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Christgau Consumer Guide

Blondie

by Robert Christgau on September 23, 1978


BLONDIE

“PARALLEL LINES”

[Chrysalis, 1978]


As unlikely as it seemed three years ago, they’ve actually achieved their synthesis of the Dixie Cups and the Electric Prunes — their third is as close to God as pop-rock albums ever get, or got. Closer, actually — even on side two every song generates its own unique, scintillating glitz. What seems at first like a big bright box of hard candy turns out to have guts, feeling, a chewy center, and Deborah Harry’s vocal gloss reveals nooks of compassion and sheer physical give that makes the protagonists of these too-too modern fragments seem as tragic (or untragic) as those of any other epoch. Plus, the band really New Yawks it up — try the chorus of “Just Go Away.” 

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