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Plastic Letters

Plastic Letters

30 Aug 2001
4.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Aug. 2001
  • Release Date: 30 Aug. 2001
  • Label: Chrysalis Inc
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 47:46
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  • ASIN: B001I2CPOI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,502 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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This is one of my favourite Blondie album's although ever since its release it seems to have attracted mixed reviews. Mike Chapman had yet to get his hands on the group so there is a 'rawness' here that was replaced by slick production come Parallel Lines.
The best track here has to be (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear - by the very talented Gary Valentine - he also wrote the great bonus track 'Scenery' - which didn't make the original recording due to Debbie's 'weak' (according to Mr Valentine) vocal. I kinda like the way she sings it though!
I love 'I didn't have the nerve to say no' - it's up there with 'Kung Fu Girls' for energy. Speaking of which - 'I'm On E' refers to Empty - energy wise, and is a great track. 'Youth Nabbed As Sniper' and 'Fan Mail' are both great tunes and of course 'Detroit 442' is always a popular choice. Their cover of 'Denis' remains as fresh as the day it was recorded whilst 'Contact In Red Square' reminds us this was an album recorded in the 70's.
I would recommend this album to any Blondie newcomer and advise them to buy 'Blondie' at the same time!
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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
Pier".
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.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 April 2002
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Less polished than the megaselling Parallel Lines, this 1977 album nevertheless perfectly encapsulates the pop side of New York punk in its catchy pop-rock tunes. Besides the hits Denis and (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear, other great songs include Fan Mail, the wistful Bermuda Triangle Blues and I Didn't Have The Nerve To Say No. The song I'm On E now sounds strangely prophetic although I think they were referring to the vitamin. The marriage of sometimes witty, always intelligent lyrics and clever melodies make a classic album that has aged very well. The bonus tracks add value so this is definitely a great buy.
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Denis and Presence Dear the two British top 10 hits and major hits all over Europe are well known. The rest on Plastic Letters is new wave at it's best !!! However the delicious Bermuda Triangle Blues(Flight 45) is a georgeous ballad,mmmhh I love that song. On the bonus tracks Scenery and Poets Problem are featured, those songs are so good that I never understood why they weren't released on the original album. Plastic Letters was the first album I ever bought and it's one of my favourite !!! If you're new to Blondie and love the heavier stuff then buy Plastic Letters it won't dissapoint you !!!!
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1977’s ‘Plastic Letters’ was Blondie’s second album and is definitely one of my favourites.
This is Blondie’s punkiest album to date, a lot of the song lyrics featuring very deep, dark imagery- an obsessive fan, spooky plane crashes, a teenage killer and a mysterious kidnapper all feature in the track list. Although you’ll be glad to hear that the gloomy, disturbed lyrics don’t translate into gloomy, disturbed sound (on the majority of tracks, anyway), with a large part of the LP sounding quite poppy and more like the band’s debut.
Virtually every track is a standout, full of Blondie’s trademark irony and twisted humour. ‘Plastic Letters’ features two hit singles, the sweetly poppy cover version of ‘Denis’ and the tender timbre of ‘(I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear’, the band’s legacy to former bassist Gary Valentine. The reissued version contains 4 extra tracks: an early, slower version of disco classic ‘Heart Of Glass’ called ‘Once I Had A Love (aka The Disco Song)’, unused album track ‘Scenery’, the atmospheric ‘Poet’s Problem’ (B-side of ‘…Presence, Dear’), and finally, a live version of album track ‘Detroit 442’.
I would highly recommend ‘Plastic Letters’ to anyone that likes Blondie; it is a unique and truly great album and if you haven’t got it- buy it now!
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