Rhino/Warner Bros.
Release date
3 Aug 2004
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Pretenders - Precious 3:36 29,114
2 The Pretenders - The Phone Call 2:29 20,312
3 The Pretenders - Up The Neck 4:27 19,153
4 The Pretenders - Tattooed Love Boys 2:59 37,445
5 The Pretenders - Space Invader 3:26 25,176
6 The Pretenders - The Wait 3:35 25,652
7 Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing 2:38 9,760
8 Pretenders - Kid 3:04 8,935
9 The Pretenders - Private Life 6:25 21,718
10 The Pretenders - Brass in Pocket 3:04 176,141
11 The Pretenders - Lovers Of Today 5:51 17,112
12 The Pretenders - Mystery Achievement 5:23 19,185

About this album

Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders’ eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude. Although Chrissie Hynde establishes herself as a forceful and distinctively feminine songwriter, the record isn’t a singer/songwriter’s tour de force — it’s a rock & roll album, powered by a unique and aggressive band. Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott never plays conventional riffs or leads, and his phased, treated guitar gives new dimension to the pounding rhythms of “Precious,” “Tattooed Love Boys,” “Up the Neck,” and “The Wait,” as well as the more measured pop of “Kid,” “Brass in Pocket,” and “Mystery Achievement.” He provides the perfect backing for Hynde and her tough, sexy swagger. Hynde doesn’t fit into any conventional female rock stereotype, and neither do her songs, alternately displaying a steely exterior or a disarming emotional vulnerability. It’s a deep, rewarding record, whose primary virtue is its sheer energy. Pretenders moves faster and harder than most rock records, delivering an endless series of melodies, hooks, and infectious rhythms in its 12 songs. Few albums, let alone debuts, are ever this astonishingly addictive. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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  • Runoflife

    A very intresting album, probably their best.

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • temujin1234

    This is a lot better than I remember...

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • GaryExo

    What is all this "The Pretenders" nonsense? "The" is nowhere to be found on this album.

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • zeppyfish

    From the vinyl liner notes: "This album has a longer running time than most average LP's therefore to achieve maximum effect PLAY THIS ALBUM LOUD."

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • EMartins11

    The Audio Fidelity Gold CD is amazing! Great album.

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Costelongue

    Marrying punk, pop, rock in such a brilliant way. The jewel thet everybody should have listened to one time at least.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Klaryssah

    Great Album .

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Oh yeah, killer album, alright...but, uh, "downhill", Mr. Stretchead? Aren't you forgetting Learning to Crawl?

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Stretchead

    Yep, this is certainly a fantastic LP but unfortunately it did go downhill from this. Shame that some recordings are not from the original version though- typical for lastfm

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • jayakiran

    In my top 5 favourite albums ever.

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • android1985

    Absolutely essencial.

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ashrafoe

    The Wait----such RocknRoll snarl----awesome. 2nd fave Mystery Achievement. 3rd Lovers.....GREAT album.

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • foxyluva

    In my top 5 favourite albums ever.

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • cloecll

    precious is damming so good

    22 Oct 2009 Reply
  • baumandm

    I agree with all prior shouts about the essential-ness of this album. What a classic..

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • johol

    One of mine top-twenty albums of all times!

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • jemptymethod

    what a blend of punk and pop!

    13 Aug 2008 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    The guitar playing is great throughout. Some really kickass tunes.

    25 Jun 2008 Reply
  • johnnynuxxx

    Some good stuff here.

    8 Apr 2008 Reply
  • theyankees

    This album is one of the best albums of all time.

    14 Mar 2008 Reply
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