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blondie fans buy now! newbies look elsewhere
on 14 August 2003
As others have said here, 'the hunter' is most probably Blondie's worst album, but just think: they had 'parallel lines' to live up to! Many people really harshly criticised 'the hunter' when it first came out in '82. It is really quite obvious looking at the cover and listening to the songs here, of the state of decay the band were in musically- most of the time they weren't even talking to eachother. This album sees them experimenting with synthesisers and funk music rather than raw punk-rock like 'hanging on the telephone.' However they've managed to pull out quite a few decent songs for this sixth and final LP. There is a jungle/tropical theme running through the cover (Debbie in leopardskin and presumably supposed to resemble a lion or something, I don't know; the boys wearing soldier/camouflage facepaint) and song titles such as 'orchid club', 'island of lost souls', 'dragonfly', 'the beast' etc. highlights are UK no 11 'island of lost soul's lovely summery song; deliciously sweet, discarded 007 movie theme 'for your eyes only'; the amazing 'war child' with some heavy lyrics about khmer rouge; the gorgeous 'danceway', written by brilliant jimmy destri, this is good to dance to; 'can I find the right words to say' gives in to the Blondie of old; 'English boys' is really sweet with great lyrics, but it tends to highlight the limits of ms Harry's range quite a lot. Finally, 'the hunter gets captured by the game' is a cover of a classic, done here as a soft and sultry ballad. Overall 'the hunter' is really not that bad and a must have for all Blondie fans, but not a first pick for newbies-try 'eat to the beat' or 'parallel lines'.