In a world where models want to be rock stars, rock stars want to be film stars and most celebrities would kill their mothers just to be anything, Chrissie Hynde has never made any attempt or pretence to be anything other than what she is. And what she is, as displayed on an unparalleled collection of truly brilliant records, is one of contemporary music’s greatest songwriters – with a voice that can easily melt your heart and then put it back together again, often within the same song, sometimes within the same line.
Strange, isn’t it, how people take things for granted? Perhaps because Chrissie does ‘being a rock star’ – a female rock star – so effortlessly, so uncompromisingly, it sometimes got forgotten that her actual singing voice puts her near the top of the premier league of rock vocalists. From her very first album where she almost threw away the killer line “I’ll never be like a man in a man’s world” at the fade-out to ‘Lovers of Today’, Chrissie Hynde has a voice that can convey sadness, joy and regret better than almost anyone you can think of.
And now she has made her first solo album.