Pretenders Break Up The Concrete

Break Up The Concrete
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  • Released: October 7, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Artist First

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.78
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he best Pretenders record in years, a mix of galloping rockabilly and country & western songs, delivered in Hynde's trademark snarl..."
Entertainment Weekly - p.71
"[W]ith her velvet-sandpaper vocals and unflappable rock-chick cool, Hynde is more than enough to build an album around....She cuts loose with an effortlessness it takes years to cultivate..." -- Grade: B
Q (Magazine) - p.129
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's Hynde who steals the show with her lip-curling vibrato, part Elvis, part Dusty, never more intoxicating than on the seductive 'Almost Perfect'..."
Blender (Magazine) - p.76
"The Pretenders' ninth studio album is a pleasant roots record....Hynde sings about May-September romance and the search for the paved-over soul of her busted hometown, Akron, Ohio..."
Paste (magazine) (p.57) - "Hynde's voice is as recognizable as ever -- all slow vibrato, unrestrained high notes and staccato alto..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.92
3 stars out of 5 -- "The steel guitar of Son Volt's Eric Heywood is a new voice to the mix, while Jim Keltner adds a veteran's deft touch to the rhythm tracks."


  • 1.Boots of Chinese Plastic
  • 2.The Nothing Maker
  • 3.Don't Lose Faith in Me
  • 4.Don't Cut Your Hair
  • 5.Love's a Mystery
  • 6.The Last Ride
  • 7.Almost Perfect
  • 8.You Didn't Have To
  • 9.Rosalee
  • 10.Break Up the Concrete
  • 11.One Thing Never Changed

Product Description:

Personnel: Chrissie Hynde (vocals); James Walbourne (guitar, accordion, piano, background vocals); Jim Keltner (drums, background vocals); Eric Heywood (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Don Smith .
Recording information: Sage And Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA (04/13/2008-04/25/2008).
Photographers: Richard Young; Adrianne Callaway.
The first Pretenders album after the longest recording layoff in the band's history (six years), BREAK UP THE CONCRETE finds Chrissie Hynde re-energized, fronting a new bunch of musicians on a fresh, arresting batch of new songs released on a new label. Original drummer Martin Chambers, still part of the touring outfit, is replaced here by session-drummer king Jim Keltner. Perhaps even more significantly, new arrival Eric Heywood (pedal steel) boasts a lengthy Americana resume (Son Volt, Jayhawks, Ray LaMontagne) and brings with him the highest quotient of rootsiness ever to occupy a Pretenders album.
While there are some driving rockers that recall the glory days of "Precious" and "Tattooed Love Boys," with Keltner employing ingeniously mutated New Orleans-cum-Bo Diddley beats, a striking number of tracks here roam a more roots-rock-oriented area. Warm, organic acoustic-guitar strumming and long, keening pedal steel lines frame Hynde's one-of-a-kind voice on the slow-burning country-soul waltz "Don't Lose Faith in Me," the rather Lucinda Williams-esque "Love's a Mystery," and other smartly conceived tunes, balancing out an album that's simultaneously earthy and urgent.

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