Chrissie Hynde, aka the rock goddess that lead The Pretenders, just returned with a new album accompanied by the Valve Bone Woe ensemble. Hearing the songwriter in a completely different light, the latest release is an album full of cover tracks interpreted her way. Songs by Nick Drake, Frank Sinatra, and even John Coltrane, to name a few, are complimenting the vocalist’s pure emotion throughout the jazz-inspired album.
Initially written by Jimmy Williams and Larry Harrison, “How Glad I Am” kicks the album off with a soulful approach that features Hynde’s vocal tone smoothly leading the way. Made known by Nancy Wilson in 1964, Hynde’s take sways with its pure, chic style. A perfect opener for what seems to be an album full of pleasant surprises. Keeping jazz embedded in the tracks’ arrangement, “Caroline, No” is known for being a stand-out track in The Beach Boys’ discography.
Hynde’s version features a dub-like effect in the structure. Psychedelic and fusing the 60s nostalgic vibe that the original holds, the orchestration beneath the lead vocals leads the intimate direction flowing gently forwards. Composed by Frank Sinatra but covered by endless artists, “I’m a Fool to Want You” is a standout track alone in Valve Bone Woe. Hearing the pure vulnerability in Hynde’s voice bleeds an absolute truth that needed to be said. Feeling that this song is relatable to Hynde and many people around the world, the sleazy nature flows with layers of silk.
“I Get Along Without You Very Well” streams with independence throughout every crack. Written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1938, Hynde’s interaction in this song feel spacious while the orchestral arrangement soothesthe subtle loneliness.
The Kinks’ “No Return” is the next cover track that summits through a beautiful production. Chrissie had a relationship with Ray Davies back in the 80s, so her love for The Kinks is sure to be endless anyway. Adapting the song as her own, the Brazilian vibe that the songwriter implicates oozes with charisma and a colorful new soundscape. It’s no wonder this track has had ultimate praise so far since it was released as a promotional single.
‘It’s like we’ve been transported back to the era of Jazz … this could be the album that brings it back to the limelight.