This is the best Blondie album since the early '80s, with a wonderful variety of sounds and mood, and would have been a great follow-up to AutoAmerican, which, I must admit, is my favourite Blondie album.
Like the incredible Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry's voice has achieved a wonderful honeyed huskiness with maturity, but has lost none of its power, and it is her creative stamp which is most strongly felt on the 11 tracks here. The playful lyrics and performances run the gamut from torch song cadences to strong emotional rock hooks, and there are reminders of almost every musical direction Harry has ever taken in both her solo work and with the full band. For example, the opener 'D-Day' could have been on Koo-Koo, 'Mother' could have been lifted from 'The Hunter', 'Love Doesn't Frighten Me' could have been on 'Eat to the Beat'.....
The BBC review that is quoted on this page finds this range of approaches to be the album's weakness - I would say it is the TOTAL opposite - this is the album's supreme strength, and that reviewer is obviously out of touch with the very quality that Blondie fans hold dear about each album's cornucopia of surprises.
This is definitely a much better and more enjoyable collection than 'The Curse of...' or 'No Exit', and demonstrates that Blondie's creative prowess is nowhere near any kind of decline.
Let's hope this is not the last studio album, or that another 8 years have to pass until we get another. On this evidence, Blondie still have so much more to contribute to their musical legacy, and long may it continue.