The Curse of Blondie

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All Music Guide - Jason Damas
No Exit was a textbook example of everything a reunion album shouldn't be -- sloppily written, dominated by embarrassing attempts to sound current especially the Coolio [!] duet in the metallic title track, and calculatedly commercial. So it's no surprise that when Blondie decided to try again five years later -- when Debbie Harry was actually old enough to be a Golden Girl, few were paying attention and The Curse of Blondie didn't even get a U.S. release. But what's shocking is that this, and not No Exit, is what should've been Blondie's big comeback effort. That isn't to say that The Curse of Blondie is a classic Blondie disc, but it's the first good one since at least ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Damas
No Exit was a textbook example of everything a reunion album shouldn't be -- sloppily written, dominated by embarrassing attempts to sound current especially the Coolio [!] duet in the metallic title track, and calculatedly commercial. So it's no surprise that when Blondie decided to try again five years later -- when Debbie Harry was actually old enough to be a Golden Girl, few were paying attention and The Curse of Blondie didn't even get a U.S. release. But what's shocking is that this, and not No Exit, is what should've been Blondie's big comeback effort. That isn't to say that The Curse of Blondie is a classic Blondie disc, but it's the first good one since at least Autoamerican, and features one of their best-ever singles in "Good Boys." "Good Boys" is prime Blondie the way they should be -- pulsing layers of synthesizers are punctuated by sharp guitar riffs and the whole prize is dressed up in an infectious hook that's one part bubblegum, one part sexy chanteuse. Disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder even mixed the single version, and this alone is a sign that the band is again aware of its strengths and choosing the right collaborators, unlike the turn with Coolio the last time around. The rest of the album doesn't quite live up to the promise of that single, but unlike No Exit, it's largely not embarrassing opening track "Shakedown" aside -- no one needs to hear Debbie Harry rap the lines "I think I'd have a better chance to see the Pope/I got so bored with his schtick and waving a dick/and all his high and mighty sh*t/I'm a witch". All 14 songs are dressed up in Steve Thompson's chic, modern production -- while the album sounds contemporary, it also sounds like classic Blondie. Perhaps this had something to do with the cultural shift that took place between this and the last album -- in 1998/1999, rap-metal, trance, and bubblegum pop ruled the charts and all three clumsily found their way onto No Exit. But by 2003, bands like the Sounds and the Rapture were getting big doing virtually the exact same thing that Blondie had done 25 years earlier, and that set the stage for them to release this, their best album in well over 20 years. That doesn't mean The Curse of Blondie is great -- after all, both No Exit and The Hunter were awful -- and without a widespread release even fewer are likely to hear this. But those who do will probably be pleased to find that Blondie still have some life left.
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Weingarten
Harry's sexy impudence is in full effect. May the curse never wear off. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768466623
  • Catalog Number: 84666

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shakedown (5:05)
  2. 2 Good Boys (4:18)
  3. 3 Undone (4:28)
  4. 4 Golden Rod (5:23)
  5. 5 Rules for Living (5:12)
  6. 6 Background Melody (The Only One) (3:54)
  7. 7 Magic (Asadoya Yunta) (4:05)
  8. 8 End to End (3:59)
  9. 9 Hello Joe (4:06)
  10. 10 The Tingler (3:52)
  11. 11 Last One in the World (4:31)
  12. 12 Diamond Bridge (4:07)
  13. 13 Desire Brings Me Back (5:31)
  14. 14 Songs of Love (For Richard) (6:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blondie Primary Artist
Debbie Harry Vocals
Jimmy Destri Keyboards
Clem Burke Drums
Leigh Foxx Bass
Chris Stein Guitar
James Mazlen Musician
Paul Carbonara Guitar
Jimmi K. Bones Musician
Gretchen Langheld Musician
Technical Credits
Blondie Contributor
Debbie Harry Composer
Jimmy Destri Composer
Craig Leon Producer
Roy Ashby Composer
Jeff Bova Producer
Leigh Foxx Composer
Kevin Griffin Composer, Producer
Roy Hendrickson Engineer
Paul Logus Engineer
George Marino Mastering
Randy Nicklaus Producer
Robert Roth Art Direction
Chris Stein Composer
Steve Thompson Producer
John Vitale Composer
Tom Weir Engineer
Craig Bartock Composer
Danny Bernini Engineer
Howie Beno Programming
Allen Kovac Executive Producer
James Mazlen Programming
Sean Spuehler Programming
Traditional Composer
Gretchen Langheld Composer
John Goodmason Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blondie's best CD! buy it!

