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Patchy But Must Have For Classics
on May 13, 2002
I get the distinct impression that 'Get Close' tries to be two albums at once. On one hand are the wistful love songs stamped all over with that distinctive Pretenders sound. On the other hand the album tries to explore funk territory, which leads one to believe that Chrissie should stick to what she knows best.
HYMN TO HER is a classic, pure and simple, in my opinion the best track thatChrissie has ever written. Lyrically and musically beautiful. TRADITION OF LOVE is a rousing euphoric rocker, and amazes me why this was never a single. MY BABY, WHEN I CHANGE MY LIFE and DONT GET ME WRONG all gorgeous Pretenders by numbers, altho the latter gets a little too close to being bubblegum, incredibly infectious though. I REMEMBER YOU flirts with reggae and is pleasant enough, altho the three 'funk' tracks, LIGHT OF THE MOON, DANCE and HOW MUCH DID YOU GET FOR YOUR SOUL leave much to be desired. 'How Much' is redeemed by witty bitchy lyrics, but 'Dance' is just plain awful. And altho ROOM FULL OF MIRRORS is okay, I get very uneasy when Jimmi Hendrex is covered. He puts magic into his songs no-one else can so covers will also sound, well inferior.
Be prepared to do alot of skipping on this album, there will be something you hate. Patchy musically and probably the weakest Pretenders albumlyrically (most of the tracks are basically glorified love songs)the good tracks more than redeem the situation.