The pretenders

The Pretenders grow up with the release of "Learning to Crawl."

Any true punk rocker or feminist should love the Pretenders. Over time, Chrissie Hynde has brought the band from  underground U.K. band to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend status. Learning to Crawl is quite possibly the quintessential Pretenders album that shows both their artistry and maturity.

The record starts out strong with Middle of the Road, which comes complete with a searing harmonica solo done by Hynde and driving rhythm guitar.

However, the album shines on the song My City Was Gone in which Hynde laments about how her hometown of Akron, OH. The main highlight of this song though is not the lyrics, but very-repetitive bass line. Ironically enough, the song is now the theme to The Rush Limbaugh Show.

Overall, the album is a great album that shows that this band can hold its own against other classic rock bands.

Also, be sure to listen to the hit song Back On the Chain Gang – a tribute to fallen band members James Honeyman-Scott, who died of a drug overdose.

 

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