The Pretenders   Pretenders II
Release Date: 1981

 Ratings (34) Give your Rating

4.0 excellentRobbit | November 26th 16

PRETENDERS II is an excellent album when appraised on its own merits, but does fall a little short in recapturing the magic of their
fantastic debut. I can vividly remember hearing the entire album debuted on an Albany, NY FM station in August 1981 and was quite
excited about this release. My initial feeling at the time was that the album started quite strong, but the songs on the second
half were't quite as potent, yet still enjoyable.

Once you’ve located all of those reasons why PRETENDERS II isn’t equally as powerful as their debut, you may also begin to realize
that it is still quite a fine record. The early singles “Message Of Love” and “Talk Of The Town” are obvious highlights. Chrissie
Hynde’s lyrics are still quite alluring on the opening cuts “The Adulteress” and “Bad Boys Get Spanked” or even wryly amusing on
“Pack It Up”. “Day After Day”, a song about the seemingly never ending grind of touring, is another fine hard rocker showcasing
some nice guitar work from James Honeyman-Scott. The ballads “I Go To Sleep” and “Birds Of Paradise” are so mellow they could
easily serve as lullaby’s, but provide some balance to the album.

Time has only made me grow fonder of this album, especially given that this was the final artistic statement by the original
incarnation of The Pretenders lineup. Losing Pete Farndon and James Honeyman-Scott both to drug overdoses within a year still seems
unfathomable. There was a wonderful chemistry here within the original band that would be forever lost to us with these dual
tragedies. Therefore, I'm thankful to have this final full length album to mark the final days of the original band.


3.5 greatevilmangoes | April 19th 17
4.5 superbTwigTW | November 18th 16
4.0 excellentMrOblivion | November 22nd 15
4.0 excellentcollynas441 | September 29th 15
5.0 classicshea4197 | September 11th 15
4.0 excellentAnalogart | July 25th 15
3.5 greatClairebear531 | June 28th 15
4.0 excellentHep Kat | March 14th 15
4.5 superbNecrotica | February 13th 15
5.0 classicDrDom | October 24th 14
5.0 classicemptyblackbox | August 28th 14
4.0 excellentMuisc4Life26 | February 22nd 14
3.0 goodGetOutOfMyHouse | November 21st 13
4.5 superbdjbytes | July 25th 13
3.0 goodKaramazov | January 12th 13
5.0 classicthecountlugosi | December 19th 12
4.5 superbMac666 | November 29th 12
4.0 excellentrevolution1 | October 15th 12
4.0 excellentplato66 | October 13th 12
5.0 classicguiron44 | April 21st 12
4.0 excellentSteedo | March 12th 12
3.5 greatJerzyNebraska | February 8th 12
5.0 classicCleftPalate | February 8th 12
4.0 excellentbonus | December 27th 11
4.5 superbKaliMa | June 29th 11
4.0 excellentzosofellini | March 3rd 11
5.0 classicablazeinmynorthernhi | February 12th 11
4.0 excellentTamraGrace | October 29th 10
4.0 excellentDickGraves | September 15th 10
3.5 greatcitymonkey | May 4th 10
4.5 superbmarx1102 | July 31st 09
4.0 excellentSTOP SHOUTING! | March 26th 09
4.5 superbSteeed

Give Your Opinion on Pretenders II

You have to be logged in to rate this album Login | Create a Profile


Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Site Copyright 2005-2017
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy