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  • 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: #328,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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By A Customer on June 26 2005
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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Format: Audio CD
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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By A Customer on Nov. 5 2003
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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The one thing about The Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde in particular is that they, and especially she, deliver the goods. This is a textbook case of how less is not just more, but masterful. This isn't a long CD. Maybe 40 minutes, but every single note counts and Hynde's lyrics spit and spark like the live wire she is. Loose Screw? I don't think so. Tight as all get out, this band locks in on its targets and devastates all and everything.
There is great stuff here throughout. The band adopts a dub undercurrent, yet there are jangling guitars, strings and power chords to rip through the soundscapes. Lyrically, Hynde assails broken relations, sexual passions, compromises, mistakes, regrets with an unblinking exitentialist eye that underscores what a bunch of snivelling whiners the wannabes like Aimee Mann and Ani DeFranco are.
And the last 2 cuts stand with the best of her work. "Saving Grace" is simply transcendent and comes from having lived life with no quarter asked or given. "Walk Like a Panther" is Hynde's retort to the knitwits in leotards who haven't the exisential stuff to walk in her shadow, inspite of their superior market strength. Clearly everyone from Madonna and JLo to Britney and Aguileira is in the crosshairs, and make no mistake about it, they haven't the right to grovel, paw and beg for the scraps from Hynde's table, breathe the same air she breathes, or claim in any respect that they are a women on the same plain as this mighty predator.
Hynde is a panther: graceful, dangerous, powerful, sleek, sexual, intuitive, formidable. No one to f with. She remains the single most important woman in rock music ever, and this is a lesson in how to get that power across and cut to the chase as well as to the heart.
Great Disc.
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