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"The Curse of Blondie" CD

Sanctuary Records

Genres: pop/rock, new wave

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Jul 26 - Aug 1 2004

Judging by the reviews of Blondie's other recent albums, The Curse of Blondie is a return to form for Deborah Harry and co.  Although none of these songs carry the same infectious impact as the band's earlier singles, they are - for the most part - pretty impressive rock numbers.

After a mediocre (and creepily hardcore) opening track in "Shakedown," Blondie jumps straight into the fine stuff with "Good Boys," the record's main single.  Using an electronic backbone and a modernized structure somewhat reminiscent of "Call Me," it succeeds by way of some juicy hooks and an immediately infectious chorus.  It's easily one of the catchiest singles I've heard all year.

The rest of The Curse of Blondie struggles to repeat the success of "Good Boys," although many of the songs are quite impressive in their own right.  "Golden Rod," for example, is a tremendously thrilling rock number made for a race-car movie - its smashing rhythm works perfectly with the stunningly memorably guitar-and-vocals melody.  "Magic (Asadoya Yunta)" is another highlight, though in a different vein - it is a lush, dreamy pop tune made perfect by way of cute, lovely vocals.  The tremendous "Last One in the World" is also intensely accessible.

Aside from "Shakedown" and a bizarre exercise in bland free-jazz tomfoolery called "Desire Brings Me Back," The Curse of Blondie is a very entertaining album.  Listen for "Good Boys" on the radio, but by this album for its many other strong songs.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks + video, distributed by Amazon, released 2003]