Album Review: Valve Bone Woe by Chrissie Hynde & the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble
Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics
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Legendary Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde has absolutely nothing to prove here, in the autumn of her career. She's an iconoclast, a revolutionary, a shining light in recorded music for decades. Her raw, attitudinal take on rock 'n' roll led The Pretenders to the top of the charts and 'album of the year' lists. The first Pretenders album is one of the most essential debuts ever - and their first three records contained many of the hits you'll hear on Sunday afternoon rock radio.
C hrissie Hynde has offered up various justifications for her latest record, a collection of jazz-facing covers of classic tracks. One is that she found belated inspiration in her 1994 duet with Frank Sinatra; another is a newfound desire to sing melodies - having recently observed their "decline" in popular music. Or, perhaps, she is simply following the winds of change: according to the Pretenders frontwoman, the "demise of rock" has prompted a jazz resurgence, and she wants in.