Stockholm review – Chrissie Hynde plays safe with her solo debut

1985 Roeland de Bruyn - Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders

Anyone hoping for Chrissie Hynde's first solo record to deliver something in the way of personal insight will be disappointed.

She has talked its significance down in interviews, and the lyrics reflect on love lost and found in such generalised terms that on You're the One, she concedes that she's trotting out love-poem cliches.

There's enough character and cool in that husky voice that she can trot out what she wants and almost get away with it, and co-writer Björn Yttling brings some extra zip to the mid-tempo power pop, but you're still left wishing for something a little more revealing and bold.

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