Pollinator Blondie

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Album-Release:
2017

HRA-Release:
05.05.2017

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  • 1Doom or Destiny02:54
  • 2Long Time04:35
  • 3Already Naked04:06
  • 4Fun04:19
  • 5My Monster03:29
  • 6Best Day Ever03:58
  • 7Gravity03:47
  • 8When I Gave Up on You04:02
  • 9Love Level04:19
  • 10Too Much03:08
  • 11Fragments06:57
  • Total Runtime45:34

Info for Pollinator



Blondie returns with 11th studio album ‘Pollinator’ lighting up 2017 with an incredible new record befitting one of the world’s greatest bands.

Pollinator has been two years in the making and follows on from 2014's 40th anniversary celebrations and the subsequent release of Ghosts Of Download. Alongside original band members Chris Stein, Debbie Harry and drummer Clem Burke, the album also features contributions from: Johnny Marr, Sia, Dev Hynes, Charli XCX, Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), Nick Valensi (The Strokes) and The Gregory Brothers.

„Pollinator is only their eleventh studio album in over 40 years, but despite this stop-start history, the band have maintained a distinctive sound. This aesthetic is employed with pleasing results on Pollinator –an album which, as with much of the band’s best work, manages to be breezy yet bolshie.

A few key, aural signifiers link Pollinator to the band’s most recognisable work: bubbling synths that double Debbie Harry’s understated but catchy melodies, and hi-hats used with welcome gratuity. The strongest cuts from the album are concentrated in its first half. Lead single Long Time is somehow both sardonic and yearning, and manages to feel thoroughly Blondie without coming across as derivative. The sparkling Fun taps into pop’s renewed appreciation of disco, with Nile Rodgers-esque guitars and a two-part chorus. Gravity, contributed by Charli XCX, is another clear standout, packed with the teasing, ball-busting attitude that Charli and Harry share.

The album’s weakness is its lyrical content. Trite metaphors and overly-familiar themes mean that some songs are carried purely by their melodic strength. But at its strongest, Pollinator proves that Blondie remain more than capable of producing music that’s confident, fresh and effortlessly cool.“ (John Rowley, Beat)

Debbie Harry, vocals
Chris Stein, guitar
Clem Burke, drums
Leigh Foxx, bass
Matt Katz-Bohen, keyboards
Tommy Kessler, guitar
Additional musicians:
Nick Valensi, guitar

Recorded 2015–17 at The Magic Shop, New York City
Produced by John Congleton



Blondie
is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s. Its first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including "Call Me", "Rapture" and "Heart of Glass" and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, reggae, and early rap music.

Blondie broke up after the release of its sixth studio album The Hunter in 1982. Debbie Harry continued to pursue a solo career with varied results after taking a few years off to care for partner Chris Stein, who was diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin. The band re-formed in 1997, achieving renewed success and a number one single in the United Kingdom with "Maria" in 1999, exactly 20 years after their first UK No.1 single ("Heart of Glass".

The group toured and performed throughout the world during the following years, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide and is still active. The band's tenth studio album Ghosts of Download, was released in 2014 and their eleventh Pollinator will be released on May 5, 2017.

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