The Pretenders ‘Alone’ Album Review Roundup

October 19, 2016

The Pretenders’ new album is ‘Alone.’ It’s the legendary rock band’s first album of new music since 2008’s ‘Break Up the Concrete.’ You can see a roundup of reviews from the music critics right here.

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Frontwoman Chrissie Hynde founded The Pretenders in the late 1970s and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band continue to endure despite many lineup changes, and even the deaths of two of the original members, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon.

The new album arrives eight years after the aforementioned ‘Break Up the Concrete.’ It’s also the band’s first new album since Hynde launched a solo career in 2014 with the album ‘Stockholm.’ Hynde also drew notice last year with her memoir Reckless: My Life As a Pretender, a vivid and often harrowing account that easily lived up to the title.

This time around, it’s the music that’s generating the buzz as Hynde teams up with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach who produced the new album in Nashville. The lead single, ‘Holy Commotion’ has already drawn positive reviews from critics. As Billboard reports, Hynde is the only member of The Pretenders featured on the album alongside a variety of Nashville musicians including bassist Dave Roe, guitarist Kenny Vaughan, pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl, keyboardist Leon Michels and drummer Richard Swift.

If anyone wondered if The Pretenders were sailing off into the annuals of rock music history, this album proves otherwise. Not only that, the band is also set to embark on a co-headlining tour with Stevie Nicks in support of the new album. It kicks off on October 25th in Phoenix, Arizona.

Now as the album arrives in full the critics are weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.

“….Make no mistake, Alone is a very good album. From the second the title track kicks in, feeling like a strangely rowdy Velvet Underground deciding it’s time to cut loose and boogie, it’s obvious that Hynde has really got stuck into the creative process. The album – produced and almost entirely played by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach in his Nashville studio – crackles with enjoyment of the studio, and though the reference points are all retro (southern boogie…” –The Arts Desk

“….Auerbach steers Hynde into a lot of new sonic territory, but he’s also smart enough not to deviate too far from what’s always made the Pretenders’ work, which has always functioned as a great combination of opposite moods and attitudes. Pretenders songs can be tough and gritty in one moment and sweet and sentimental the next. That much stays the same on Alone…..” –Consequence of Sound

Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see The Pretenders’ ‘Alone’ album cover art and music videos below.

Pictures: PR Photos

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