The Pretenders, 'Break Up the Concrete' (Shangri-La)

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Break Up the Concrete
Critical Mass
Label: Shangri-La

by Jaan Uhelszki

Chrissie Hynde has lived in London for the past three decades, yet Breaking Up the Concrete, her band's ninth album, has deep roots in thorny American '50s rock'n'roll and seditious rockabilly rave-ups. Along with four new Pretenders, she's crafted a statement that's stripped bare and dangerous, just like Hynde herself, who abandons much of her haughty cool to expose some long-concealed wounds as painful as the ones that Janis Joplin unfurled on Pearl.

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