Chrissie Hynde returns to the CD racks with her first ever solo album entitled “Stockholm.”
It might seem odd for Hynde to record under her own moniker instead of the Pretenders, the band she has led for the past 35 years, but after just one listen it is clear that “Stockholm” does not sound like a Pretenders album. Sure the voice is the same but Hynde has clearly set out to make a more poppy effort
Crafted with Swedish producer Bjorn Yttling who also co-wrote 9 of the 11 tracks Hynde has made one of the most listenable albums of the year. Every single track is a gem.
Although, this collection of songs is more pop than rock and doesn’t have the musical edge of a Pretenders album, Hynde’s cuttingly sharp lyrical style still shines through with lines like “I’ve become what I criticized, the porn queen in my deck of lies,” and “Modern stalking with a common touch. Nobody knows nothing but they know too much.”
Guests on the album include guitarist Neil Young who’s unmistakable sound can be heard on the song “Down The Wrong Way” while former Tennis champ John McEnroe lends his fret work to “A Plan Too Far.” Other standout tracks include “You Or No One,” “Dark Sunglasses” and the best Bond theme that wasn’t written for a Bond film “You’re The One.”
Will Chrissie Hynde ever reboot the Pretenders or is she now on a path to continue as a bonafide solo artist? You never know what she’ll do next and that is what makes her one of the most interesting recording artists out there today. Whatever happens it will be on her terms and until then I am happy to have “Stockholm” spinning in my car stereo while I wait for the next masterpiece to come along.
Drumroll please… 10 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.