Loose Screw - The Pretenders
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  • Summary: The band's first album of new songs since 1999's Viva el Amor contains 12 mostly reggae-tinged tracks.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 80
    An album that, on first listen, glides by doing nothing wrong. Second time around, you realise that, more accurately, it's doing everything right, and you're spellbound. [Jun 2003, p.92]
  2. Everything here is all programmed refinement, stylish melodies and vocal fireworks.
  3. 80
    This is slick, snarky pop with flashes of brilliance. [#12, p.151]
  4. Seldom do you get to see an artist exorcise her pain in public with such poise and fearlessness.
  5. 70
    The best Pretenders record since 1994's Last of the Independents. [Dec 2002, p.141]
  6. There are no sweeping creative revelations -- are there ever, on eighth albums? -- but nothing here sullies the group's legacy either.
  7. 40
    Characterised by both an ill-advised flirtation with cutting-edge electronics and an overabundance of rather washed-out reggae. [Jun 2003, p.98]

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. dougs
    Oct 18, 2003
    9
    Another pop perfect release. Chrissie has never sounded in better voice. This CD gets stronger with every listen.
  2. MikeF
    Dec 27, 2002
    9
    A real return to form. Most consistent effort since "Learning to Crawl".
  3. HerrJakethaj
    May 5, 2003
    7
    Loose Screw is a genuine return to form. Far better then the two weak albums. And as for K Park's comment, Chrissie Hynde can hardly be Loose Screw is a genuine return to form. Far better then the two weak albums. And as for K Park's comment, Chrissie Hynde can hardly be expected to stay out of the country. She is a U.S. citizen, protected by the same freedom of speech as you are. Expand

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