Review: The Pretenders Team With Dan Auerbach for Brass-Knuckled 'Alone'

Our take on the New Wave icons' 10th album

Dan Auerbach produced the latest from the Pretenders. Credit: Jill Furmanovsky

Chrissie Hynde launched the Pretenders' 1980 debut by telling some hot thing to "fuck off." She reprises the sentiment on the band's 10th studio LP, with "Alone," a cocky celebration of rolling solo. At 65, she's still mouthing off over brass-knuckled rock & roll, flexing command and carnality with no apology. Producer Dan Auerbach embellishes her genre fetishes: "Holy Commotion" quotes the Ronettes; twang-guitar hero Duane Eddy turns up on "Never Be Together." And befitting a memoirist (see last year's Reckless), her introspect is unsparing. "I Hate Myself" is a slow-dancing laundry list of self-loathing.