Similar to early Pretenders records ( but lacking the prominent guitar solos and a bit more conventional ) this record clearly demonstrates that Chrissie Hynde was always the creative centre of this band. The band members change , but the sound remains.
On this album Chrissie releases her 'inner Hendrix' on 'May this be love' , rocks out on 'Downtown' ,'No Guarantee' ,'Millionaires' and 'Hold a Candle', revisits her love of reggae on ' How will I miss You' and gives us cool rock/pop on 'Never Do That' ,'Let's make a Pact' , 'Sense of Purpose ', 'When Will I See You ' and , in waltz time , 'Criminal' .
All the songs are strong, as are the performances and playing throughout . It's a shame Chrissie doesn't ever seem to have found a guitarist quite of the calibre of the 'late great' James Honeyman Scott to replace him, but there's some nice guitar work here from Billy Bremner ( not the Leeds footballer I presume !) and this release shows that at least at the time of its release the Pretenders were far from being a spent force.