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4.0 out of 5 stars Rockbird For Sure
Deborah Harrys' second solo release includes the fabulous French Kissin' In The USA" and "Free To Fall" both as good as anything she did with Blondie, another stand out is "Beyond The Limit" with Nile Rodgers of CHIC and more recently guesting and producing for Daft Punk, really great shimmery dance song. Rockier and still catchy are "Buckle...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average poppy Deborah
Four years after the demise of Blondie, Deborah Harry finally returned with her second solo album. `Rock Bird' is a slick pop piece that largely abandons the facets of Harry's long-established, enigmatic personal style in favour of commercial gloss. Producer, Seth Justman, who played keyboards for the J. Geils Band (`Centrefold', `Freeze Frame'), opts for frothy (at the...
Published on 29 May 2010 by B. S. Marlay


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4.0 out of 5 stars Rockbird For Sure, 8 Oct 2013
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Deborah Harrys' second solo release includes the fabulous French Kissin' In The USA" and "Free To Fall" both as good as anything she did with Blondie, another stand out is "Beyond The Limit" with Nile Rodgers of CHIC and more recently guesting and producing for Daft Punk, really great shimmery dance song. Rockier and still catchy are "Buckle Up" and "You Got ME In Trouble", Secret life is just beautiful and haunting. In Love With Love was a single remixed by Stock Aitken Waterman, but the version included here is not that version it is a much slower song, still good but the remix was fab. Finally Rockbird is like a Blondie song without Blondie. This album is good but doesn't match up to really great albums like "Def Dumb and Blonde" or "Unecessary Evil"by Debbie both of whic are superb, I would still buy this CD if I didn't already have it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted with gift, 17 Jan 2014
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I bought this for my partner for Christmas (him having bemoaned the loss of this in a move) and was delighted to see his beaming happy face when it was unwrapped. It was as described (Used - Very Good) and prompt service - especially grateful so close to Christmas. Thank you very much
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4.0 out of 5 stars not quite as good as a Blondie lp but free to fall is ..., 7 July 2014
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not quite as good as a Blondie lp but free to fall is one of my all time favourite songs
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average poppy Deborah, 29 May 2010
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Four years after the demise of Blondie, Deborah Harry finally returned with her second solo album. `Rock Bird' is a slick pop piece that largely abandons the facets of Harry's long-established, enigmatic personal style in favour of commercial gloss. Producer, Seth Justman, who played keyboards for the J. Geils Band (`Centrefold', `Freeze Frame'), opts for frothy (at the time) contemporary style over substance, which ends up leaving Harry sounding like one of the pack instead of the leader she had always been.

Everything here is catchy and infectious, with probably the most interesting track being the single, `French Kissin'. Harry and long-time partner and Blondie guitarist, Chris Stein, contribute three songs (`In Love With Love', `Rockbird' and `Secret Life'), with their rocky and amusing title track being the best (and biggest departure) on the album. Harry penned the others mostly with Justman. And the closing partnership with Nile Rodgers, `Beyond the Limit', sounds like a leftover from her dire first solo album, `Koo Koo', though with better production.

It is hard to shake the feeling that Justman's slick, bubble-gummy, of-the-moment production robs Harry of the authority she needs to really shine, though to a far lesser extent than Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards did on `Koo Koo'. Generally, the songs tend to run too long, which also detracts from a sense of quality. It also tends to indicate that Harry needs a producer who really understands her, as Mike Chapman did when she was in Blondie. But in a post-Blondie world, at least she was recording again, even if it was as a shadow of her former self. Definitely one for the bargain bin.
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