The Pretender (album)
The Pretender is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1976. It peaked at #5 on Billboard's album chart. The singles from the album were "Here Come Those Tears Again" which reached number 23 and "The Pretender" which peaked at number 58. It was ranked number 391 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
|Studio album by Jackson Browne|
|Jackson Browne chronology|
The Pretender was released after the suicide of Browne's first wife, Phyllis Major. The album features production by Jon Landau and a mixture of styles.
The Pretender was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1978, but did not win. In 2003, the album was ranked number 391 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll says "its sense of despair is derived in part from the suicide of his first wife, Phyllis, in 1976, two and a half years after the birth of their son, Ethan". The single "Here Come Those Tears Again" was credited as co-written with Nancy Farnsworth, Phyllis Major's mother.
The title track was featured in the 1995 film Mr. Holland's Opus.
|Robert Christgau||(B) |
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
In his review for AllMusic William Ruhlmann was equivocal about the album, stating Browne "took a step back from the precipice so well defined on his first three albums, but doing so didn't seem to make him feel any better... The man who had delved so deeply into life's abyss on his earlier albums was in search of escape this time around."
In The Rolling Stone Album Guide, Marc Coleman wrote "...even when his songwriting is sharp, the mellowing trend in his music dulls the impact. Browne eerily predicts the rise of the yuppie on The Pretender's title track, only to have his point undercut by a creeping string section." Music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a B grade, but explained "This is an impressive record, but a lot of the time I hate it; my grade is an average, not a judgment." and "The shallowness of his kitschy doomsaying and sentimental sexism is well-known, but I'm disappointed as well in his depth of craft."
All tracks composed by Browne except where noted.
- "The Fuse" – 5:50
- "Your Bright Baby Blues" – 6:05
- "Linda Paloma" – 4:06
- "Here Come Those Tears Again" (Browne, Nancy Farnsworth) – 3:37
- "The Only Child" – 3:43
- "Daddy's Tune" – 3:35
- "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate" – 2:37
- "The Pretender" – 5:53
- Jackson Browne – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
- John Hall, Albert Lee, Fred Tackett, Waddy Wachtel – acoustic and electric guitars
- Luis Damian – acoustic guitar, harmony vocals
- Lowell George – slide guitar, harmony vocals
- Roberto Gutierrez – guitarron, violin, backing vocals
- David Lindley – fiddle, lap steel guitar
- Roy Bittan, Craig Doerge, Bill Payne, Michael Utley – keyboards
- Bob Glaub, Chuck Rainey, Leland Sklar – bass
- Jim Gordon, Russ Kunkel, Jeff Porcaro – drums
- Gary Coleman – percussion
- Arthur Gerst – harp, backing vocals, musical arrangements
- Chuck Findley – trumpet
- Richard Hyde – trombone
- Jim Horn, Quitman Dennis – saxophones
- Rosemary Butler, David Crosby, Don Henley, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther – harmony vocals
- Producer: Jon Landau
- Engineers: John Haeny, Mark Howlett, Greg Ladanyi
- Assistant engineer: Paul Black
- Mixing: Val Garay, Greg Ladanyi
- Mixing assistant: Dennis Kirk
- Mastering: Bernie Grundman
- Recorder: John Haeny
- Arranger: David Campbell, Arthur Gerst, Jim Horn
- String arrangements: David Campbell
- Assistants: Paul Black, Dennis Kirk
- Management: Mark Hammerman
- Art direction: Gary Burden
- Design: Gary Burden
- Photography: Jackson Browne, Howard Burke
- Cover photo: Tom Kelley
- Notes editing: Jon Landau
Album - Billboard (North America)
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1977||"Here Come Those Tears Again"||Pop Singles||23|
|1977||"The Pretender"||Pop Singles||58|
- RIAA Gold and Platinum award. Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 20, 2010
- Ruhlmann, William. "The Pretender > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
- Christgau, Robert. "The Pretender > Review". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
- Coleman, Mark (2004). "Jackson Browne". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Fireside Books.