Anyone picking up Alone expecting classic Pretenders may be somewhat disappointed, which is not to say that Alone in any way lacks for quality. With Auerbach taking the helm as producer, and a fine collection of musicians applying themselves in the studio, there’s certainly not a bum-note to be heard but Alone bears far more resemblance to the power-pop of Hynde’s solo work than The Pretenders’ sound of yore. Hynde’s voice has definitely changed over the years, taking on the deeper timbre of age, but there is also a satisfying roughness at the edges added to her vocals, which lends an earnestness to the delivery.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 23rd October 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.