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Chrissie Hynde is not so adventurous with solo debut Stockholm

After 35 years with the Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde wants to make you see that there's nobody else here like her, and that she's special – so special. Unfortunately, with all the fuss about Stockholm being the 62-year-old rocker's solo debut, the competently made but not crazily compelling disc sounds like yesterday, mostly.

You or No One is girl-group stuff right out of Phil Spector's playbook, while A Plan Too Far calls Tommy Tutone collect at 867-5309 for its rhythmic inspiration. Neil Young drops in for a grungy guitar cameo, but

elsewhere the disc sounds like a less-punchier Pretenders record.

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For someone finally stepping out on her own – though it's hard to say how much collaboration actually went on between the singer-songwriter and her long-time band – Hynde is not as adventurous as you might expect. She might want to take the brass out of her pocket, because it's weighing her down.

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