop song, Time Won't Let Me, and the lyrics are absolutely scathing. I disagree with the spotlight review about Watching the Clothes being abysmal - it's good musically, describes a universal tedious lonely experience, and is part of a perfect first side that ends with the touching "Show Me" written for her then-new daughter. As was the first song on side two, Thumbelina, which boldly appropriates a Johnny-Cash-like country riff and mixes it with the Pretenders sound in an experiment that turns into a great song. My City Was Gone isn't a personal favorite, but seems to be loved by everyone else. Thin Line and I Hurt You are the two weakest songs to me, but even these are both well done, well-loved by others, and 2000 Miles is a beautiful song and perfect wistful ending. You can't go wrong with this album. If you want to try the Pretenders, this is the obvious CD to start with, and if you're already a fan then you already know it's an essential.