Break Up The Concrete - The Pretenders
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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. Positive: 14 out of 18
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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. The result is the best Pretenders record in years, a mix of galloping rockabilly and country & western songs, delivered in Hynde's trademark snarl.
  3. 80
    This record is looser and more organic, and a different sonic palette for Hynde. [Jul 2009, p.106]
  4. 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.
  5. Though the album can’t really stand with the Pretenders first three, it approximates them pretty well, like a faux vintage T-shirt that’s faded just right.
  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
    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