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While THE SINGLES may misrepresent The Pretenders, concentrating as it does on their jangly, radio friendly material rather than their punkier, proto-Riot Grrrl fare, there isn't a track here that fails to delight. Of course, it helps that Chrissie Hynde is arguably the most emotionally compelling female pop vocalist of the second half of the 20th century. But THE SINGLES also proves something that's too often overlooked--that Hynde is the first distaff rocker whose songwriting can stand comparison with the genre's biggest guns.
High points here are almost too numerous to mention, including the Motown influenced "Don't Get Me Wrong" (which spawned a charming video with Hynde intercut with her idol Patrick Macnee in footage from TV's' "The Avengers",), the exquisite Christmas song "2000 Miles", the chiming, Byrdish "Talk of the Town", and (best of all) the killer garage rocker "Middle of the Road". There are also some great covers, including two Ray Davies songs, a fun version of Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" with UB40, and a take on the Persuaders' "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" that allows Hynde to show of her 70s soul roots. Bottom line: Greatest Hits albums don't come any better.

Track Listings
Discs 1
1)Stop Your Sobbing
3)Brass In Pocket
4)Talk Of The Town
5)I Go To Sleep
6)Day After Day
7)Message Of Love
8)Back On The Chain Gang
9)Middle Of The Road
10)2000 Miles
11)Show Me
12)Thin Line Between Love And Hate
13)Don't Get Me Wrong
14)Hymn To Her
15)My Baby
16)I Got You Babe
17)What You Gonna Do About It

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