Parallel Lines (studio album) by Blondie
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Parallel Lines is ranked as the best album by Blondie.
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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.
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.
Condensed to a 7" Single:
A-Side: Heart of Glass
B-Side: Picture This
Album Rating: 73.33
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
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
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.
Heart of Glass and One Way or Another are superb, the rest are adequately enjoyable.
decent enough couple of major hits
É divertido, é debochado, muito animado e finge que é despretensioso, mas é! Excelente!
Lovely, atmospheric and danceable pop songs. Overall, 70/100.
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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