No Exit

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Barnes & Noble - Martin Johnson
Reunions make for great hype, but -- with very few exceptions -- nostalgia is better on tour than on disc. Blondie's comeback release, NO EXIT, adds weight to that tenet. The group picks up where it left off, which is fine for those yearning for 1982. Part of the group's original charm was its eclecticism, but in the nearly two decades since they last mattered, Blondie's optimistic variety of dilettantism has come to look naive and simplistic. Why revive that? The other aspects of Blondie fare better: Clem Burke's drumming has grown enormously since those "Heart of Glass" days, and Debbie Harry's singing maintains a cheerful insolence. Yet as they hopscotch from ...
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Barnes & Noble - Martin Johnson
Reunions make for great hype, but -- with very few exceptions -- nostalgia is better on tour than on disc. Blondie's comeback release, NO EXIT, adds weight to that tenet. The group picks up where it left off, which is fine for those yearning for 1982. Part of the group's original charm was its eclecticism, but in the nearly two decades since they last mattered, Blondie's optimistic variety of dilettantism has come to look naive and simplistic. Why revive that? The other aspects of Blondie fare better: Clem Burke's drumming has grown enormously since those "Heart of Glass" days, and Debbie Harry's singing maintains a cheerful insolence. Yet as they hopscotch from lounge to faux country to the obligatory rap featuring Coolio, there's a sense that this recording is little more than a PLASTIC LETTERS for the new millennium.
All Music Guide - Becky Byrkit
Once you've cherished Blondie you never really go back, even if for half of your life you must cherish them out of forgiveness, or just plain heartfelt concern. Debbie Harry loves to make curious decisions about her music, and it's always important to listen to her work carefully and several times while trying to keep her performance in John Waters' Hairspray either firmly in, or out, of your mind as you do. In the old days, Harry and her guys covered terrific old blues and trippy, backwater pieces, popped up and pretty, punkified, otherwise unremarkable rock tunes, and flat out treated us to a show, whether live or Memorex. No Exit is a gritty downtown incarnation that almost sounds like a cutting room castaway, filled with raw and abject moments and digressions that suggest an improvised, irrelevant feel. The talkative "Screaming Skin" is a lyrically confused, stream of consciousness piece that sounds as if it was written on a paper bag on the subway -- and some people really like this stuff. But some of the instrumental tracks have the veneer of an afterthought, particularly in the percussion department. Miss Debbie is always at her rockin' finest when futzing with the blues and country, really, which she does on most of the latter half of the disc like the consummate, crazy pro that she is. If nothing else, No Exit is a testament to authentic rock and roll durability, and, well, the abiding "wow" that is Debbie Harry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Eleven Seven Music
  • UPC: 846070020025
  • Catalog Number: 200
  • Sales rank: 50,408

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blondie Primary Artist, Group
James Chance Saxophone
Debbie Harry Group Member
Candy Dulfer Saxophone
Cassell Webb Background Vocals
Jimmy Destri Group Member
Helen Hooke Violin
Robert Aaron Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Clem Burke Group Member
Rick Davies Trombone
Donna Destri Background Vocals
Leigh Foxx Bass Guitar
Kenny Fradley Trumpet
Jeffrey Lee Pierce Background Vocals
Chris Stein Group Member
Nancy West Background Vocals
Frank Pagano Percussion
Leigh Fox Bass Guitar
Paul Carbonara Guitar
Aaron Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rick Davies & Jazzismo Trombone
Technical Credits
Debbie Harry Composer
Craig Leon Producer, Engineer
Coolio Contributor
Milton Chan Engineer
Steve Hall Mastering
John Wydrycs Engineer
Ian Blanch Engineer
Tal Miller Engineer
Rik Simpson drum programming
John Tamburello Technical Crew
Michael Block Technical Crew
Robbie Roth Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enter Blondie...again

    Blondie's return to the pop market was a welcome deserving of open arms. Deborah Harry and the Blondie boys defined the new wave era and led the way for many alternative rock-pop bands to follow. Unfortunately, "No Exit" doesn't fully deliver. The CD is not a bad release by any means, but many of the Blondie die-hards would crave the pop blended material of the earlier days, and their comeback release focuses on much of the stylistic departure that eventually trod all over them. I think "No Exit" would have been perfect as a follow up CD after a more pop-oriented return. The gem from this release is undoubtably the single "Maria," and the CD should have more of that sound. "Night Wind Sent" is a wonderfully crafted ballad with Deborah's classic poetic lyrics, and her vocal range is greater than ever. Listening to Deborah's glossy voice is like revisiting an old friend. Still, the missing element from this CD is the combination of dance grooves and pop hooks that Blondie could have easily tossed into the mainstream again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blondie's Welcomed Return

    It was 16 years since the release of a all new material album by legendary rock group BLONDIE, and it was well worth the wait. This album gave us the the comeback song ''Maria'', if this song is not the catchest rock song ever, I don't know what is. It's sexy and with that pulsating new wave beat, Maria was familiar and yet so fresh. After debuting at #1 in the UK, the first Artist in British History to score a #1 song in 3 consecutive decades, Blondie made history once again. The standout tracks on No Exit are ''Out in the streets, Screaming Skin, Maria and Night Wind Sent''. Night wind Sent is one of the most beautiful pop songs ever, truly a touching ballad. No Exit is a defintive selection to have in your music collection.

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