THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
"EAT TO THE BEAT"
This album was Blondie at their peak of their powers, the fourth album seems to get overlooked when fans name their favourite album by the band, most preferring the classic Punk Pop of their previous albums. This was the album that was just superb throughout and the first "video album" that was ever made, where each song had a promo. I was already a fan of the band and of course like very young man at this time I had a big crush on lead singer Debbie Harry!
"Eat To The Beat" should have been the platform for ultimate domination but the next album "Autoamerican" for me was a big disappointment although brave experimentally. This set included the 3 hit singles, the fast uptempo New Wave classic "Dreaming" the atmospheric apocalyptic anthemic number one "Atomic" and "Union City Blue", a light sultry playful number in the usual Blondie style.
"The Hardest Part" is one of my favourite tracks and although wasn't released as a single in the UK it was in USA. A Funky electro sounding uptempo groove with a video that has Debbie in brunette wig, dark shades and a black split dress that oozes sex appeal. Ironically the blonde bombshell became the brunette beauty! It is classic Blondie for a new age.
"Shayla" is a gorgeous slow ballad, almost Motown sounding with a hint of Country guitar playing thrown in for good measure, backing the sweet vocals from Debbie.
"Eat To The Beat" is a manic fast Punk rocker that is similar in composition to "Detroit 442" from "Plastic Letters" while "Accidents Never Happen" has an opening similar to "Maria" on Blondie's comeback album "No Exit" of 1999 and is in the typical Blondie vein, keeping their Punk and New Wave roots.
"Die Young Stay Pretty" is a favourite of mine, its Reggae style suiting Debbie's vocals beautifully. I like the line "deteriorate in your own time", sometimes the stars of today just want to crucify themselves for success and they have nothing to look back on because they're not around anymore.
"Slow Motion" is another Motown style with harmonising backing echoes like the old 60s classics and is followed by a really lovely lullaby-esque track called "Sound-A-Sleep", and trust me you can fall asleep to Debbie's sweet voice quite easily here!
"Victor" is probably my least favourite personally, lots of screaming, chanting and heavy music in the background. Maybe I have just been spoiled with all the great quality tracks here that I missed something I don't know.
"Living In The Real World" ends the album on a high note much like it started. A heavy Rock sound akin to the Runaways or any of the girl Metal bands, top stuff!
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