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on 9 June 2000
With two of the original members dead, and constant arguments fuelled by the pressures of Rock 'n' Roll lifestyles, The Pretenders haven't had an easy time of it. But not to be underestimated, as they too often are, the band makes another comeback to record their 8th album in 20 years. Chrissie Hynde has once again achieved an inevitably strong 4-piece line-up. Hynde has always claimed that her job is to simply make the musicians look good, which she does with ease. As ever, additional synths and strings aid the music, but not so much as to hide the framework. The range of talent provided by guitarist Adam Seymour is on display here, as he takes us up to the rafters with the 'pop-tune' melody of 'One More Time' and beneath the floorboards with the low grinding of 'Dragway 42', the album's centrepiece. We are also given a pleasant surprise as Hynde takes the vocals to new dimensions. The band's invincible singer has always had a unique way of combining tough with tender, and 'Viva El Amor!' is no exception. We are taken back to the dreaminess of 'I go to sleep' on 'Samurai' (an obvious reference to the band's dead guitarist) and 'Rabo de nube', and are presented with a contrast during the boisterous 'Legalise Me'. It is here where Hynde writes alone, exposing her raw talent in expressing her thoughts. Don't be fooled by the sugarcoated single, though - her iconoclast instincts surface on more than one occasion. The album is opened by a spiteful yet knowledgeable attack at female pop stars. Just to let us know how familiar with the cringe worthy process she is. And with her 'A' list celebrity status, who's to argue? Something for all tastes, one listen and you're hooked. Sheer proof that they do make 'em like they used to.....
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on 22 December 2015
Ok
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on 10 January 2012
Although this is a fairly old cd,it would be a good addition to any Pretenders fan collection.
Some of the tracks definatly have that classic Pretenders sound.
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on 24 February 2016
CD GOOD
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on 26 February 2015
Big fan of Chrissie Hynde, great songs. Bought to replace damaged CD version.
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on 29 September 2015
great cd thanks
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on 21 May 2013
Love the music . Played this cd quite a lot since buying it .Brings back memories of the gigs we went to
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on 24 August 2010
I have to admit Chrissy Hynde's voice has never particularly inspired me, however this album does make very easy listening. Great album.
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on 17 April 2016
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