Legendary punksters BLONDIE have returned with their long-awaited ninth studio album, PANIC OF GIRLS. There are four or five really excellent songs on it and a lot of filler. Is that enough to warrant a purchase? This long-time BLONDIE fan easily says "YES"! Debbie Harry and the boys kick off their 5th decade of music making in high gear with a killer opening track, the techno/industrial rock infused "D-Day". You'll want to roll down the windows and step on the accelerator for the next two really cool, catchy (and very Blondie sounding) high-octane rockers, "What I Heard" and "Mother". Things slow down with the pretty reggae ballad "The End The End" and then get moving again with another reggae track, the awesome and addictive "Girlie Girlie". Unfortunately, the album kind of falls flat after that with several humdrum, unimpressive and unmemorable throwaways. If the second half of this CD was as good as the first, we would have a real classic on our hands. But speaking for myself, I am happy to have the excellent tracks that are here - which easily blows away anything you might possibly here on the radio today.
The band sounds great, with Clem Burke's trademark picture perfect drumming leading the way, some terrific guitar stuff, and of course Blondie's always ready to experiment with some new funky sounds. Needless to say, Debbie is the personification of cool and one sip of her voice could instantly turn a piping hot coffee into a frozen cappuccino. "Panic Of Girls" reaches fizzy pop-delicacy heights that neither of BLONDIE's other post hayday albums ("No Exit" & "Curse of Blondie") were able to grasp, but again, does also lacks an overall homogeneous quality. Just buy it, so they will make more stuff soon!