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Alone is the first Pretenders album in eight years and was recorded in Nashville, TN. Originally intended as a solo follow-up to 2014's Stockholm, it soon became obvious that those driving guitars, ragged-but-righteous arrangements, tough-yet tender lyrics delivered by the most beautifully distinctive voice of a generation, sounded fantastically familiar — The Pretenders were back. Thirty six years after their remarkable first album, Alone could be the older, wiser, badder sister to that exhilarating debut.
Hynde recorded Alone with Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys who stood as captain, producer and multi-instrumentalist on the record, an album which sees Hynde at her searingly honest, most incisive best. The band joining Hynde and Auerbach on the album features Johnny Cash's former bass player Dave Roe and country rocker Kenny Vaughan on guitar plus sundry members of Dan Auerbach's side project The Arcs: Richard Swift, drums; Leon Michels, keyboards; and Russ Pahl providing sly curlicues of pedal steel. The album was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello). Duane Eddy also features on the punchy "Never Be Together." Of the new album, Hynde said: "This record is what I love the most -- real people playing real music."