I played the first Pretenders album to death (& still do!), so when Pretenders II was eventually released I was half expecting an anticlimax. I was happily proved wrong, though not as raw as the original, this album has it's own unique qualities. The tracks are varied and interesting. There are beautiful ballads, "English Rose, Birds of Paradise" (both should have been singles in their own right), blues, "Waste not want not" and classy rock, "Day after Day, Jealous Dogs, Talk of the Town". Don't just take my word, you will find four singles in this album, but they are all equally good in their own right except for one, "Louie Louie", a "filler" track. I f you only ever buy two Pretenders albums, buy this and the first Pretenders release. Enjoy!