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Break Up The Concrete [Us Import] [Import]

The Pretenders Audio CD
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Over the years, the Pretenders became a vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Chrissie Hynde's songwriting, yet it was a full-fledged band when it was formed in the late '70s. With their initial records, the group crossed the bridge between punk/new wave and Top 40 pop more than any other band, recording a series of hard, spiky singles that were also melodic and immediately accessible. Hynde ... Read more in Amazon's The Pretenders Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Artist First
  • ASIN: B001CVCB94
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another quality album from Chrissie Hynde & Co 13 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
The line up may have changed again but Chrissie Hynde is in top form on the group's ninth LP.

Opening song 'Boots Of Chinese Plastic' provides a flying start for the next 10 tracks. A straight forward rocker with a great chorus.

There is no filler here. Each song is worthy of inclusion.

Hynde's words and unique voice still sound up to date.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders walk tall 9 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
Over 29 years the one constant in The Pretenders has been Chrissie Hynde. But who cares? As long as she continues to give us music of this quality every couple of years.

This time she went into the studio with the latest version of her band and laid down these 11 tracks in 12 days. Now, that's laying a gauntlet down.* When you do that you are leaving all your safety catches off. Either the material and performance stands up, or, down you fall.

Chrissie and her Pretenders can walk tall with this record.

This is an love letter - in eleven songs sized bites - to live in the studio recording, fender amps, and that wonderful instrument that is Chrissie Hynde's voice. I mean, it sounded great, confident and sexy in 1980. Today it has gained depth and richness without loosing those things.

Second song The Nothing Maker shows why The Pretenders are still as precious as ever. It's a typical Hynde defence of artistic integrity. It has passion, integrity, and of course the wry humour: if you keep your artistic integrity you get to be a `nothing maker' in the eyes of the world.

It's time to mention the superb musicianship here. Legendary drummer Jim Keltner took the stool for the album, however some of the most arresting work here is on the guitars. It all hangs together tight as they come.

There's a beautiful simplicity about much of `Break Up The Concrete'. If, like me, you wore out your copy of the first Pretenders Album and found that the least produced tracks - `Kid' and `Stop Your Sobbing' hit home the hardest - here is a whole album based on that approach and feel.

This version of the band can do raw power as well. Singe your ears on the slabs of dust bowl blues guitar on Rosalee.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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" Break Up The Concrete" continues the Pretenders's consistently brilliant musical and vocal excellence. Chrissie Hynde is arguably rock music's greatest female vocalist and frontmen/women. She always puts together an exemplary group of musicians to accompany her. "Break Up The Concrete" is a new style of music for Hynde and her vocal diversity resonates with grandeur on folk, country, rockabilly, ballads and rock tracks. As usual her vocals range from being forceful to majestically tender. There are environmental themes throughout the lyrics. "Boots Of Chinese Plastic" should be a rock/country hit. The emotional "One Thing Never Changed" is one of Hynde's most endearing and yearning songs ever. Two truly unforgetable gems are the reflective" The Nothing Maker" and the gorgeous and infectious "Love's A Mystery."Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders have never released a subpar or average CD. "Break Out the Concrete" is one of their best and belongs in a class with "Learning To Crawl" and "Last Of The Independents". Hynde is a renowned animal activist and vegetarian who intermittently finds the time to create music that is equally sublime and divine.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 25 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not bad but could have included more upbeat numbers. Nothing to compare with Brass in pocket.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Pretenders are For Real 7 Oct 2008
By Brandon J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I want to be clear: This is not a mind-blowing album. It doesn't reinvent rock and roll or even just The Pretenders. But it does confirm and remind us why we've loved Chrissie Hynde for all these years. Great singing, song-writing, and playing. It's not complicated, and it doesn't have to be.

