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While THE SINGLES may misrepresent The Pretenders, concentrating as it does on their jangly, radio friendly material rather than their punkier, proto-Riot Grrrl fare, there isn't a track here that fails to delight. Of course, it helps that Chrissie Hynde is arguably the most emotionally compelling female pop vocalist of the second half of the 20th century. But THE SINGLES also proves something that's too often overlooked--that Hynde is the first distaff rocker whose songwriting can stand comparison with the genre's biggest guns.

High points here are almost too numerous to mention, including the Motown influenced "Don't Get Me Wrong" (which spawned a charming video with Hynde intercut with her idol Patrick Macnee in footage from TV's' "The Avengers,"), the exquisite Christmas song "2000 Miles," the chiming, Byrdish "Talk of the Town," and (best of all) the killer garage rocker "Middle of the Road." There are also some great covers, including two Ray Davies songs, a fun version of Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" with UB40, and a take on the Persuaders' "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" that allows Hynde to show of her 70s soul roots. Bottom line: Greatest Hits albums don't come any better.

Track Listing:

Stop Your Sobbing
Brass In Pocket
Talk Of The Town
I Go To Sleep
Day After Day
Message Of Love
Back On The Chain Gang
Middle Of The Road
2000 Miles
Show Me
Thin Line Between Love And Hate
Don't Get Me Wrong
Hymn To Her
My Baby
I Got You Babe - (with UB40)

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  • Store location: Upper Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

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