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Pretenders

Pretenders

1979

Pretenders

Album Summary

Pretenders is the debut studio album by British-American band the Pretenders, released on 27 December 1979 on Sire Records in the US and on 7 January 1980 under Real Records in the UK. A combination of rock, punk and pop music, this album made the band famous. The album features the singles "Stop Your Sobbing", "Kid" and "Brass in Pocket". Nick Lowe produced the Pretenders' first single, "Stop Your Sobbing", but decided not to work with them again as he thought the band was "not going anywhere". Chris Thomas took over on the subsequent recording sessions.

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Rating

3.37

Votes

4695

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Punk
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This is what 1001 albums is for. I had only heard the radio hits and kind of written the Pretenders off for some reason. Just never took the time to listen further. This is way edgier than what I was expecting. Like the punk energy with the catchy pop hooks. Chrissie Hynde has instantly shot up into my top female performers of all time list. Had no idea she was the lead songwriter and rhythm guitarist. Love her vocal style. Like some kind of hybrid of Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith. Super impressed. Have to say, though I love Nick Lowe, I'm glad he only produced the one single and not the rest of the album. His track is too thin and bright and kind of sticks out awkwardly in the mix of the album. I think I'll be going through the rest of their catalog now.

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4

Their later albums have more hits, but you can still appreciate edgy songwriting and Chrissie Hynde's great voice

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"Now I see you All impressed and half undressed You got paint stick all over the scars and lumps and bumps" (Tattooed love boys) "I said child, child staring into the street light And messed up child, lonely boy tonight Kick the wall, turn the street and back again Oh boy you've been forgotten" (The wait) "Your private life drama baby leave me out J'ai les glands with your theatrics Your acting's a drag It's o.k. on TV 'cause you can turn it off But don't try me Yes your marriage is a tragedy But it's not my concern I'm very superficial I hate anything official" (Private life) ¡Qué alegría escuchar a una señora para variar!

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5

Está pirata que nunca he escuchado bien a esta banda, a pesar de que su cantante me cae de huevos y que conozco su historia, papel e importancia en el punk inglés. Siempre asumí que era una banda más new wavey, como más plasticona. Pero no, eh, la neta este disco está chingón. De lo que me he perdido. Oh no, porque siendo honesto, no me hubiera gustado esto tanto más morro. En fin, es un gran disco de los 80, del punk, del new wave. ¿Noto una cierta influencia en PJ Harvey? No se me hace tan descabellado. También me dejó claro que si unes The Clash + Pretenders te salen los Libertines. Increíbles riffs a montones. Space Invader, wow.

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5

10/10 nada más porque tengo un soft spot por las bandas de rock lideradas por mujeres. Aunque la verdad, más allá de eso, sí disfruté mucho el álbum. Creo que el hilo conductor es la voz de Chrissie Hynde, que es muy poderosa y la sabe adaptar (?) a los distintos ritmos que encontramos en el disco, además de a las letras. Y pensar que iba a “Did not listen”.

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5

Interesting instrumentals, sometimes with odd time signatures. Unique voice and singing style. I love the drums especially, the drummer stays right in the pocket and matches the songs' vibes perfectly.

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5

This is great, love the singer, love the instrumentation, love the aggression. Definitely a new favorite.

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5

This is a really stunning debut album, long a favorite of mine. Some of these songs have been classics for years both for mainstream and alternative audiences, it's hard to imagine what the impact must have been when the songs were new. What an amazing contrast between the deeply cool badassery of songs like "Precious" and "Tattooed Love Boys" and the unexpected softness and vulnerability of "Kid" and "Lovers of Today." Wow. The arrangements are crisp and tight and the guitar work is top notch. It feels so fresh, even today. Hynde is mesmerizing as the lead, with flawless vocals and lyrics that run the gambit from dreamy to empowering to occasionally disturbing. You could write a whole dissertation on the sexual politics of these songs. Nothing but love for this album, front to back. Favorite songs: Kid, Brass in Pocket, Tattooed Love Boys, Mystery Achievement

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Me gustaron sobre todo las canciones enérgicas, las más tranquilas como que me aburrieron, aunque la instrumental "Space Invader" fue muy divertida. Me gusta este sonido rockero ya en otro tono y la voz me gustó. Sobre todo fue bueno conocer mejor a los Pretenders, a quienes ubicaba creo más de oídas. Mis canciones destacadas: "Precious", "Up the Neck" y "The Wait". 7.5/10

