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Editorial Reviews

Fidelity!, the gutsy, raw debut album from JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys, is an epic love story, albeit not a conventional one. Everything you need to know about the heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting and fruitful relationship between The Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde and Welsh singer-songwriter JP Jones is contained within Fidelity!'s 11 songs.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Perfect Lover
  2. If You Let Me
  3. Fairground Luck
  4. Australia
  5. Misty Valley
  6. Courage
  7. Leave Me If You Must
  8. Meanwhile
  9. Your Fairground
  10. Never Drink Again
  11. Fidelity!


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2010)
  • 1 edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rocket Science
  • ASIN: B003T05SUK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
First of all, it is important to note that this is not a Pretenders album and should not be approached as such.

I keep on going back and forth with this project like a mad bipolar woman who forgets to take her meds. I really do overreact. Basically because I WANT to LOVE it. I really do. I want to join the majority of my circle of Chrissie-loving friends who think it's an epic masterpiece, possibly the best thing she's ever done, and most of all I want to love it because she has never seemed happier than working with Welsh singer-songwriter JP Jones. Their story is a bittersweet one: with a 27 year age gap, they unexpectedly fell in love, but ultimately broke up due to Jones wanting to start a family, and at 58, Hynde can't give that to him (plus she's been down that road before) so instead they wrote songs for one another and put them on this album, thinking of it as the child they will never have. That alone is enough to make some people cringe.

There's the aspect of their age gap, which, also in itself is enough to make some cringe, but they're both adults, so I'll set that aside. What I'm more concerned about is Chrissie's 30+ year career where she just did not talk about her personal life or the men in it - ask her about it and she'll tell you to eff off, basically. Suddenly, she's not only open about how gaga she is for a man but releases an entire album about it and they publicly seem joined at the hip. I'm no psychology expert, but does anyone else find this 180 a little odd?

But make no mistake, this album isn't about her. It's more about introducing JP Jones. Jones' voice can, in my opinion, be compared to Damien Rice or Glen Hansard (of the Frames, The Swell Season) - in other words, not untalented, just been there, heard that.
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I have been a fan of Chrissie Hynde and the various incarnations of the Pretenders since day one. I understand this is not the Pretenders and as an artist Hyndes has to experiment and expand her horizons. Hyndes voice is as strong and clear as ever on this collection. This is not the case with her collaborator. For some reason the hostility I feel towards JP is overwhelming. His vocals just irritate me to no end. Listening to Hyndes is always a treat for the ears, but when this hack JP sings it ruins the angelic pipes of Ms. Hyndes. A majority of the tunes have a good melody and are catchy. The problem is we have Ms.Hyndes beautiful God given talent singing in key and giving a heartfelt performance and then you have to hear this Tom Waits wanna be chiming in. It just doesnt work.
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Chrissie Hynde is a rock goddess. I think if I saw her in a bar, I'd saunter up to her, too. Which is what happened to JP Jones, a singer of unknown repute until this CD. Seems he and Chrissie had a fling and, once it became apparent that their near 30 year age difference wasn't going to work, they broke it off. But they also decided to make an album about it.

And that album is "Fidelity." It is, believe it or not, the first album Chrissie Hynde has ever released that wasn't under The Pretenders banner. I hate to say this, but it's pretty awful. The soulful, husky voice of Chrissie remains a universal wonder, and when she sings, she still sounds great. JP, on the other hand, has a range of about five notes, and has a problem hitting most of them. When Chrissie opens "Fidelity" with the lament that "I found my perfect lover, but he's only half my age," you can feel that she's still got it as she nears 60. That talent is even more emphasized as soon as JP opens is mouth. He begins interjecting observations into "Perfect Lover" that sound like some joker prank calling the studio and getting caught on-mike.

Which pretty much sums up this album. There are some pretty good songs here just aching to get out ("Your Fairground," "Courage," "Misty Valleys"), but they crash to the dirt every time JP's carny barker donkey-bray hits the speakers. Next to Rufus Wainwright's "All Days are Nights/Songs for Lulu," this album is one of the year's biggest disappointments. Mark JP Jones in your trivia book now.
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Occasionally I come across an album that jumps out of the frame of "recording" and proves to be much more. "Fidelity!" is such an album. The tracks ricochet with energy and passion, swirl romantically around and swing back to the beginning like a troupe of daredevils on trapeze. The allusion to carnivals is a natural one, as the group is formed of J.P. Jones, as Welsh musician raised on the fairground, with the former ensemble known as Grace and the ever-talented Chrissie Hynde. Since all come from different musical backgrounds; the harmony comes more from empathy in spirit and soul as well as dedication to producing the best possible music.

The kick-off single, "If You Let Me," is a passionate, upbeat conversation between JP and Chrissie, each note a dare to the other to continue. Check out the alternate video, which is based on the cult classic film "Let the Right One In;" it's a special treat. Other tracks, like "Perfect Lover" and "Leave Me If You Must," are winsomely heartbreaking but still very engaging. This album will catch you around the waist like a flirt at a party and not let go.
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