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The Pretenders are celebrating the release of their 11th studio album, Hate for Sale, with a new video for the stunning soulful ballad, “You Can’t Hurt A Fool.” Hate For Sale was heralded with a number of singles, including “The Buzz,” “Hate For Sale,” “Turf Accountant Daddy,” and “Didn’t Want To Be This Lonely,” all of which are accompanied by official companion videos streaming now at the official Pretenders YouTube channel. Hate For Sale will be available tomorrow, July 17, via BMG on CD, vinyl LP, and at all DSPs.
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Produced by the legendary Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur), Hate For Sale features 10 new songs written by Chrissie Hynde and guitarist James Walbourne – their first full-length songwriting collaboration to date. Furthermore, the album marks the first Pretenders album to feature the band’s longtime touring line-up of Hynde, Walbourne, bassist Nick Wilkinson, and founding drummer Martin Chambers.
“James, Mart, Nick and I have certainly become a well-oiled touring machine but we haven’t always been in the same country or town to accommodate recording schedules,” Hynde says. “Still, I’ve been dying to work with the Pretenders-proper on an album and now I finally have.”
Hate For Sale has already been met with early acclaim in the UK, with London’s Evening Standard declaring in a four-out-of-five starred rave, “It’s been 42 years since The Pretenders formed, yet Hate For Sale marks a debut of sorts – and a triumphant one at that.” “[Hynde] makes the most potent moments here count, writing and singing in a voice that suits the times and the material,” wrote Ultimate Classic Rock. “At one point, Hynde sings the line ‘Don’t play by the rules’ within the context of ‘You Can’t Hurt a Fool.’ But it’s easy to read her career plan in here too, one where compromises are scarce and individuality is treasured. Forty years on from her groundbreaking debut, these things still matter and she’s still got something to say.” “Hynde still sings like a dream,” wrote the Daily Mail, “coolly exuding both strength and sensitivity. After half an hour the album is all over, leaving you with a powerful urge to see The Pretenders live.” “Hate For Sale is half an hour long and it fair crackles its way through its ten tracks,” enthused Metro in its own five-starred rave, “as fine a set of songs as has appeared under Hynde’s imprimatur since the classic Learning To Crawl. From the cacophonous false start of its title number to the unblinking, unsentimental confrontation of hurt in closing piano ballad ‘Crying In Public,’ this album is everything you could want from this band: raw, close, wiry, punchy, electric, instantly memorable.”