“The Buzz” follows, a melodic power pop gem in the spirit of “Kid.” The buzzsaw guitars return on “Turf Accountant Daddy,” a song about a man burning the candle at three ends, juggling lovers. “I Didn't Know When to Stop” and “Didn't Want to Be This Lonely” capture a garage band energy and optimism that it's all still in front of them — even for a band already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And try not humming the melody to “Junkie Walk” after hearing it just once.
Singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde sounds as good today as she did in 1979. Her trademark vocal catch, where she inserts a tiny hitch into a one syllable word to draw it out, is on full and frequent display. You'll lu-uhv it, trust me.
Hynde wrote most of the album with guitarist James Walbourne, who also contributes slashing, speedy solos along with perfectly restrained melodic lines, depending on what's needed.