Blondie - Pollinator
Reviewed May 8th, 2017
You know how you feel when you buy a new album? Sometimes you put out good $$ and like what you get, while other times, what you pay for leaves you disappointed. This album is a sure bet, you'll be glad you bought it! From start to finish it's among the best out so far this year!
Blondie's career as a band spans decades. Early on their albums were merely vehicles to sell singles. In their early days, there were plenty of singles. Late in their career, there are still singles, but they appeal mostly to adult contemporary audience. The strength of Blondie music today is in how they have matured into a better band.
Now they make great albums, better albums than their early work. Their work today is more polished, with better arrangements. Their music is better performed, with top-notch production.
Most of the new album consists of songs they were offered from artists such as Sia, Charli XCX, Johnny Marr and others. Pollinator features guest contributions from Joan Jett - The Gregory Brothers - John Roberts - Adam Johnston & Laurie Anderson.
Usually when an artist relies too heavily on contributions and collaborations from others their effort fails, but that doesn't happen here. The contributors compliment Blondie, they don't dominate their sound. All of the songs are really strong and this is an album you'll be glad you bought and I'm sure you'll play it over and again. It really is an album where all the songs are strong, from beginning to end, and that's are rare thing to find these days. It's a perfect party album, and if you read other articles about this new album Blondie says they are serious about fun, and with this new effort you will get plenty of that.
Fans can look forward to seeing Blondie and Garbage on the co-headlining "Rage and Rapture Tour" that will run from July 5th in Saratoga, California, and wrapping up on August 12th in Dallas, Texas.
Their single “Fun” was a Number 1 hit back in February.
Other great tracks include, Long Time, Doom or Destiny, My Monster, Gravity and my favorites are the last two songs Fragments that then leads to their hidden bonus track of Tonight.
The hidden track 'Tonight' is in my opinion the best track on the album.