- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
- ASIN: B00007H04Q
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Lie To Me|
|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|
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.
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.Read more ›