Uncut (p.110) - "Hynde's smartness and candour are always in evidence....[The album] overflows with energy and romance..."
The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar); James Honeyman Scott (guitar, vocals); Pete Farndon (bass, vocals); Martin Chambers (drums,
Additional personnel: Chris Mercer (tenor saxophone); Henry Lowther, Jim Wilson (trumpet); Geoff Bryant (French horn); Chris Thomas.
Recorded at Wessex Studios, London, England and Pathe Marconi Studios, Paris, France.
Personnel: James Honeyman-Scott (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar); Martin Chambers (vocals, drums); Pete Farndon (vocals); Chris Mercer (tenor saxophone); Jim Wilson , Henry Lowther (trumpet); Geoff Bryant (French horn); Matt Smyth, Dave Reilly (tapes).
Recording information: Free Range Studios, London (09/04/1981); Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris (09/04/1981); Santa Monica Civic (09/04/1981); Wessex Studios, London (09/04/1981); Free Range Studios, London (12/21/1979); Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris (12/21/1979); Santa Monica Civic (12/21/1979); Wessex Studios, London (12/21/1979).
Photographer: Steve Morley.
The band look magnificent on the cover as they pose with make-up or heavily retouched faces. They look confident, knowing that their follow-up is almost as good as the debut. Chrissie and Ray Davies were stepping out at this time, hence the opening track, "The Adultress," as Hynde whispers her confession over a furious wall of sound, to be immediately followed by her reminder that "Bad Boys Get Spanked." If only Chrissie, if only. The album drives and dives, pausing for "I Go To Sleep," another old Ray Davies song. There is not a bad track in sight.