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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 calculatingly 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, very few fans 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...
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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 calculatingly 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, very few fans 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 and 1999, rap-metal, trance, and bubblegum pop ruled the charts and all three styles clumsily found their way on to No Exit. But by 2003, bands like the Sounds and the Rapture were getting big doing virtually the exact same thing that Blondie had been doing 25 years earlier, and that set the stage for them to release The Curse, 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. [This title is also available in the DVD/Audio Dualdisc format.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Silverline
  • UPC: 676628459928
  • Catalog Number: 284599

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 (4:05)
  10. 10 The Tingler (3:52)
  11. 11 Last One in the World (4:30)
  12. 12 Diamond Bridge (4:07)
  13. 13 Desire Brings Me Back (5:31)
  14. 14 Songs of Love (For Richard) (6:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shakedown
  2. 2 Good Boys
  3. 3 Undone
  4. 4 Golden Rod
  5. 5 Rules for Living
  6. 6 Background Melody (The Only One)
  7. 7 Magic (Asadoya Yunta)
  8. 8 End to End
  9. 9 Hello Joe
  10. 10 The Tingler
  11. 11 Last One in the World
  12. 12 Diamond Bridge
  13. 13 Desire Brings Me Back
  14. 14 Songs of Love
  15. 15 Good Boys
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blondie Primary Artist
Debbie Harry Vocals
Jimmy Destri Keyboards
Clem Burke Drums
Norty Cotto Musician
Leigh Foxx Bass
Kevin Montgomery Musician
Chris Stein Guitar
Richard Stockton Musician
Art Smith Musician
John DeChristopher Musician
Paul Carbonara Guitar
Jimmi K. Bones Musician
Luisa Bustamante Musician
Steve Lobmeier Musician
Jannelle Guillot Voiceover
John Good Musician
Steve Badalaman Musician
Technical Credits
Debbie Harry Composer
Jimmy Destri Composer
Craig Leon Producer
Roy Ashby Composer
Jeff Bova Producer
Leigh Foxx Composer
Kevin Griffin Composer
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
John Trickett Executive Producer
Craig Bartock Composer
Danny Bernini Engineer
Howie Beno Programming
Allen Kovac Executive Producer
James Mazlen Programming
Sean Spuehler Programming
Bob Michaels Executive Producer
Adrian Van Velsen Mastering
Jeff Dean Executive Producer
Jonas Akerlund Director
Eddie Escalante Authoring
Kehni Davis Quality Control
Gretchen Langheld Composer
Nicola Doring Producer
Greg Deutelbaum Direction, Product Development
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