    I love this Cd by Blondie, i'm not old enough to remember when they we're huge but know some of thier old stuff, anyway this cd, the Curse is great! i love it, my fav songs are GOOD BOYS, END TO END, RULES FOR LIVING, THE TINGLER, BACKGROUND MELODEY and thier new hot single, Undone, Debbie harry has an amazing voice and if you caught them on A&E last week you know they actually sound alot like thier records, unlike other so called singers who sing to pre recored tracks, buy this cd, its great, fun for drivng and working out too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BLONDIE STILL HAS IT!

    Blondie is back! There new album rocks, it has so many different types of music from rap to jazz. "Good Boys" is a obvious dance favorite, "Undone" and "Golden Rod" are other great rock/pop songs that are your ordinary balls to the wall Blondie, "Last One in The World" is a very Rock song that would make limp biskit want to record it!, "The Tingler" is a really cool song with catchy lyrics!. The CD has a computer playable video for "Good Boys" (Blonde Version). This CD is very musical, lyrical and well, just very Blondie! but go buy the album you will not be disapointed as long as you stay musically and artistically open minded! go get Blondie and listen to the greatest rock/new wave band that had number one hits in the 80's with "Call Me", " Heart Of Glass", "The Tide Is High" and minor hits in 1999 with "Maria" and " Nothing Is Real But The Girl" and today have a dance Billboard hit with "Good Boys"! Blondie Rocks!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enter The Curse

    "The Curse of Blondie" finds the band grounded in their roots from the second of the CD's opening track "Shakedown," a rap metal cut that codes the band's New York ethics as throbbing rock chords provide the backdrop to Debbie venting her frustrations and personal views, mostly on New Jersey. The techno--pop beats and electric guitars make "Good Boys" irresistible from the first listen. And Debbie's still alluring yet always evolving glossy pop vocal help make the song an instant classic. Harry is back in true character form as the girl of innocent vulnerability with a youthful affection for romantic love. Her vocals ooze her trademark pop coolness matched with a mind inquisitive and a heart fragile. Her trademark lyrics, clever and poetic, also make their mark on this album. With "Undone," she draws upon her attraction and anticipation like a reflective poet with "It's like an application, filling in the open spaces." Other noteworthy songs that prove Blondie have remembered their true essence include "Golden Rod," "Magic," "End to End," and stand--out numbers like "Diamond Bridge," and "Hello Joe," Debbie's insightful and poetic tribute to Joey Ramone. Blondie have returned to being the crusaders of pop chic. Some Curse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A LIFELONG BLONDIE FAN!!

    I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH THIS CD. DEBORAH HARRY AND THE BAND SOUND BETTER THAN EVER. I LIKE MOST OF THE SONGS ON THE ALBUM. TO ME, SOME OF THEM SOUND LIKE THEY HAVE SIMILAR INTROS, BUT OVER ALL,THE LYRICS, THE MUSIC AND ESPECIALLY DEBORAH'S VOICE SOUNDS GREAT! I HAVE BEEN A FAN SINCE I WAS ABOUT 8 OR 9 YEARS OLD, AND THIS ALBUM IS EVEN BETTER THAN SOME THAT WERE MADE IN HER HEYDAY! IF YOU'RE A TRUE BLONDIE FAN GO OUT AND BUY THIS ALBUM, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.

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