The Pretenders - Pretenders II (1981/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

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The Pretenders - Pretenders II (1981/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Pretenders - Pretenders II (1981/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 46:32 minutes | 1,88 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 47:09 minutes | 1,03 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Pretenders II", released in 1981, rose to #10 in Billboard, and delivered the hit single "The Adultress". It also featured the band's signature classics: "Message Of Love", "Talk Of The Town" and "Pack It Up"; plus, another sublime cover of The Kinks' "I Go To Sleep" by Ray Davies. "Pretenders II" was eventually certified gold in 2001.

The Pretenders' debut album was such a powerful, monumental record that its sequel was bound to be a bit of a disappointment, and Pretenders II is. Essentially, this album is an unabashed sequel, offering more of the same sound, attitude, and swagger, including titles that seem like rips on their predecessors and another Ray Davies cover. This gives the record a bit too much of a pat feeling, especially since the band seems to have a lost a bit of momentum – they don't rock as hard, Chrissie Hynde's songwriting isn't as consistent, James Honeyman-Scott isn't as inventive or clever. These all are disappointments, yet this first incarnation of The Pretenders was a tremendous band, and even if they offer diminished returns, it's still diminished returns on good material, and much of Pretenders II is quite enjoyable. Yes, it's a little slicker and more stylized than its predecessor, and, yes, there's a little bit of filler, yet any album where rockers as tough as "Message of Love" and "The Adultress" are balanced by a pop tune as lovely as "Talk of the Town" is hard to resist. And when you realize that this fantastic band only recorded two albums, you take that second album, warts and all, because the teaming of Hynde and Honeyman-Scott was one of the great pairs, and it's utterly thrilling to hear them together, even when the material isn't quite up to the high standards they set the first time around.


01 - The Adultress
02 - Bad Boys Get Spanked
03 - Message Of Love
04 - I Go To Sleep
05 - Birds Of Paradise
06 - Talk Of The Town
07 - Pack It Up
08 - Waste Not Want Not
09 - Day After Day
10 - Jealous Dogs
11 - The English Roses
12 - Louie Louie

Analyzed: Pretenders / Pretenders II

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR11 -0.58 dB -13.40 dB 3:58 01-The Adultress
DR11 -1.43 dB -14.28 dB 4:07 02-Bad Boys Get Spanked
DR10 -0.87 dB -14.59 dB 3:28 03-Message Of Love
DR12 -3.79 dB -18.53 dB 2:57 04-I Go To Sleep
DR11 -0.59 dB -15.33 dB 4:16 05-Birds Of Paradise
DR11 -0.50 dB -13.73 dB 2:46 06-Talk Of The Town
DR11 -0.75 dB -14.18 dB 3:51 07-Pack It Up
DR13 -0.92 dB -15.84 dB 3:45 08-Waste Not Want Not
DR10 -1.00 dB -13.15 dB 3:47 09-Day After Day
DR12 -0.41 dB -15.36 dB 5:37 10-Jealous Dogs
DR11 -0.88 dB -14.36 dB 4:30 11-The English Roses
DR11 -0.74 dB -13.59 dB 3:30 12-Louie Louie

Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5580 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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