Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pretenders: Break Up The Concrete

Break Up The Concrete
Shangri-La Music [2008]

Fire Drills Review:
Now at the young age of 57, you start to wonder about the relevance of Chrissie Hynde and a new Pretenders release but I got to tell you that Break Up The Concrete is a fun, laid back and rocking 36 minutes that is definitely worth checking out. She is living back in Akron, Ohio and running a restaurant that I believe has given her the motivation and energy to launch the classic Hynde snarl and she still sounds like it is 1980. Now this is clearly a different Pretenders record and longtime fans may be somewhat turned off, but the fever that comes out of several of these 50's style American rockers will easily convince them otherwise.

Key Track: "Boots Of Chinese Plastic"

Band With Similar Fire: Paul McCartney

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-Reviewed by Sam DaMatta