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09/07/2021 - 15/08/2021 Album di debutto di una band che non conoscevo prima e che appartiene a un movimento del quale so poco o nulla (principalmente per mancanza di interesse e di stimoli ad averne). Mi sento impossibilitato a capirne la vera bontà e a individuarne le possibili influenze in altri lavori proprio per questi motivi; dirò la mia dal basso del mio bagaglio culturale musicale generale sperando di poter pensare la stessa cosa quando saprò di più - se mai ne saprò - dei Pretenders e del rock "classico" anni '70/'80. Come record di debutto è inquadrato, l'identità della band mi è chiara e sembra essere questa: riff da minimo sindacale che non mi incuriosiscono, testi un po' cringe che trattano, nella maggior parte dei casi, di storie d'amore / di vita prevedibili, emancipazione femminile e disinibizione sessuale (forse le poche cose avanguardistiche in questo LP guardandolo con occhi del 2021). A livello musicale nulla è eseguito male e allo stesso tempo nulla è straordinario o minimamente sperimentale: l'esempio più chiaro di quanto affermato è la precisa ma piatta "Space Invader". Vocalità generosa e appassionata quando opportuno, vedi "Private Life". A livello di missaggio l'unica cosa strana che noto è il livello della voce in "Precious", ma per il resto - almeno per le mie orecchie ancora profane in questo campo - la performance vocale, che trasuda leadership e coglioni (o meglio, clitoridi) quadrati, della Hynde mi sembra valorizzata e il resto ben bilanciato e adatto alla natura poco intraprendente del disco. Riascoltando il disco - cosa che non penso farò - skipperei tutto meno che "Precious" - che mi aveva fatto così ben sperare, "Lovers of Today" - dalle melodie interessanti - e "Mistery Achievement" - un po' ska - evitando come la peste la tediosa ed infinita "Private Life" (6:30 per parlare di un amante che non ti interessa né soddisfa sono davvero troppi per non essere davvero interessata o soddisfatta a/da lui, Chrissie), continuando nel frattempo a chiedermi perché "Stop Your Sobbing", "Kid" o "Brass in Pocket", potrebbero essere volontariamente ascoltati da gente nata dopo il 1980, vista la puzza di vecchio che emanano dopo 41 anni dalla loro uscita. Riesco a capire perché questo album piaceva all'ascoltatore medio e disinteressato dei tempi, perché potrebbe essere sfruttato anche da chi li ha vissuti in maniera più musicalmente impegnata come macchina del tempo con destinazione primi amori e primi "vaffanculo al mondo", e anche perché io mi sia annoiato così tanto e sorpreso così poco nell'ascoltarlo: non è una questione di età anagrafica mia o di questo LP, dato che tra i miei album preferiti c'è - al momento - roba di quei tempi (appartenente tuttavia a filoni musicali che presentano prodotti generalmente meno prevedibili e semplici da ricondurre ai soliti cliché rispetto a questo album), è questione di gusti e di approccio alla musica. Io, personalmente, non trovo soddisfazione nell'ascoltare qualcosa di così puntualmente scontato, vecchio e lontano dal mio vissuto e lontano dall'anticipare quelli che sono i tempi che vivo (come invece fa un "Kid A" a caso, per intenderci). In conclusione, il disco non è pessimo a livello tecnico, ma non mi trasmette nulla né riesco a vederne l'influenza in altre cose che ho ascoltato, siano esse vicine o lontane ai/dai tempi in cui è stato rilasciato.

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5

Best debut album. Somewhere between punk, rock and pop. Tattooed love boys has an iconic guitar hero solo

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5

One of the best!

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5

I love guitar hero 2 Tattoo love bois, stop sobbing, and brass pocket are some faves. Never listened to the full album but have heard many of these songs, not a single bad track.

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5

Had quite a rock feel to the beginning but don’t get me wrong and brass in pocket had me singing at the top of my lungs

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5

Really good album. Lots of songs I enjoyed. Reminds me of Elvis Costello or Joe Jackson. I listened to it 3 times.

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5

Another new wave classic. The whole album flows together so well.

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5

This is incredible! I’ve never heard the Pretenders before and am pleasantly surprised.

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5

I dig! More than Brass in my Pocket

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5

I really dig this. Lots of musical influences, can really hear the punk in there. Her voice is fantastic too.

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Love the Pretenders!!

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5

I've loved this album since it was released.

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5

Loved the way the songs sound. So distinct but sounds so effortless.

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5

Always wanted to like the Pretenders more - and definitely do now after listening to this album!

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5

Love this sound! Precious is tight, great jagged guitar tones! This is everything I love about punk in the 80s. Personality. Great songs. A real great ear for how to orchestrate something as simple as 2 guitars, drums, bass, and vocals. Brass In Pocket is a great tune. I had so much fun listening to this album!

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5

I am pumped, I adore the Pretenders! This is a magnificent debut album. At the intersection of 70's punk and pop rock is where the Pretenders meet to floor everyone with their we-don't-give-a-fuck lyrics melded into peppy instrumentation. They don't juxtapose lyrics and music as intensely as The Smiths do, but they're in that same vein. A precursor for sure. There's that subtle hit of something melancholy or maudlin wrapped in a wistful package and I love it. Chrissie Hynde's voice is magnetic and alluring. She's got that quality that expresses so much toughness and badassery but also softness and vulnerability. She's incredible, I could listen to her on loop for days and never get bored. Big fan!

