The Pretenders' debut album was such a powerful, monumental record that its sequel was bound to be a bit of a disappointment, and Pretenders II is. Essentially, this album is an unabashed sequel, offering more of the same sound, attitude, and swagger, including titles that seem like rips on their predecessors and another Ray Davies cover. This gives the record a bit too much of a pat feeling, especially since the band seems to have a lost a bit of momentum — they don't rock as hard, Chrissie Hynde's songwriting isn't as consistent, James Honeyman-Scott isn't as inventive or clever. These all are disappointments, yet this first incarnation of the Pretenders was a tremendous band, and even if they offer diminished returns, it's still diminished returns on good material, and much of Pretenders II is quite enjoyable. Yes, it's a little slicker and more stylized than its predecessor, and, yes, there's a little bit of filler, yet any album where rockers as tough as "Message of Love" and "The Adultress" are balanced by a pop tune as lovely as "Talk of the Town" is hard to resist. And when you realize that this fantastic band only recorded two albums, you take that second album, warts and all, because the teaming of Hynde and Honeyman-Scott was one of the great pairs, and it's utterly thrilling to hear them together, even when the material isn't quite up to the high standards they set the first time around.
Five CD box set containing a quintet of original albums in card LP replica sleeves! Features "Pretenders" (1980); "Pretenders II" (1981); "Learning To Crawl" (1984); "Get Close" (1986) and "Last Of The Independents" (1994).
'Pretenders II’ is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut. The band was touring and cementing their popularity, especially the popularity of their lead singer. The album would be the final release from the original lineup of the band, as shortly afterwards the band would be fractured by the drug abuse that would take the life of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, leading to a long recording hiatus. Twenty years after its release, it was certified gold (500,000 sold) in 2001.
The Pretenders Greatest Hits captures the band from their early days on Sire through their last album on Warner Bros. Records, Viva El Amor. It's the band's only career-spanning video collection, featuring such early nuggets as "Brass in Pocket," "Kid," and Stop Your sobbing," through "Don't Get Me Wrong" to a Tin Tin Out remix of "Human" from Viva El Amor. Also included is an excellent 45-minute documentary called…
2016 release, the first new album in eight years from Chrissie Hynde and Co. Originally intended as s follow-up to Hynde's 2014 solo album Stockholm, Alone evolved into a bonafide Pretenders album although she is the only original band member to appear on the album. Alone was recorded with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Studio in Nashville. The album features Hynde on vocals and guitar joined by bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Sturgill Simpson), pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl (Blake Shelton), guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Lana Del Rey), keyboardist Leon Michels, and drummer Richard Swift.