The Pretender was released after the suicide of Browne’s first wife, Phyllis Major. The album has production by Jon Landau and a mixture of styles.
The Pretender is the fourth album by the American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1976.
The album was certified as a gold record in 1976 and platinum in 1977 by the RIAA. It reached multi-platinum in 1997 and 2006.
It peaked at No. 5 on Billboard’s album chart. The two singles from the album “Here Come Those Tears Again”, reached No. 23, and “The Pretender”, which peaked at No. 58.
The title track was used in the 1995 film Mr. Holland’s Opus.