Viva el Amor

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¡Viva el Amor!
Studio album by The Pretenders
Released June 22, 1999
Genre Alternative rock
Length 45:05
Label Warner Bros.
WEA Records
Producer Stephen Hague, Stephen Street
The Pretenders chronology
The Isle of View
(1995)
Viva el Amor
(1999)
Loose Screw
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC (average)[2]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[3]
Melody Maker 4/5 stars[4]
People (favorable)[5]
Robert Christgau A−[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]

¡Viva El Amor! (Spanish for Long Live Love) is the seventh studio album by the rock band The Pretenders, released in 1999. The band's lineup for the album is the same as that credited on 1994's Last of the Independents: Chrissie Hynde (vocals, guitar) Martin Chambers (drums), Andy Hobson (bass) and Adam Seymour (guitar). This time, however, the credited line-up actually plays on most of the album, although Hobson is replaced on bass by session musicians on a few cuts.

Viva, featuring a cover photograph of Hynde taken by friend Linda McCartney, saw moderate success in the United States and the United Kingdom. Its two lead singles were "Popstar" and "Human", the latter a Divinyls cover. The "Class Mix" of "Human" was used as the theme music to the short-lived American TV series Cupid as well as featuring in the soundtrack to Brenda Blethyn movie "Saving Grace" but the album flopped in both UK, US and Sweden

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Popstar" (Chrissie Hynde, Adam Seymour) – 3:34
  2. "Human" (Shelly Peiken, Mark McEntee) – 3:55
  3. "From the Heart Down" (Hynde, Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly) – 3:31
  4. "Nails in the Road" (Hynde, Steinberg, Kelly) – 3:25
  5. "Who's Who" (Hynde) – 4:11
  6. "Dragway 42" (Hynde) – 5:19
  7. "Baby's Breath" (Hynde, Steinberg, Kelly) – 3:15
  8. "One More Time" (Hynde) – 3:15
  9. "Legalise Me" (Hynde) – 3:51
  10. "Samurai" (Hynde) – 4:43
  11. "Rabo de Nube" (Silvio Rodríguez) – 1:26
  12. "Biker" (Hynde) – 4:40

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Jeff Beck appears courtesy of Epic Records

String arrangements: John Metcalfe

The Duke Quartet are:

Production[edit]

Recorded and mixed at:

The Townhouse Studio - London
Sarm West Studio - London, RAK Studio - London
Bearsville Sound Studio - Bearsville NY
Innovation Studios - London

Mastered by Ian Cooper at Metropolis Studio - London

Engineered by Julie Gardner, Richard Norris, David Boucher, Doug Wynne

Produced by:

Stephen Hague (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11)
Stephen Street (Tracks 3, 6, 7, 10, 12)

Track 2 remix and additional production by Tin Tin Out for Empire Management, executive producer Rob Dickins

Mixed by:

Bob Clearmountain (Tracks 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Stephen Hague and Richard Norris (Tracks 1 and 5)

Cover photo: Linda McCartney. Inner sleeve photos: Mary McCartney. Artwork: Michael Nash Associates.

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