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5

Tremendous album. If you only know The Pretenders material from the late-80s and after...this is not that band, almost literally. This album always felt like one of those rare crossover albums back in the 80s that appealed to punks, new wavers, and rockers alike. The pure energy from the angular attack of the band combined with the sneer of Chrissy Hynde's vocals is almost sad to hear in a way, knowing the musical (guitar/bass) half of the band would be dead due to drugs within ~2 years, but almost adds to its urgency. I've had this discussion with friends before on the best debuts by an act in history - not only in terms of an album but a song and "Precious" made everyone's short list - what a kick-ass song filled with attack, swagger, and musicality. With so many good cuts, it's hard to pick one personal favourite but for me you can't beat "Tattooed Love Boys" with that galloping rhythm trading off 7/8 and 4/4 measures in the verses. Punk? raw hard rock? Again who knows, who cares, it's awesome and those breakdowns are just weird in a great way. And all in 3 minutes. Not many downturns on this album* - the instrumental "Space Invader" serves as kind of a breather after Tattooed Love Boys. I will say that the first half is definitely the stronger one as some of the slower songs do bring the energy down a bit (the Kinks cover of "Stop Your Sobbing" is a misstep; it's not *bad* but doesn't fit well) but in general they do provide a nice ebb and flow - "Brass In Pocket" may be a middle of the road tune but it's an undeniably excellent and deserving hit song. Overall I just love the raw yet interesting production on this. Guitars sound fantastic, the double-tracked vocals often differ just enough to create some interesting tones at times especially in the heavier songs. Production combined with great songs... this is a keeper and one of the great debut albums ever. 9/10 5 stars. *only referring to the original release: 12 songs ending with Mystery Achievement.

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Wer Brass In Pocket Freitag zum ersten Mal gehört hat muss dringend Lost In Translation anschauen. Wunderbar upbeat ohne einen wirklich schlechten song. Vielleicht keine 5 Sterne verdient, aber eins von meinen Lieblingsalben. Beste Tracks: Precious, Stop Your Sobbing, Mystery Achievement, Brass In Pocket

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5

Guay. La voz de esta mujer es ... Y como tiene la canción Kid, y "is the debut studio album" le voy a dar un 5.

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Brass in Pocket was a good hit with lyrics that weren't serious but Chrissie shows that she is good at dealing with tricky topics. Kid is a conversation a mother has with her child when the child finds out her mother is a prostitute. It's a solid album top to bottom. Quite the debut. The two songs that start w a P are fab. Private Life is great instrumentally. Precious is the song I most identify with Chrissie Hynde. Full of confidence, edge, spunk and don't fuck with me attitude.  I'm precious . . .  fuck off! 

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5

Love them!💕

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Bomb

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5

Great powerpop

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5

It's hard to believe this is a debut album. The songs are edgy, confidently combining different styles into an original sound, oozing attitude. For reasons I can't articulate Brass in Pocket has always been one of my all time faves. I can't get enough of Chrissie Hynde. It was good to have her in the world while I was growing up and figuring out who I wanted to be.

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5

The best record of Pretenders, when they were still making new wave music.. ..some catchy singles but especially with lots of strong album tracks, like the first triple of songs..

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5

Excellent album!

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5

Excelente pintura de época

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5

probably 4.25 but fuck it, chrissie deserves the extra star for being so cool

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5

Loved this one. Chrissie Hynde is pretty much all you need to know but the band stays with her every step of the way. Top rating here.

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5

Timeless.

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5

Argh! I've just rediscovered this after 40 years. I bought this from the record stall at Wembley market but wasn't overly into it so consigned it to the back of the collection. Listening to it now I realise how wrong I was. Brass in Pocket is the big hit but my favourites now are: Kid, Stop your sobbing and Private Life (written by Chrissie and covered by Grace Jones). Can't stop playing it now.

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4

Pretty damn good

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7/10 FT: Brass in pocket

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The Pretenders are boldly 80s and it shows!

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4

I get the feeling that albums are more important if you have context. Brass in Pocket has been a staple of radio since I was a kid so I never paid attention to it but it was apparently the most popular song on the album. The album was ok but It doesn't really set my soul on fire.

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4

This. Album. Fucks.

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ожидал большего от Space Invader

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4

They ain't pretending!

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4

Good mix of early 80s punk, new wave and pop.

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4

Solid new wave punk sound of course.. Brass in pocket another one of those tracks that Ive heard many of times during Guitar Hero or Rockband

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Such a unique group for the time period. I need to listen to them more.

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4

I liked it, Truman didn't listen.

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4

It was pretty good, It was not really my cup of tea but it did have some good jams I bopped to.

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4

Love, love, love this album! I can’t get enough of Chrissie Hynde’s voice!

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4

Absolutely banging

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4

Achei bem divertido, tudo bem sincopado

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4

A great/classic album

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4

Pretty awesome album. Punk rock done right, and great singer.

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Sounds like it looks. V 80’s. I enjoyed it thoroughly, even before bed. Brass in Pocket and Space Invader were my two favs.

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Like : Up the Neck Tattooed Love - didn’t love - a little too punk? There’s a jam song in the mix here early that was pretty fun - tight drums and bass (Space Invaders) Stop Sobbing : reminds me of like a 50s or 60s song that’s been revamped for the 80s Private Life : baseline vibes - reggae influence of the 80s reminds me of the polices song, walking on the moon - in contention for favorite song - ‘you’ve been lying to someone about me, stop’ back up vocals are cool Brass in Pocket : haha this is probably why my parents had this album - my Mom loved this song - reminds me of her cleaning the house on a Saturday - vacuuming and folding clothes and dancing - this is probably the best song commercially and might end up being my favorite just for posterity sake Lovers of Today - probably my least favorite one so far... Overall I enjoyed it - reminded me of my parents - talked to my dad about it later and he said the lead singer was ahead of her time. 7.8/10

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4

Pop rock.

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Super original album/sound. I'm also a sucker for chicks that wail.

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4

This is a really great rock record. I had no idea they were formed in England since Chrissie Hynde is from Ohio. Brass in Pocket is the hit of this record but not representative of the rest.

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4

I only knew the singles, but this whole record is amazing.

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Pretty good

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Bastante entretenido, aunque nada super destacable supongo. La voz de la vocalista es lo que resalta más en el disco y los ocasionales riffs como en Private Life están agradables. Canciones que más disfruté: The Wait y Private Life. Mood: Verano ochentero

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7. this was fun and i really liked the sound, but the back end got really slow with 3 5+ minute songs.

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enjoyed this more or less. ngl brass in pocket is a bop. makes me inappropriately attracted to chrissie hynde. new wave with some teeth.

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Okay, I actually like the Pretenders, but the hype around them irritated me at the time. Back in the rock era, any time some back to basics band came around, they were hailed by the rock press as the saviors of rock 'n roll, and the Pretenders were no different. The Pretenders are a rock 'n roll band at heart, at least in their attitude, but there was more to them from the start. On their debut album, the treated guitars of James Honeyman-Scott were swathed in reverb and flange, a nod to new wave. They had songs like "Brass In Pocket" or "Mystery Achievement," which made them chart accessible. But they also had a real edge in songs like "The Phone Call" and "The Wait," which had tricky rhythmic figures unusual in this kind of music. And on top of all that, you had the bad girl swagger of Chrissie Hynde cut with an emotional vulnerability that was probably closer to the truth. I've never listened to this album all the way through, but the sustained invention, energy, and performances are impressive. The Pretenders are actually a much more powerful band than their hits would lead you to believe. Another thing I just noticed is how beautifully produced and sequenced this album is. The album flows like a dream, especially the first side. The second side is much more poppy, not nearly as much my thing.

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4

Forgot how much I enjoyed listening to them :)

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Love this album - I only recently rediscovered The Pretenders this past year and was surprised at how tight the rhythms and riffs are in this album. Plus what a lead in Chrissie Hynde!

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4

Straight away decent. Old school punk, liking it immediately. Feels familiar, maybe Tony Hawks or Earthed. Classic punk style, in that there are similar sounds to Black Flag, but also feel like bands like this inspired QOTSA. Yeh just realised the track 'The Wait' is off Earthed. 4/5

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Not what I expected at all but I loved it. Can even see influences on bands like No Doubt, Kings of Leon but then they throw a curve ball like Your Sobbing or Brass in Pocket. A strange mix of pop and punk but one I thoroughly enjoyed.

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4

Great.

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An album that sounds to me to be ahead of it’s time. Defining the meaning of progressive.I had just started listening to music when this album came out and apart from the very obviously commercial single releases on the album, it was probably too progressive for me at the time. Proving at least that youth is indeed wasted on the young.

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Never really paid Pretenders any mind, other than what one would hear on the radio. In all honesty, I put this album on with the expectation of having some decent background music while I worked. But, I was pleasantly surprised. For a record as old as I am, it really holds up well. None of the dated studio tricks of the day, just good ol' rock. Starts off with Precious, which immediately reminded me of the Talking Heads with a post-punk/pop rock vibe and cheeky lyrics. The rest of the album follows suite, with Hynde's vocals up front and rightfully the star of the show. I do really like her vocals. way more than I expected to, to be frank. so, yeah. Pretenders. I kinda like them.

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The most famous Pretenders songs are their soft-rock hits, but there’s more of a punky energy going on here. Chrissie Hynde’s vocal performance on ‘Precious’ is just oozing charisma and confident sex-appeal. Good album

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4

Started out pretty punky, but side 2 has some of the best songs from the late 70s

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4

better than expected

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3.75

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very old school rock feel. unorthodox main vocals, but works surprisingly.

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this shit actually slaps top to bottom is2g

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4

Loved it.

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In eerste instantie niet mijn genre, maar wat klinkt dit album góéd! Erg goede mix, wellicht heeft dat te maken met het feit dat ik via Spotify luister naar de remastered versie uit 2018. Buiten de geweldige kwaliteit van het geluid springt Space Invaders er in de eerste helft van het album er voor mij uit. Invloeden van Alan Parsons Project zijn duidelijk te horen. Private life vind ik ook prachtig. Ik sta ervan te kijken dat dit album al 41 jaar oud is. Het album is een leuke mix van punk, rock, new wave en pop. Bekende track ‘brass in my pocket’ springt er niet uit.

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Didn't think I knew this band, but I do! Tatooed Love Boys and Brass in Pocket are two of those songs that are always cropping up in movies and stuff. This album was really fun! Definitely categorize is in the "Ahead of its time" column. This sounds PURE 80s, and mid-to-late-80s at that, but this came out in 1979. Really enjoyable.

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Transports me back to my ex wife's kitchen. We'd drink till 5 in the morning and dance to The Pretenders. A ferocious row would often erupt about the size of her tits. In hindsight I probably shouldn't have 'forced' her to have the boob job and it began the miserable descent to divorce, but they were very little tits and I like a nice pair of big bouncy ones. I shouldn't have married her, but she was rich and her mother had huge cannons. I thought she would develop, but sadly not. The boob job has a success and we had two great years together, until one fateful day on a long haul flight from Mexico to Fiji they just popped...I mean, they blew right up in her face. I knew it was over. They'd never be the same again. We separated two weeks later. She still has visible scars, but it's my mental scars that really haunt me at night. What a journey it was, from tiny flatties, to enormous jugs, to a disgusting, mutilated warzone.

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4

Fun to listen to

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Loved the pop hits they produced over the years so an entire album of punk-inspired rock with Hynde's lead vocals hit the spot from start to finish. Only previously knew "Brass in Pocket" so this was a pleasant first listen. Great introduction and interesting production techniques like the sound effects in "The Phone Call" and "Space Invader." The album really picked up in the 4th track "Tattooed Love Boys." The track "Stop Your Crying" is a good cover on its own, but I felt it disrupted the flow and maybe should have been excluded or placed near the end. I bet it only existed to help with their breakthrough. I love the diversity in the tracks; none of them felt weak. My favorite track is "Private Life."

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4

Classic.

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4

Fun, spunky album with a lot of energy!

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4

This was a good one. I definitely heard lots of bands that had been influenced from this...

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4

This is a pretty fun album. I knew Stop Your Sobbing, but none of the other ones. Chrissie Hynde is amazing. Such a character. She really brings it. The songs are all really fun to listen to. This is one of those bands where they have a sound all their own. It's just so distinct. I enjoyed it!

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4

Much better than I thought. More like elastica than expected

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4

Definitely a grower - think I need to spend some more time with this one

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Great. 4/5

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4

Way better than expected

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Classic. 4/5

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4

det hät var fan cooolt.

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De band blijft me altijd weer positief verrassen

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4

Enjoyed the album with the exception of the first track, it didn’t seem to fit in with the rest. As the album progressed I enjoyed it more, almost felt like they were getting better as we journeyed through the tracks.

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I'm a sucker for vintage punk rock girls and Debbie Harry and Chrissy Hynde are on the top of that list. The Pretenders somehow are able to thread the needle between raw and refined perfectly. Good enough for the airwaves, but grimy enough to want to go see them live. This is a great reminder that 80's radio wasn't all saxophones and blow suck. Really enjoyed listening to this album in its entirety.

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Really enjoyed this. For some reason I'd always assumed Pretenders were "pop" - I hadn't realised how punk they actually were. First album that's come up on this list that I'll listen to again and again I think.

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Yeah ok. I get it. The Pretenders are awesome. They rock, they're funny, they're hard, they get it. Chrissy Hynde is a gem.

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Good! Cool 80s punk rock

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This is why I’m here. Never would have listened to them, thought I knew

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Brash, punky and lively. Enjoyable rock with a strident vocal performance

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4

Känns som om de första par låtarna saknar något men resten går hårt!

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4

Cool new-wave, post-punk, pop-rock bonanza with an especially entertaining singer. A fun listen

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4

A very very solid album, it's the sort of edge that I expected from Blondie but never got

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4.1 - I shit on punk rock a lot (justifiably) but to its credit, that genre helped usher in chic, sophisticated New Wave records like this. Lots of terrific songwriting, from the perennial “Brass in Pocket” to deeper cuts like “Up the Neck” and “Tattoed Love Boys.” Chrissie Hynde sounds amazing, striking that balance of tough and vulnerable.

