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Loose Screw

Pretenders Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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1. Lie To Me
2. Time
3. You Know Who Your Friends Are
4. Complex Person
5. Fools Must Die
6. Kinda Nice, I Like It
7. Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
8. I Should Of
9. Clean Up Woman
10. The Losing
11. Saving Grace
12. Walk Like A Panther

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Chrissie Hynde very rarely loses her cool, but on Loose Screw, the Pretenders' first studio album since 1999's Viva el Amour, she lets her anger and sense of betrayal rip, no doubt fueled by her recent break-up with her husband, Colombian sculptor Lucho Brieva. Hynde sinks her teeth into her material from the angular, anxious first cut, snarling her way through "Lie to Me," a play-by-play account of marital discord and emotional treachery. The CD is almost a song cycle centering around heartbreak, as Hynde moves on to self-recrimination ("Complex Person"), explicit pain ("I Should Of"), poetic sadness ("Nothing Breaks Like a Heart"), and revenge ("Fools Must Die"), showing more naked vulnerability than she has in her entire career. But before you get worried that this steely rock goddess is losing her edge, she emerges with teeth bared in a cover of Jarvis Cocker's sultry sexual challenge, "Walk Like a Panther." Seldom do you get to see an artist exorcise her pain in public with such poise and fearlessness. Pretender guitarist Adam Seymour cowrote most of the songs with Hynde, but that's not the only place where his talents lie. His subtle and understated guitar work is a perfect foil for Hynde. --Jaan Uhelszki

