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  • Summary: The first album for the British rock band in six years features Chrissie Hynde and a new lineup.
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  1. It just feels like a lively, deeply felt Pretenders album, one that has better songs and better performances than usual.
  2. 80
    This record is looser and more organic, and a different sonic palette for Hynde. [Jul 2009, p.106]
  3. The blues- and country-influenced songs on Break Up the Concrete are an engaging departure from the group's earlier hits, while Hynde's dynamic alto voice gives the set the unmistakable Pretenders identity.
  4. Working with a new band of co-conspirators, Hynde’s subversively hard-core Concrete serves up just enough old Pretenders swing to lure back fans confused by 2002’s relatively lackluster "Loose Screw."
  5. Many of Hynde's new songs call for honesty and compassion, and even if she never quite finds those things, her search yields some pretty vital rock 'n' roll.
  6. Break Up the Concrete seems a bit uneven: The faster numbers begin to sound the same after a while, and the album hits a slight lull halfway through.
  7. Why not take the five really good tracks on Break Up the Concrete ("Boots of Chinese Plastic," "Love's a Mystery," "Rosalee," "One Thing Never Changed," "Don't Cut Your Hair") and offer a stellar EP for download?

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  1. TS
    Oct 29, 2008
    9
    I was a fan of the Pretenders in the past and am currently a big fan of alt-country so this works out perfectly. All the better for being so I was a fan of the Pretenders in the past and am currently a big fan of alt-country so this works out perfectly. All the better for being so unexpected. Chrissie Hynde slips into Roots Rock/Americana like slipping into an comfortable old shoe. Strong songs, impeccably executed. I listen to this CD now at least once a day and am recommending it to all my friends. Expand