Not only did Chrissie Hynde record my song ‘Death Is Not Enough’ and include it on the latest Pretenders album ‘Alone’, she’s been playing it as her first encore when headlining on the band’s recent US tour. Here’s a different version of her performing the song, this time in her home town, at the EJ Thomas Hall, Akron, Ohio!

 

Sam Gnerre wrote in the Los Angeles Daily News: “But it’s her version of British songwriter Marek Rymaszewski’s dark love song, “Death Is Not Enough”, that turns out to be the album’s most stunning track. Hynde sings the hypnotic chorus softly against an understated arrangement that creates a haunting atmosphere seemingly by accident, her voice fading away into the echo as the song ends.”

And good to see Robert Whitford posting in reaction to the video: “This should be the next single, a ballad worthy of Kid, bittersweet, its sadness is like a lament, a fallow kiss.”  Nice one, Robert!

Check out the original version in Sounds below!

I’m very proud that Chrissie Hynde recorded my song ‘Death Is Not Enough’ on the latest Pretenders album ‘Alone’. Here she is performing the song at the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey!

 

John Lewis reviewed the album in ‘Uncut’: “Best of all might be the album’s closing ballad, “Death Is Not Enough”.  It’s the one song not written by Hynde herself: it was initially written by her friend Marek Rymaszewski as a string-drenched miniature.  But, in the same way that she transformed Ray Davies’ “I Go To Sleep”, Hynde completely owns this song, re-creating it as a heart-stopping power ballad that could provide the sensational climax to a funeral.  ALONE starts with a celebration of loneliness and ends with a celebration of death.  It’s a wonderfully bloody-minded riposte to the clichés of rock’n’roll from one of the genre’s undersung greats.”

Check out the original version in Sounds below!