Pretenders Learning to Crawl [Bonus Tracks] (Limited)
Uncut: 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he yearning, world-weary drawl of Hynde's voice still sounds sublime."
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- Released: June 5, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Rhino
Uncut - p.1104 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he yearning, world-weary drawl of Hynde's voice still sounds sublime."
- 1.Middle of the Road
- 2.Back on the Chain Gang
- 3.Time the Avenger
- 4.Watching the Clothes
- 5.Show Me
- 7.My City Was Gone
- 8.Thin Line Between Love and Hate
- 9.I Hurt You
- 10.2000 Miles
- 11.Fast or Slow (The Law's the Law) - (Bonus Tracks)
- 12.Tequila - (Bonus Tracks)
- 13.I Hurt You - (previously unreleased, Bonus Tracks / Denmark Street Demo)
- 14.When I Change My Life - (previously unreleased, Bonus Tracks / Denmark Street Demo)
- 15.Ramblin' Rob - (previously unreleased, Bonus Tracks / Denmark Street Demo)
- 16.My City Was Gone - (previously unreleased, live, Bonus Tracks / Live)
- 17.Money - (live, Bonus Tracks / Live)
The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar); Robbie McIntosh (guitar); Malcolm Foster (bass); Martin Chambers (drums, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Billy Bremner (guitar); Paul Carrack (piano, background vocals); Andrew Bodner (bass, background vocals); Tony Butler (bass).
Recorded at AIR Studios, London, England.
Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde, Malcolm Foster, Robbie McIntosh , Martin Chambers.
Personnel: Billy Bremner (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Chrissie Hynde, Robbie McIntosh (vocals, guitar); Paul Carrack (vocals, piano); Malcolm Foster, Andrew Bodnar (vocals, bass guitar); Martin Chambers (vocals, drums); Chris E. Thomas (keyboards); Tony Butler (bass guitar).
Additional personnel: Chris Thomas (keyboards); Tony Butler , Andrew Bodnar, Paul Carrack, Billy Bremner.
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Ben Edmonds.
Recording information: Air Studios, London, England (08/1982).
Photographers: Eric Blum; Alyssa Cooper; Donna Santisi; Peter Barrett ; Paul Cox; Robert Matheu.
At the beginning of the Pretenders LEARNING TO CRAWL Chrissie Hynde sings, "I'm not the kind I used to be, I've got a kid, I'm 33, baby!" The bravado in the way she delivered that line, however, couldn't disguise the fact that she was also dealing with the back-to-back drug overdoses of two of her founding bandmates (one an ex-lover). The resulting album, unsurprisingly, deals at least in part with pain and loss. ("Back on the Chain Gang" LEARNING TO CRAWL's first single, was in fact an explicit memorial).
Given the circumstances surrounding the making of the album, it's amazing that on balance it's the band's most rounded effort. This is due to Hynde's particularly strong songwriting, and a standout performance by new guitarist Robbie MacIntosh, who compliments Hynde's material adroitly. High points include "2000 Miles," probably the best rock Christmas song ever and the enormously exciting "Middle of the Road" (if you don't move when you hear it, consult your primary care provider). Also noteworthy are "Time the Avenger," (among other things, a witty homage to the Outsiders' 60s punker "Time Won't Let Me") and "My City Was Gone," a sad and beautiful tribute to her hometown (Akron, Ohio).