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Studio album by The Pretenders
Released 14 May 1990 (UK)
22 May 1990 (US)
Recorded 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
Last of the Independents

Packed! is the fifth album by rock group The Pretenders, released in 1990. For this album, the only real member of the group is Chrissie Hynde; no other person is pictured anywhere within the album package, and a rotating cast of session musicians (rather than a set band) is used to back Hynde throughout, essentially making this a de facto solo album by Hynde, only using the Pretenders name to satisfy contractual obligations[citation needed]. However, drummer Blair Cunningham plays on all tracks, though he is not credited as part of the band.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B− link
Los Angeles Times 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A− link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chrissie Hynde, except as 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