Hear Chrissie Hynde’s jazzy take on The Kinks’ “No Return”

    The Pretenders frontwoman has a new covers album on the way.

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    Chrissie Hynde. Image: Jill Furmanovsky

    Rock icon Chrissie Hynde has covered The Kinks’ “No Return” for her new solo album, Valve Bone Woe. The Pretenders frontwoman injects whirling Brazilian-meets-jazz flair into the 1967 track, which was chosen by her producer Marius de Vries.

    It’s the third Kinks-related song Hynde has covered over the course of her career: The Pretenders recorded “Stop Your Sobbing” as their debut single in 1980, and later on the unreleased Ray Davies composition “I Go to Sleep.” Hynde and Davies had a daughter together in 1983, making this cover a sort-of family affair.

    Besides “No Return,” Valve Bone Woe also features covers of Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You”, “Wild is the Wind” by Johnny Mathis, John Coltrane’s “Naima” and Brian Wilson’s “Caroline, No” amongst others.

    “The real point of the record was I wanted to sing songs that had a lot of melody,” Hynde told Billboard. “It’s just more fun to sing melodies than to keep singing the same things. I think there’s a dearth of melody in modern music; they just seem to repeat one line and it goes on and on and on and doesn’t really go anywhere.”

    The album arrives next Friday. Listen to Hynde’s cover of “No Return” below: