Album of the Week: Pretenders, Break Up the Concrete
Break Up the Concrete
The past - both Hynde's Akron, Ohio, childhood and her band's 1984 LP Learning to Crawl - is likewise still present on piano-driven midtempo rocker "The Last Ride." A few of the ballads here are a bit too sleepy - unless you're in a Rick Nelson "Lonesome Town" sort of mood - but they're offset by punchy tracks like "Don't Cut Your Hair" and the sneering, Bo Diddley-esque title track that find Hynde is feisty as ever. Concrete will resonate with anyone who first fell in love with Hynde's rootsy side on LTC's "Thumbelina" (and moreso on the reissue's last-call lament "Tequila"). It's good to have her back on the twang gang.
With American Bang, 8 p.m. Saturday, February 28, at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837 or www.hob.com/houston.