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Valve Bone Woe

Chrissie Hynde & The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble

Valve Bone Woe

Album of jazz classic covers from The Pretenders singer produced by Marius de Vries and Eldad Guetta

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  1. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    It’s a serious, wildly and sometimes radically adventurous reimagining of often obscure entries from the great American songbook and like little you’ve heard or would expect.
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

    Her innate spikiness keeps the schmaltz in check. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A lovingly crafted collection of covers – a surprising, successful new endeavour by an artist evidently still keen to challenge herself
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Hynde’s album of covers is inviting and interesting, thanks to her insouciant attitude
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  5. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Hynde's bittersweet voice has never sounded so bewitching
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    A sharp, sophisticated excursion into mid-century jazz by the Pretenders singer
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  7. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Hynde's default here is swoon and ache. Add her incendiary guitar to Mingus instrumental "Meditation (On A Pair Of Wirecutters)" plus a lovely dubbed-out, spacy "Caroline No" and her one-of-a-kind signature is writ large. Print edition only

  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    On her second solo album, Valve Bone Woe, Chrissie Hynde guides listeners through a journey of eclectic song selection, big orchestral arrangements, and odd sonic architecture
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  9. 6.0 |   Mojo

    It's pleasant but ultimately inessential stuff. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    An alternative Great American Songbook? Approach Valve Bone Woe with open ears and it will bring rich rewards across most of its 14 tracks
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  11. 6.0 |   music OMH

    No matter how classy, considered or stylish the album is, it’s nothing more than a curio, designed for those fans that hang on her every word
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