• Record Label: Artemis
  • Release Date: Nov 12, 2002
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Everything here is all programmed refinement, stylish melodies and vocal fireworks.
  2. 80
    This is slick, snarky pop with flashes of brilliance. [#12, p.151]
  3. 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]
  4. Loose Screw captures the group's classic mix of grit and sentiment, illustrating how to make a good album that neither ignores the past nor shamelessly apes the present.
  5. 70
    The best Pretenders record since 1994's Last of the Independents. [Dec 2002, p.141]
  6. Seldom do you get to see an artist exorcise her pain in public with such poise and fearlessness.
  7. There are no sweeping creative revelations -- are there ever, on eighth albums? -- but nothing here sullies the group's legacy either.
  8. The songs are immediately accessible, with a classic rock/modern pop delivery that’s every bit as lively and exciting as the very first disc this band released.
  9. The mix of fast paced rockers with more reflective reggae and dub-inspired tracks make this eighth offering one of the group's better albums.
  10. Even if you haven't matured with the band, it's hard not to be enchanted by Chrissie Hynde's silky-smooth voice.
  11. A proper, reggae-tinged rock album. [Jun 2003, p.104]
  12. The Pretenders' eighth studio album, Loose Screw, is their first on an independent label after 20 years with Warner, but the switch hasn't made any difference in the group's style.
  13. 40
    Characterised by both an ill-advised flirtation with cutting-edge electronics and an overabundance of rather washed-out reggae. [Jun 2003, p.98]
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  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. 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. Full Review »
  3. MikeF
    Dec 27, 2002
    9
    A real return to form. Most consistent effort since "Learning to Crawl".