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Pretenders: packed! [CD/DVD] [U.K.] [Digipak]

Track List

>Never Do That
>Let's Make a Pact
>May This Be Love
>No Guarantee
>When Will I See You?
>Sense of Purpose
>Downtown (Akron)
>How Do I Miss You?
>Hold a Candle to This
>Not a Second Time
>Spirit of Life
>Never Do That [Promo Video]
>Sense of Purpose [Promo Video]
>Never Do That [Wogan, 8 June 1990] - (live)
>Millionaires [The Late Show, 13th June 1990] - (live)
>Criminal [The Late Show, 13th June 1990] - (live)

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (7/12/90) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good "...supremely melodic and rife with nerve-racking downshifts..."

Entertainment Weekly - "...grabs your attention..." - Rating: B-

Q - 4 Stars - Excellent - Included in Q's list of the Fifty Best Albums of 1990.

Down Beat (9/90) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...Hynde's return is welcomed. She is one of the premier woman singer/songwriters in the rock world, which she assertively affirms with this album...Her new songs don't break any new ground, but they've got that lip-pursing punch to them that makes this collection an impressive one."

Album Notes

Personnel: Chrissie Hynde (vocals); Matt Smyth, Dave Reily (tapes).

Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London; Air Recording Studios, London; Mayfair Studios, London; Sunset Sound Factory, Los Angeles.

Photographers: Terry O'Neill ; Jill Furmanovsky.

By 1990, the Pretenders had logged over a decade of touring and quite a few pop crossover hits. Certainly the band's sound matured, and there's a definite low-key veneer to the foursome's fifth release. PACKED! is heavy on the melodic ballads, but then few imbue a simple mellow rocker with the passion of Chrissy Hynde, and as a group who's seen its share of true tragedy, the songs never ring insincere in the slightest. Opening single (and modern rock hit) "Never Do That" pours a lifetime of loving into the sort of fluttering '50s-rock slow jam that's become the Pretenders' trademark. While they occasionally conjure up a more punk-friendly tune, as on the barroom blues brawlin' of "No Guarantee," the overall feel is one of a warm lodge with corners both dusty-familiar and hidden-revelatory.


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