By Steve Simels
Updated November 17, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

True or false: Chrissie Hynde has more sheer charisma and talent than any woman in rock history. After watching The Isle of View, a video souvenir companion to her band’s new semi-unplugged CD, sensible people might well answer ”true.” Here, Hynde not only oozes cool but also sings the daylights out of a 17-song catalog as strong as that of any rock writer extant. And adding the Duke Quartet to the Pretenders’ lineup was a master stroke; the resulting sound is a chamber-music version of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, and Hynde’s debt to ’60s girl groups has never seemed so gloriously apparent.