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Fantastic debut album. Great sound

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Maybe 4.5

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liked it, didnt have that friends theme vibes

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What a debut! Punk edge meets polished rock with prog timings thrown in, and Chrissie Hynde immediately becoming the 80s benchmark for women rock singers. Unexpectedly sweary start, four hits, a fun instrumental, and not a dull track on the whole thing. This was the true promise of the 80s.

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This was really cool, really polished for a debut album. Very good

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Solid

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Pretty good

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Sehr kultige Mischung aus Pop und New Wave/Punk! Kid und Tattooed Love Boys sind einfach Hits. "Brass in Pocket" ist unglaublich cool und die Gitarre auf dem Track ist super. Perfektioniert wurde der Track aber erst 2003 von Scarlett Johannson und Bill Murray. Der Rest des Albums ist schon auch unterhaltsam, bis auf "Private Life", was irgendwie nicht reinpasst auf dem Album. Auch ein schlichtes, aber starkes Albumcover. Insgesamt sehr enjoyable.

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Rock de los Pretenders. Un megahit. Un 4.

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I really enjoyed the first half. Punkier than I expected. You can tell it's an album that's designed to be played over two halves of vinyl. Brass in Pocket is still a bit cringe for me, but.

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I had forgotten just how good this album was. A very impressive debut album that really showed their range, they can really rock out, post punk and then switch to a nice top 40 ballad. Everyone talks about Brass in Pocket but maybe I've heard it too much because I think a lot of the other songs are better. They even managed to out Police the Police on Private Life and then they close out the album magnificently with an absolute killer song - Mystery Achievement. OMG that driving bass plus the guitar solo at the end! The common denominator in all the songs though, the glue that holds it all together, is Chrissie Hynde's incredible voice. I see that she wrote most of the songs too, so extra kudos to her.

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I like the contrast between the two sides. Side 1 is straight forward punk-inspired (my faves are The Wait and Tattoo Boys) that sound a lot lot like what many other bands at the time were playing, except better, and then they get more creative on side 2, with reggae and pop. It reminds me of Blondie's Parallel Lines. Chrissie is a real force, smart and angry and talented, a great band leader. I saw them in 1980 at Heatwave and regret that I didn't know most of their material then.

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Ah yes, I remember it well...

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Had previously only heard Brass in my Pocket, but enjoyed listening to the whole album. Listened all day. Great vocals and guitar. Need to listen to more of their other albums.

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Un bon album punk-rock, défénitivement à revisiter.

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Such a nostalgic album for me. My dad played them a ton as I was growing up. Still rips to this day.

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This is so fun!

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Love it.

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Good early new wave. Favorites: "Precious", "Brass in Pocket", "Mystery Achievement"

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cce

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Pretenders by The Pretenders (1979) There’s so much more to The Pretenders than that stellar opening groove to “My City Was Gone” (from Learning to Crawl [1984], used with approval by conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh in his heyday). Singer/songwriter/frontwoman (and Ohio native) Chrissie Hynde has a lot of violence, pain, sadness, contempt, and anger to spread around on this debut album, and lead guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon, and drummer Martin Chambers help her do it with style, skill, and sense. References are obscure but rockingly indelicate. The energy is raw, and the listener gets the message loud and clear. Chrissie Hynde is, in my view, one of the top ten female rockers of all time. Unafraid of idiosyncratic time signatures (“The Phone Call”, “Tattooed Love Boys”), radical variety (“Space Invaders”), and anti-dance rhythms (“The Wait”), The Pretenders play up power chords and driving grooves in a masterful rock mien, with enough restraint to keep each track from overwhelming the ears. The only two main weaknesses here are, first, the steady descent (a regression, really) into ‘commercial’ pop on tracks 7-11 (especially the cover of Ray Davies’ [of The Kinks] “Stop Your Sobbing” and “Kid”). It seems out of character, and sometimes out of sync with the mood of the lyrics. But by the end of the closing track “Mystery Achievement” we’re comfortably back into driving rock (although the song should have been extended about a minute, with a fade at the end). As for the second weakness, the rapid spoken word melding with sung melodies (“Private Life” and elsewhere) sounds awkward if not anti-poetic, as if Hynde has too many words to fit into an otherwise well crafted song. Released on December 27, 1979, this album put an fitting exclamation point on the fine music of the 70s. Truly an enjoyable listen. 4/5

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Such a fun listen and does not sound horribly dated!

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Better than expected, a 3.5

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Really enjoyed this

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It's very strange going from growing up thinking that the 1970s was a wasteland for music to it being perhaps my favorite decade for music bar none. There was just so much happening, and everything was changing so quickly. Case in point, this album is a nice pop and punk in the post-punk era that doesn't really get talked about much. I think the success that Blondie experienced just prior to this album's release. This album is a lot of fun, well worth a listen 4/5

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Great album with "Brass in Pocket" the best most known song. 7/10.

