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Studio album by The Pretenders
Released 14 May 1990 (UK)
22 May 1990 (US)
Studio London at Air Studios, Mayfair Studios and Abbey Road Studios
Los Angeles at Sunset Sound Factory
Genre Alternative rock, new wave
Length 38:38
Label Sire
WEA Records
Producer Mitchell Froom
The Pretenders chronology
The Singles
(1987)The Singles1987
Last of the Independents
(1994)Last of the Independents1994

Packed! is the fifth album by rock group The Pretenders, released in 1990.

Besides band leader Chrissie Hynde, no other person is pictured anywhere within the album package. At the time the album was recorded, the only remaining official member from the band's previous album was drummer Blair Cunningham, who plays on all tracks, though he is not credited as part of the band. As all other musicians appearing on the album are session musicians, the album can be argued to be de facto solo album by Hynde, only using the Pretenders name to satisfy contractual obligations.[1] However, the lineup that recorded the album has some consistency with past studio lineups of the band: Guitarist Billy Bremner, who had previously played with the band as a session musician on their "Back on the Chain Gang/My City Was Gone" single, appears on most of the tracks, as does bassist John McKenzie, who had played some bass on the band's previous album, Get Close.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[4]
Los Angeles Times3/5 stars[5]
Robert ChristgauA−[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chrissie Hynde, except where noted.

  1. "Never Do That" – 3:19
  2. "Let's Make a Pact" – 3:18
  3. "Millionaires" – 3:04
  4. "May This Be Love" (Jimi Hendrix) – 2:43
  5. "No Guarantee" – 3:49
  6. "When Will I See You" (Hynde, Johnny Marr) – 4:54
  7. "Sense of Purpose" – 3:02
  8. "Downtown (Akron)" – 2:43
  9. "How Do I Miss You" – 4:22
  10. "Hold a Candle to This" – 3:40
  11. "Criminal" – 4:18


Additional personnel


  • Tchad Blake – engineer
  • Geoff Foster, Rob Jaczko, Teo Miller – studio assistants
  • Jill Furmanovsky – photography


  1. ^ "Happy 25th: Pretenders, Packed! - Rhino". 
  2. ^ AllMusic Review
  3. ^ "Pretenders Packed! (Sire) (STAR)(STAR)(STAR) In..." 
  4. ^ "Packed!". 1 June 1990. 
  5. ^ CROMELIN, RICHARD (20 May 1990). "*** PRETENDERS "Packed!" Sire/Warner Bros. : Albums are rated from one star (poor) to five stars (a classic)" – via LA Times. 
  6. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: pretenders". 
  7. ^ "Pretenders: Packed : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 1 October 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007.