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4.0 out of 5 stars maximum strength chrissie June 26 2005
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Format:Audio CD
A monster powerful step in Hynde's ongoing return to form. While "Isle of View" showed confidence and innovation with mostly older material, "Loose Screw" is one of her strongest collections of original works. Yes, ever.
The overall approach still bristles with the muscular sexuality that has imbued all of the Pretenders' best work, regardless of changes in the band lineup. But here Hynde works in more and better reggae flavour than ever before, even adding some nuevo flamenco spice in the intro to "Cleanup Woman". Forget the world music references though, this album rocks from the git-go with "Lie to Me", a bracing dip into Hynde's pool of bad boyfriends. From that point on, "Loose Screw" never degenerates into the kind of lame-ass boring retreads that even the best of her (our) generation seem incapable of avoiding in middle age. I'm being cheap with the stars here, four ain't quite enough.
This record gives me new faith in the Pretenders, and new faith in rock. It also makes me want again to meet Chrissie Hynde, do her and let her hurt me.
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A lot of us have a soft spot in our hearts for Ms. Hynde. She came to the fore during the English Punk arrival during the late 1970's. While she had the attitude, she was a whole lot smarter and she made much better music than most during that "revenge against the dinosaurs" campaign. The Clash after all this time probably has only two or three songs people can remember. Chrissie could wipe their ass.
Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to have a lot going for her in the love department. Recently her marriage to a Colombian sculptor tanked. This CD is a chronicle of betrayal, anger, heartbreak, self-recrimination and finally hope. Easily half the songs here are simply wonderful. I have to take some points off because Ms. Hynde dips her toes in the reggae pond on at least five songs including the radio single "Complex Person". (I don't know why white English rock artists feel they are any good at reggae but they do. Nary a one of them is fit to tie the sandals on Bob Marley's feet.)
There isn't anything here equal to the majestic "Human" from VIVA EL AMOR; but to hear Chrissie swagger and growl on the sexy "Walk Like A Panther" is worth the price of this CD alone.
NOTE: Yes, I know Chrissie Hydne was born in Ohio. But she has lived in England for years. She just hasn't bothered to pick up a fake English accent like Madonna.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, this is great! March 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
this album is really good. it may not rock as hard as Pretenders two, but they cant help it that the guitarist musicians tragically died.
I love her lyrics. they are always amusing. like on Complex person- "I refuse to carry a gun in my purse, imagine if i was feeling perverse, the workers when they hollor and they shout, i'd like to give them somethin to shout at me about."
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yikes! Jan. 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
She REALLY loses it here. There is only one catchy song on this release, and that's, "You Know Who Your Friends Are" which finds Chrissie is one of her rare, humorous moods. I recommend The Pretenders' 1990's "Packed!" in leiu of this one--you won't be as sorry as you will be if you buy this embarrassing mess!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good middle-of-the-road Pretenders CD Nov. 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
OK, enough about the first few Pretenders albums. No, there will never be another "Pretenders" or "Learning to Crawl"; quit whinging about it and take things for what they are. Occasionally a (mildly) hard rocker gets a second wind in middle age, like Neil Young or Lou Reed 15 years ago, but as a rule rock and rollers peak in their youth. It's just the nature of the beast. It's a rare rock musician, whether it's a Bob Dylan or a Neil Young or a Tom Petty or a Chrissie Hynde, who can keep putting on good shows and creating new material in middle age, even if little of that new material is remotely as interesting as what they wrote in their youth. Those who can continually re-invent themselve to remain on the cutting edge for 20 years are pretty much non-existent.
So - I'm going to take this CD in the context of the post-Learning-To-Crawl Pretenders and say it's pretty good. I'll admit it took repeated listening to appreciate it - my first reaction was that there wasn't one decent song, and I put the CD away for a year. I pulled it out on a lark recently, listened again, and found I enjoyed it a lot. It doesn't seem as artificially crafted as "Viva El Amor", has interesting new material unlike "Isle of View", and only has one song that sounds like a hopeless attempt to recapture the early Pretenders sound unlike "Packed" or "Last of the Independents". Much like "Packed", it lacks that one great song, but there are no really bad songs. Several reviews here talk about this as a reggae album, but it's a pop album with a relatively cohesive sound that includes a few reggae-ish numbers. This is nothing new for the Pretenders, of course, going back to "Private Life" on their first album.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Chrissie lost her nerve...and her edge May 29 2003
By Jev
Format:Audio CD
Some rock stars grow old gracefully and continue to make essential music, and some just grow old. With Loose Screw, Chrissie Hynde is definitely in the latter camp. There isn't a single track here that has any Sense of Purpose. The rockers (all two of them) sputter along lifelessly, and are far below the Pretenders' standards. The rest of the disc is the most ineffective brand of pseudo-reggae mush this side of Jamaica. This is an inept, detached and disjointed piece of work. The musical vision is lacking. Another big part of the problem is because Hynde doesn't have anything interesting to say--well ok, she's "a very very complex person", like we didn't know--she loses herself in the process. Hynde has been coasting on the reputation of the first Pretenders for so long now, she has become a caricature. Pack it up Chrissie, you're not that precious anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hynde Dispatches Her Prey
The one thing about The Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde in particular is that they, and especially she, deliver the goods. Read more
Published on April 11 2003 by o dubhthaigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you with each listen....
I've been an on again/off again fan of The Pretenders
music since I first heard it, especially Chrissie Hynde's
vocals, always thought she was one of the best... Read more
Published on March 30 2003 by J. Bilby
5.0 out of 5 stars Chrissie Hynde: proof hat one indeed gets better w/ age!
I've been a Pretenders fan since 1980 and since then have marveled at Chrissie Hynde's ability to channel fury and hurt into one of two extremes. Read more
Published on March 19 2003 by "merleskaya"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Running Music
To compare Loose Screw to other Pretender albums or other artists is insane. Listen to the music, feel the music, jump, bike, relax, chill, run, etc. Don't analyze it. Read more
Published on March 13 2003 by SG Floyd
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst CD by the Pretenders
Not worth the money.... This CD is so bad I'd rather listen to someone scratch a chalkboard or the dentist drill my teeth.
Published on March 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Chrissie Hynde still mesmerizing as ever�
With over twenty years plus since the debut Pretenders album, Chrissie Hynde proves on "Loose Screw" that she still has the same drive and fire that made the original Pretender... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2003 by Michael Behuniak
5.0 out of 5 stars Chrissie Hynde still mesmerizing as ever�
With over twenty years plus since the debut Pretenders album, Chrissie Hynde proves on "Loose Screw" that she still has the same drive and fire that made the original Pretender... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2003 by Michael Behuniak
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