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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Album of the Millenium"
Blondie's "Plastic Letters" will always be my favourite album but their most recent album "No Exit" has to be the album of the millenium. The sinister ska-beat and guitar bursts of "Screaming Skin". The sweeping vocals and chugging riff of "Maria" (proven it's worth as a number one hit in the UK and other countries). The...
Published on 7 July 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Maria is good but...
With this album Blondie are in danger of ignoring one of their best features, Debbie Harry's voice. Maria itself is very good, as the vocals are powerful and sharp, but I feel that the rest of the album loses its way by being over-produced and 'samey'. Some interesting songs though, and as a comeback it rates pretty well. Listen and decide...
Published on 6 Oct. 2000 by gpw@gpw600.demon.co.uk


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Album of the Millenium", 7 July 2000
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This review is from: No Exit (Audio CD)
Blondie's "Plastic Letters" will always be my favourite album but their most recent album "No Exit" has to be the album of the millenium. The sinister ska-beat and guitar bursts of "Screaming Skin". The sweeping vocals and chugging riff of "Maria" (proven it's worth as a number one hit in the UK and other countries). The metal-rap word duel between Deborah Harry and guest rapper Coolio that is title song "No Exit". The cool swing of "Boom Boom in the Zoom
Zoom Room" (recalling Debbie's artistically acclaimed work with The Jazz Passengers). Debbie's gorgeous vocals and the affecting reggae beat of "Divine". And ending with Jimmy Destri's psychadelic keyboard overload on "Dig Up the Conjo" it's classic Blondie all the way. A triumphant return and a much needed burst of excitement unparalleled in modern music. Blondie realise that music isn't meant to be background wallpaper; it should obliviate all in it's path. Five stars just aren't enough for this beauty!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best come-back LPs ever made., 25 Nov. 1999
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This review is from: No Exit (Audio CD)
Including 'Maria' - the single that threw Blondie right up to the top of the charts again - this is an experimental and truly shameless package of new songs by Blondie. The band make their peace with eachother on 'Forgive and Forget'- quite a moving song when one considers the band's history - and it's all adventures from there on! The reggae-tinged 'Divine' is a brave experiment with perfect results, 'The dream's lost on me' is a an attempt to play in the country music vain which turns out beautifully, and the ska 'Screaming Skin' will have you jumping around your living room in a frenzy! As well as this, there are the tracks 'Under the gun', 'Nothing is real but the girl' and 'Out in the streets' that bring us back to the classic Blondie sound we know and love. Blondie have not lost their touch; far from it, they have increased in proffesionality and Debbie Harry's voice has become even richer. Blonde are back - they'll show you how it's done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the 17 year wait..., 3 Mar. 2004
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Steven Tillsley "rtillsley" (Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: No Exit (Audio CD)
I really do like this album. It has come under much criticism because people have been comparing it to PARALLEL LINES, which is arguably one of the greatest pop albums of all time and so NO EXIT will more than likely fall short of it.
However, NO EXIT provides the listener with some great sounding tracks that encompass an even broader style than some of Blondies original albums did......
The comeback track MARIA is just a great pop tune that wouldnt have sounded out of place on PARALLEL LINES and is deserving of its number one spot in the charts! The other two singles, NOTHING IS REAL BUT THE GIRL and NO EXIT are both also good tracks, NOTHING IS REAL has a cool beat and a catchy verse while the hip hop/rap of NO EXIT, although not my favourite track from the album, should have done better than it did in the charts.
Other good songs include the ska type beat of SCREAMING SKIN and the delightful FORGIVE AND FORGET(both of these were staple songs in the 1998/99 NO EXIT tour).
The surprisingly catchy DREAMS LOST ON ME adopts and uses a country sound to great effect, while BOOM BOOM IN THE ZOOM ZOOM ROOM is a slinky jazz number that makes the most of what Debbie learnt while working with The Jazz passengers.
The elegant NIGHT WIND SENT is just so smooth sounding it is unbelievable and DOUBLE TAKE is simply an amazing song. The verses, which Debbie almost talks sound great and the chourus is one of the most catchy that i have heard from Blondie.
Special mention has been reserved for DIVINE because not only is it a brilliant song with an incredible beat and tune that more or less take the place of a chourus, but it also gives a rare writing accolade to Clem Burke who as a drummer i think can not be equalled. This song suggests that he's pretty good at song writing too!
This is a great album by any standards but especially as a come back album after a 17 year gap, it shows that Blondie were, and still are one of the best bands in the world!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back on top after 15 years, 21 Sept. 2013
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The first offering from Blondie after their sudden disappearing act and 15 year hiatus. The inimitable and incomparable Debbie Harry, along with original members Stein, Burke and Destri, are back to shiw just why they gained iconic status.
Not the most smooth-running of albums, rather a quick visit to many different genres, No Exit does show Blondie at some of their creative and genre-hopping best.
Standouts - Maria ( a no1 hit), Under the Gun, The Dreams Lost on Me.

