14 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chrissie Hynde’s entry in the “rocker sings standards” genre, Valve Bone Woe, alludes to the trombone, to the earthy low-brass moan heard at the outset, on the Nancy Wilson vehicle “How Glad I Am” and the Beach Boys cover “Caroline, No.” But that’s just one element in an intriguing set produced by Marius de Vries and Eldad Guetta. The Kinks’ obscure and wonderful “No Return” is particularly well-served by a relaxed quasi-Brazilian arrangement, with subtle trombone filigree as well. Old-school ballad crooning (“I’m a Fool to Want You”) is very much on the agenda, but there are dollops of synthesizer, hints of dub (in the ending vamp of “Absent Minded Me”), backwards effects, filters, and other sonic tricks that make this outing feel true to the Pretenders frontwoman and her idiosyncrasies. The way she can spin monosyllabic words like “say” and “much” into two lets you know it’s her and only her.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Chrissie Hynde’s entry in the “rocker sings standards” genre, Valve Bone Woe, alludes to the trombone, to the earthy low-brass moan heard at the outset, on the Nancy Wilson vehicle “How Glad I Am” and the Beach Boys cover “Caroline, No.” But that’s just one element in an intriguing set produced by Marius de Vries and Eldad Guetta. The Kinks’ obscure and wonderful “No Return” is particularly well-served by a relaxed quasi-Brazilian arrangement, with subtle trombone filigree as well. Old-school ballad crooning (“I’m a Fool to Want You”) is very much on the agenda, but there are dollops of synthesizer, hints of dub (in the ending vamp of “Absent Minded Me”), backwards effects, filters, and other sonic tricks that make this outing feel true to the Pretenders frontwoman and her idiosyncrasies. The way she can spin monosyllabic words like “say” and “much” into two lets you know it’s her and only her.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

LivingstonScott ,

Fantastic

I think the beauty of Chrissie's voice comes out stunningly with this type of music, jazzy orchestrations and a smoke filled brownstone downstairs joint feel. I love this and I hope everyone takes the time to be open with these arrangements. I have loved growing older with her recordings and this collection brings new life to my fandom.

DieselBodine ,

Reconsideration

Felt bad about my previous scathing review. Though I said everything I was feeling at the time on first listen my negativity really bothered me. Will relisten to the album with more open ears. I think my expectations got in the way of having an open mind. So sorry, Chrissie Hynde, I’m unable to remove my previous review. You’re still top notch in my book. I’ll 5-star this in repentance.

The Bradleyss ,

Yike

The synths sould straight out of Sponge Bob Squarepants.

Just not very well done.

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