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Break up the Concrete

2008-09-29

“Break Up The Concrete” is the first new release from Chrissie Hynde & Company in 6 years. This CD fully captures the bands early sounds even though this is completely Chrissie’s band as she remains the only original Pretender. This new Disc was recorded in 10 days and is meant to be a stripped down raw recording featuring one of rocks greatest voices. If you are searching for the earlier punk sounds of the Pretenders you will certainly enjoy the opening track “Boots Of Chinese Plastic” & the rocking “Don’t Cut Your Hair” as well as the very catchy title track. “Rosealee” is a stripped to the bone blues track that is just plain raw. The ending track “One Thing Never Changed” reminds us why we never want this great voice in rock to ever change. - Gregg Saur

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