Parallel Lines (studio album) by Blondie

Parallel Lines by Blondie
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 289th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 908 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 1978 (2nd)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (74th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (289th)
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81/100 (from 908 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.9/100, a mean average of 80.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.3.

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80/100
From 09/06/2022 17:07
Solid record
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85/100
From 06/09/2022 07:20
Very good album, influential for its time, I love One Way Or Another, Picture This and Heart Of Glass, but overall this album is not my thing.
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100/100
From 05/18/2022 03:26
Parallel Lines is a landmark album and more than forty years later it still rocks. Critic Robert Christgau was accurate when he called it "a synthesis of the Dixie Cups and the Electric Prunes"

This album is a killer synthesis of fast-paced rock with the sweetness of old school doo-wop and girl groups. The band and Debbie Harry's vocals have a slight retro sound, coming off as classy rather than musty. I especially love the Crickets / Buddy Holly cover, a very fitting choice for the group.

Harry's vocals are stunning and powerful. She has a confident, gentle delivery with a tasteful ragged edge, very reminiscent of Nanci Griffith.

The influence of Blondie on later bands is easy to spot, especially rock groups with a lead female singer like No Doubt and especially Paramore. Parallel Lines is a pivitol New Wave album.

Essential.

Condensed to a 7" Single:
A-Side: Heart of Glass
B-Side: Picture This
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Rating:  
75/100
From 04/27/2022 13:38
Album Rating: 73.33
(880/12)

1. Hanging On The Telephone. 73
2.One Way Or Another. 78
3.Picture This. 84
4.Fade Away And Radiate. 79
5.Pretty Baby. 71
6.I Know But I Don't Know. 69
7.11:59. 72
8.Will Anything Happen? 69
9.Sunday Girl. 70
10.Heart Of Glass. 78
11.I'm Gonna Love You Too. 67
12.Just Go Away. 70
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80/100
From 01/06/2022 20:11
Aside from a couple of dogs (I Know But I Don’t Know and Just Go Away), this is a really fun and well constructed record. There’s a lyric in 11:59 that captures the mood of the entire album: “Take me down the highway like a rocket to the ocean”.

That’s the essence. Fast, carefree, here to have a good time. Debbie Harry is perfect in the role of the girl who would give you so many headaches but is irresistible nonetheless.
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85/100
From 09/16/2021 16:48
Heart of Glass and One Way or Another are superb, the rest are adequately enjoyable.
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65/100
From 09/08/2021 17:06
decent enough couple of major hits
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85/100
From 02/07/2021 16:25
É divertido, é debochado, muito animado e finge que é despretensioso, mas é! Excelente!
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70/100
From 12/04/2020 18:29
Lovely, atmospheric and danceable pop songs. Overall, 70/100.
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95/100
From 09/09/2020 03:55
Rock? New wave? Punk? Who knows, it's been called all of them, but the one thing I do know. It's bloody brilliant. Magnificent listen from start to finish. Not one filler track amongst them. Some do take a bit of warming up to but all tracks well slotted to make this an all time classic. Nothing else she done comes close.
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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. Parallel Lines by Blondie
3. The Cars by The Cars
4. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
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