The Pretenders on Austin City Limits ©KLRU photo by Scott Newton

The Pretenders



The Pretenders by Chuck Sperry


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The Pretenders’ electrifying soundmakes these legends a force of rock innovation. With a landmark new record and their catalog of undeniable classics, The Pretenders make their long-awaited Austin City Limits debut. Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Chrissie Hynde and armed with original drummer Martin Chambers, The Pretenders come to ACL in support of latest album Alone. Recorded with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, the album was initially conceived as the followup to Hynde’s acclaimed 2014 solo debut Stockholm. As its songs and sonics took shape, the collection soon revealed itself as the first all-new Pretenders LP since 2008’s Break Up The Concrete. Alone bears all the trademarks of the Pretenders’ legendary canon – raw and rollicking riffs, poignant balladry, taut hooks and indelible melodies, all in service of Hynde’s heartworn, ever-unsentimental songcraft. Nearly four decades on from The Pretenders’ epochal 1980 debut album, Hynde’s instantly identifiable voice is perhaps more emotional, more aggressive than at any other time in her career as all the vocals were recorded in 48 hours. That extra bit of edge only serves to add fire to new Pretenders classics. “At 65, she’s still mouthing off over brass-knuckled rock & roll,” notes Rolling Stone, “flexing command and carnality with no apology.” The UK’s The Independent asserts that Alone is “a fine album, subtly varied in both musical style and lyrical slant,” while Magnet declares it’s “as good a Pretenders record as has been made.”



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