Check out live clips from this 'era' of Blondie as Debbie's vocals and performance shine so much more in a live concert setting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome comeback album, 30 Aug. 2014
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B. S. Marlay (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: No Exit (Audio CD)
In 1999 Blondie reformed and returned with `No Exit', named after the Jean Paul Sartre play of the same name. Produced, intriguingly, by Craig Leon, who was the producer of their debut back in 1976 (as well as albums by The Ramones and later, Jesus Jones), it is a mostly excellent exercise in gothic-infused genre-hopping that manages to stay just short of being over-produced - though there is a certain sense of restraint to it. Give or take a song or two, `No Exit' can sit easily alongside the best albums from the band's 70s heyday - and it has the added bonus of finding Deborah Harry in superlative voice.

Harry and band members, Chris Stein, Jimmy Destri and Clem Burke, are all heavily represented among the song-writing credits, which helps the record sound authentically Blondie. Those songs that do not feature external collaborators also tend to be the best on the record.

Things kick off with the mad ska vampire ditty, `Screaming Skin' before moving into the beautiful layered synths of Chris Stein's `Forgive and Forget' which features a mythic spoken intro from Deborah Harry. The hit single and first of two mod/ new wave Jimmy Destri masterpieces, `Maria', is followed shortly thereafter by the second, `Nothing is Real But the Girl'. Stein's `Under the Gun', a moving cowboys and Indians ode to late Gun Club lead singer, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, follows a few tracks later and acts as a sound partner to them. These three songs are the closest in spirit and style to the old Blondie sound, though they are separated by the dark, edgy metal guitar rap of `No Exit', which features Coolio.

New York writer, Romy Ashby is a prominent collaborator on many of the other tracks, which account for some of the most beautiful moments in the set. `Boom Boom in the Zoom Zoom Room' is a slinky, smoky cool jazz number. There are also stunning country turns on `The Dream's Lost On Me' and `Happy Dog'. Drummer Clem Burke and former Go Go's bassist, Kathy Valentine, contribute the infectious `Divine', which follows them.

The only low points are a an unbelievably limp version of the Shangi-La's `Out on the Street', as well as a boring nod to `Island of Lost Souls' and the jokey early Blondie approach, with `Dig Up The Conjo'.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maria is good but..., 6 Oct. 2000
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With this album Blondie are in danger of ignoring one of their best features, Debbie Harry's voice. Maria itself is very good, as the vocals are powerful and sharp, but I feel that the rest of the album loses its way by being over-produced and 'samey'. Some interesting songs though, and as a comeback it rates pretty well. Listen and decide...
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5.0 out of 5 stars young daughter love it too, 22 Jun. 2015
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bought this for one track only, but we play the whole CD constantly. young daughter love it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good product delivered quickly, 5 July 2014
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Delivered quickly and as products exactly as described
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blondie - back with a bang, 22 May 2001
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Martin Wilkinson (Somerset England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: No Exit (Audio CD)
An absolute corker. Forget comparisons with their previous work from another time, and enjoy it for what it is - unashamed, horrendously catchy pop. Don't analyze - enjoy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blondie of old - I think not, 4 Dec. 2000
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Blondie were the first band i really got in to and started buying their singles in 1977 (9 years old). As a male I was infactuated with Debbie Harry and also the music. The music was catchy, raw and in your face. So needless to say I was overjoyed at the prospect of a new album. The single, Maria, was excellent and on this I bought the album. Unfortunitley the rest of the album just falls flat on its face. There are no more catchy tunes and everything seems disjointed and thrown together. I was very disapointed to say the least. I give it one star for Maria but other than that buy Parrallel Lines if you dont own it and give this one a miss.
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