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4.15, un band dont jai entendu parler mais )amais ecoute. Cest bon dans le style new wave c’est excellent.

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Var ekki svo hrifinn við fyrstu hlustun, en önnur bætir miklu við. Ánægjuleg blanda af léttu pönki og góðu poppi, og gaman að heyra originalinn af Grace Jones smellinum Private life.

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Some cracking tunes!

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4.5

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A New Wave classic with Chrissie Hynde dropping the F-bomb in the first song. Lots of variety and great guitar playing in the songs with Chrissie Hynde exuding charisma and a fuck off attitude.

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Goeie muziek. Ik was blij toch een nummer te herkennen

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Ah Chrissie Hynde, alongside Debbie Harry, every 70's straight teenage boys fantasy! (Gail Advert was my personal fantasy!) What can you say about the Pretenders, Chrissie was a Music Journalist turned Superstar (Gamekeeper turned Poacher really) and this was a great debut album. Shame that the band was destined for tragedy with both James Honeyman-Smith and Pete Farndon died too early. My Favourites on this are "Stop Your Sobbing", "Kid" "Private Life" and "Brass In Pocket". Chrissie's longevity is notable and the fact that she is still touring into her 70's suggests that she is still able and talented musician. This album is in My top 100.

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Like.

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Classic album, top notch

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Fun rock album! There's a cool. Variation in the song styles here too, which I enjoy

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p470. 1980. 4 stars. Fabulous rock-pop-punk hybrid. Outstanding songs and vocals about sex, desire and loathing. Needs to be played loud for maximum impact. 1 star deducted for occasionally straying into guitar wankage. Still sounds fresh 40 years on. PJ Harvey has based her entire career on trying to write something as good as this.

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This album is really cool. I feel like I absorbed some of the cool just by listening to it. None of the songs are really catchy or anything but they’re all interesting. It’s between 3.5 and 4 stars for me.

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Rock simples e poderoso. Vocal funciona muito bem.

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This album is energetic and has a strong punk ethos. The music itself I would classify primarily as post-punk. However, the Pretenders are experts at knowing exactly when to lean into the more pop and new wave elements giving way to an album that retains its musical integrity while remaining commercially viable. It’s certainly a delicate like to walk and they do it very well.

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Chrissie Hynde is an absolute kick ass vocalist. I love the drive of this album from the rhythm guitar and drums.

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It's very good. Like it a lot more the aggressive side of this album than the softer side, but it's very good.

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I really enjoyed this listen.

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Rockin'. Not my favorite Pretenders album, but still 100% solid.

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Pretty decent album, though not really my thing. Enjoyed it overall.

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Hynde's voice floats beautifully above the guitar music. It ends up being a fun record. There's nothing mind-blowing on first listen, but there are also no weak tracks. The aesthetic of the album is total, from production to attitude.

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Very new wave. Chrissie Hynde has a very unique voice. Nothing super crazy for me here. Favorite tracks: "Mystery Achievement", "Brass in Pocket"

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oka

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Better than I thought it’d be honestly

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It was fine

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Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass ich nach dem Hören Lust hätte, diese Platte noch einmal zu hören. Habe ich tatsächlich aber. Wird in der 2. Hälfte stellenweise gut bis sehr gut.

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A decent Brit pop-rock LP. Female vocals are a much-welcomed change of pace from the usual fare in this genre.

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Enjoyed it. Couple of classics in there. Prefer their ballad stuff to their punk stuff

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Her voice is just tremendous. The music around it doesn't live up to her.

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Did not know "Brass in Pocket" was Pretenders. Interesting, overall not bad but nothing that struck me as very interesting. I kind of like her vocal delivery though.

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I liked this more than I thought I would, liked the bright chippy guitar sounds and the vocals. Wasn't expecting to recognize any songs, but knew "Brass in Pocket," though I don't really like that song.

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Good. Old classic drum sound that I don't enjoy but the music is fun

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definitely an example of the time - and one of those albums i feel like i should've liked more than i did. it was...you know, fine. but apart from Lovers of Today, nothing really jumped out at me

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Fun

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Okay… I can’t be the only one here who didn’t know that song was called, “Brass in my Pocket,” right? RIGHT??? Anyway, if you talk about shitting bricks in the first minute of your first song that’s a pretty good way to make me a happy listener. An uneven record overall, but I love the uptempo snarly stuff.

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Me gusta como empieza con "Precious". En general suena bien, "Tattooed Love Boys", "Lovers of Today" y sobre todo "Brass in Pocket" que es una canción de 10.

