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  • Summary: The 11th full-length studio release for the Chrissie Hynde-led rock band was produced by Stephen Street.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
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  1. Jul 16, 2020
    From the full tilt title track, the echoing twang of The Buzz, the strutting rock reggae of Lightning Man, the swoonsome torch soul of You Can’t Hurt A Fool and swaggering rush of I Didn’t Know When to Stop, it is a Pretenders album that sounds like it could have been recorded in their first flush, a perfect blend of sensuous vocals and blazing guitars.
  2. Jul 17, 2020
    Hate For Sale is surely one of the best albums this legendary band has produced, vivacious in a way that could even rival fan favourite Learning To Crawl.
  3. Q Magazine
    Jul 13, 2020
    With its bright shiny sonics buffed by Blur/Smiths producer Stephen Street, it ranks up there with the best of the early Pretenders albums. [Aug 2020, p.111]
  4. Jul 20, 2020
    There is chemistry here, making for tight songs that prance insouciantly from genre to genre, scattering wisdom and swagger in their wake.
  5. Rolling Stone
    Jul 13, 2020
    The New Wave greats haven't sounded this raw and real since the early Eighties. [Jul 2020, p.87]
  6. Uncut
    Jul 13, 2020
    [Hate For Sale returns her] to the totemic sounds of the early Pretenders albums, trusted and familiar territories. [Aug 2020, p.31]
  7. 60
    A few of the melodies fail to stick. ... But when Hynde reels out the rockabilly to target more deadbeats on “Junkie Walk” and “Didn’t Want to Be This Lonely” in the closing stretch, everything clicks.

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  1. Jul 20, 2020
    This is their best album since Learning to Crawl and depending on your taste you might like it more as its closer to the sound of the firstThis is their best album since Learning to Crawl and depending on your taste you might like it more as its closer to the sound of the first two albums; a mix of punk and 60's/70's rock. Oddly, the fantastic 60's soul ballad You Can't Hurt a Fool feels out of place even though it's stellar which is testament to the fact that the albums is all rockers, jangly pop and one great reggae track. This is the first Pretenders album since the 80's that truly feels like a cohesive band recorded an album. Expand