Music Review

Isle of view

EW's GRADE
A

The Pretenders Isle of View (Warner Bros.) The last thing the planet needs is another bunch of rock veterans showing their mature side with a live unplugged album. But then, adulthood has always suited Chrissie Hynde just fine, and this set of rearranged hits and album tracks is a gentle stunner, not to mention the best Pretenders album since Learning to Crawl 11 years ago. With their new-wave guitars replaced by radiant strings, oldies like ''Kid'' and ''Criminal'' become melancholy, autumnal pop-like Lulu after too many cigarettes and bourbons. Survival never sounded so luminous. A

Originally posted Oct 27, 1995 Published in issue #298 Oct 27, 1995 Order article reprints