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Carried by Brass In Pocket

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Three stars for the three good songs on the album

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Brass in Pocket good. Others meh. Vocalist is better than other Britpop. 6

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A game of two halves, Clive. Really enjoyed the spiky, sexy first half - but felt it ran out of steam in the latter portion of the album. Never liked 'Brass In Pocket', but it's fairly atypical of this collection. I really enjoyed the instrumental, more bands should do this.

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Decent straight ahead rock album.

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6/10. Pretty good, nothing too special doesn't seem.

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good songs with nice guitar and accompaniment but a weird voice and odd vocals. not too bad on the whole but not as good as some that are similar

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Only listened to half because will rushed me, it’s not as good as like Lilly Allen but yeah whatever 3

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Decent. Good rock band. I probably would have enjoyed them live.

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Sorta catchy, not off putting. I just wish it were more in some direction, more goth, more punk, more pop. It feels like it sits too squarely between genres, never really finding a sound for themselves, stays bland when I feel their could really be moments.

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groovy

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OK, good for what it is. Catchy singles and interesting tunes.

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Inicialmente pareceu catita, mas continuou e mostrou-se chato e só mais um álbum de rock da época. Nota 5/10

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Didn't listen to it all but started well. Good punk tunes

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I love the song Brass In Pocket. I love the energy of Chrissie Hynde - Karen O owes a debt to her, for sure. And that arrangement on Precious is pretty fun. But this is another one that seemed to go on too long for what it is. Still, Brass In Pocket.

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Questo è un gruppo che mi sta simpatico, è un anni 80 che però non è eccessivamente stucchevole e alcuni pezzi tipo Precious mi coinvolgono però altri brani sono meno convincenti.

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Tatooed Love Boys: divertente. Private Life: Carina la scelta di farla reggae e pure l'assolo di chitarra m'è piaciuto però la durata è ingiustificatamente eccessiva. Lovers of Today: Strana ma l'ho trovata interessante. Mystery Achievement: Anche questa a tratti m'è piaciuta. In conclusione: Anche con questo disco mi trovo un po' in difficoltà. L'ascolto è stato interessante, mi è sembrato un gruppo abbastanza eclettico e ho apprezzato spesso gli assoli di chitarra che è inusuale per me. La voce è un po' sopra le righe ma non mi è dispiaciuta, i testi sessualmente ammiccanti erano un po' la moda del periodo. La patina '80 c'è ma non è così terribilmente fastidiosa, tranne nella hit Brass in Pocket che è tipo l'equivalente del pezzo trap di oggi col feat. di Loredana Bertè per fare i soldi. Non so, probabilmente non lo riascolterei ma più che altro per questione di gusti personali. Ho visto su Wikipedia che hanno fatto uscire un disco l'anno scorso e sono ancora in attività, questo era il primo disco, sarebbe interessante vedere che roba fanno oggi.

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Didn't hate this, even though the first couple tracks were a bit weird. Brass in Pocket came on and I was like "oh!! it's this song!!" it's a tune.

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Only the hits stand out as special, but overall good album

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Enjoyed it, some recognizable songs.

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Quite nice.

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Pretty good. The kinks cover surprised me in a good way, and another song was likely inspired by Love-Orange skies. At least the intro sounded very similar.

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Good.

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Este disco lo escuchaba mi padre xd

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I mean, it was alright. I've been struggling through a ridiculously long install process while listening to this, so maybe the activity corrupted the music, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Might give another listen at some point when I'm in a better place.

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Om helemaal uit mijn dak te gaan moet het tempo van deze rockmuziek toch een flink stuk sneller. Als achtergrondmuziek vind ik het niet relaxt genoeg. Ik kan er eigenlijk net niks mee. Sommige gitaarrifjes klinken wel heel lekker "middle of the road" maar andere riedeltjes klinken gewoonweg vals. Hadden ze toen maar computers gehad voor de effectjes. Ik werd alert bij "The Wait" dat me een beetje aan Blondie deed denken. Helaas ook daar weer een snerende gitaarsolo die het toch een beetje verpest. Zou deze band dan vooral groot geworden zijn door hun live optredens? Het nummer "Kid" vond ik wel heel lekker poppie. Het gitaarspel is daar ook een stuk beter. De zang bibbert wel een beetje op het eind van het nummer, wat wat onervaren overkomt. En potjandorie, nou doet ze dat met het volgende nummer ook weer. Ontdek ik nu een tweede imperfectie aan deze band? Ten slotte is "Mysterie Achievement" ook wel een nummer met potentie. Doet me beetje denken aan de film E.T..

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better than normal indie grunge

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New Wave, Punk pop. Jagged guitars which often have almost sing/speak vocals over them. Best Tracks: Precious, Kid, Brass In Pocket

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I like a few songs. I've personally not listened to a lot of "New Wave" - I know it's often referred to as an iteration of punk. I can hear that a bit in some songs and some of the attitude, but it's so much more commercial sounding generally. One song had a notable amount of Flanger.

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A nice enough listen but bar one standout track it all seems a bit generic.

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