14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
My all time favourite album!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Plastic Letters (Audio CD)
Released in 1978, Blondie's second album is rawer and rougher
around the edges than the also excellent debut. It has a
darker The Doors/The Velvet Underground/The Stooges influence.
There are some lighter songs, however, in the UK No 2 hit
"Denis" and Debbie's hilarious solo composition "Love At The
Keyboard player Jimmy Destri's "Fan Mail" opens the album.
Delivered from a fan's point of view, it ends in wedding bells
and an anguished cry. His other songs on the album include
the one night stand "No Imagination", the rockabilly "Kidnapper"
and the Chris Stein co-penned "Detroit 442", a tribute to
working class Detroit and Iggy Pop ("Jimmy O").
Guitarist Chris's contributions include "Bermuda Triangle Blues"
and "Youth Nabbed As Sniper" (the latter based on the then current
Son Of Sam killings in New York and reminiscent of Jim Morrison's
"The Lords" poetry.) "Cautious Lip" a Ronnie Toast (a poet
friend of the band)/Chris Stein psychadelic/Velvets number
closes the album.
Clem Burke's drumming is frequently impeccable and always
exciting throughout the album and Debbie gives great growl
and sass throughout. This was the album that started to
get Blondie some attention and success in the UK and as
their punkiest album it deserves to be heard by anyone who
enjoys the current punk style of The Strokes and The Hives.