Like the classic Pretenders albums of the early 80s, the production is lean, this time working in slide guitars and Bo Diddley shuffles, but maintaining the sound and feel of a live band. The songs speak for themselves, and Hynde's voice and signature hard-nosed attitude come across clearly. There aren't any songs here that match up with Brass in Pocket, Back on the Chain Gang, Middle of the Road, or The Pretenders' other classics, but the songs are smart and feel honest. The album is focused and real and plays to Hynde and co.'s strengths. And Chrissie's voice hasn't lost a bit of its range or power. She'll always be THE greatest woman in rock for my money.

My only complaint about The Pretenders is that I wish they (well, she, really) were more prolific. It'd be great not to have to wait so long for Hynde to give more of her singular talent to the world. So, in short, I think this a good, solid album, one that will appeal to longtime fans, even if it doesn't reach the peaks of past glories.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Why The Pretenders Are In The Rock Hall Of Fame 7 Oct 2008
By Brien Comerford - Published on Amazon.com
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"Break Up The Concrete" is a flawless and diverse CD that vindicates why Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Hame. Hynde has always been the heart and soul of this band and her wondrous and versatile vocals resonate with grandeur throughout a CD that includes rock, punk, country, folk and ballads. Her voice can be as forceful as an angry punk icon and as a tender as the most ethereal angel. "Boots Of Chinese Plastic" is a compelling and frenetic hit and the highly emotional and yearning "One Thing Never Changed" is one of the greatest songs in Pretenders' history only to be topped by the endearing and gorgeously sung "Love's A Mystery." When Chrissie Hynde was busy with her vegetarian eatery in Akron, Ohio she also managed to somehow even enhance her sound as the greatest front-woman in Rock and Roll.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pretenders still tight as ever, Chrissie Hynde's voice still amazing 9 Oct 2008
By Storylover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I knew I was going to love this the moment that I heard the first track was called "Boots of Chineese Plastic". For a brief moment, I hoped that she had done some sort of back-handed cover of Dylan's "Boots of Spanish Leather". Then I started the disc and was smacked in the face by the Pretenders stompin, rockin, blisteringly tight playing. They tear this music up--all of it--like this is their first and only chance to get heard. Not all the tunes are as in your face as that first track, but in every circumstance, this band is committed to delivering great music. How many bands with the longevity of the Pretenders can put out a disc this good? Not many, folks, not many.

Check out the wonders that this music holds: sharp guitar playing, driving drums, really melodic bass parts, and holding it all together, Chrissie Hynde's vibrato, alternatively husky and plaintive, round and full as an overripe plum, dripping with anger, sadness, and an all-knowing sense of understanding of itself. Chrissie understands that she makes the music something more than it is on paper when she sings.

Do you love the Pretenders already? Well then, you've probably already bought this disc. Go ahead and get a second copy to give to a friend. Do you like "Brass in Pocket" but haven't thought much about the band since the 80's? Well, give this a little chance. This is too good to miss.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant, No robots on those guitars and Hynde on Vocals 8 Oct 2008
By K. C Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Chrissie Hynde, thanks for keeping it real.
The music is exceptional, everybody is tight, loose and together.
Lyrics just as brilliant.

I know I mentioned the guitars and the vocals..but don't let anyone know
but the drummer was brilliant too.

The mastering on this incredible. This is the best sound quality
I have ever heard from a standard cd.

great great album..nuff said.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NO PRETENDING HERE... 10 Oct 2008
By Petty Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I heard that Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders were releasing a new album I was excited.Bought it and am so happy I did...I always respected Chrissie and appreciated all the great rock she has given through the years.This album is filled with the traditional sound of Chrissie throughout.The mid-tempo rockers and slower Chrissie style ballads...capturing the old style Pretenders with a modern twist.If you are a Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders fan,there is no reason not to buy this one.It rocks...My personal faves are Boots of Chinese Plastic,The Nothing Maker,Don't Cut Your Hair,Love's A Mystery,The Last Ride,Rosalee and Break Up The Concrete.Pretty much every song.Just to tell you how rich an album this is...Rock on Chrissie...Glad you are back...
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