The Pretenders frontwoman's first solo album is decent enough but falls short of her former band's classic quality
Having become a household name as singer of The Pretenders, it may come as a surprise three-and-a-half decades later to discover this is Chrissie Hynde’s first solo album. It stands up to her past endeavours, though there’s no ‘I’ll Stand By You’ or ‘Brass In Pocket’ among these 11 slickly-produced AOR offerings made with the assistance of Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn And John). ‘Down The Wrong Way’ and ‘Dark Sunglasses’ are ’60s drivetime radio throwbacks with a touch too much sheen, with only the beguiling ‘In A Miracle’ coming close to classic. Like the syndrome named after the titular city, you’ll fall for these tunes with repeated exposure, but you’ll live without them once you’re free from them too.
Record label: Caroline
Release date: 09 Jun, 2014