Published May 15, 2017Blondie's career has spanned over 40 years, over which they've solidified their place as a staple of the early American new wave and punk scene.
For their 11th album, the band recruited an A-list team to help push their trademark sound in a bolder direction. John Congleton (Angel Olsen, Modest Mouse, Sleater-Kinney) took the helm on Pollinator's production, while a list of guest contributors includes Sia, Dev Hynes, Charli XCX, David Sitek (TV on the Radio), Nick Valensi (The Strokes) and Johnny Marr. While enlisting the songwriting of outside artists could have easily backfired for the classic group, it gives Pollinator a dynamic and unique edge.
The album wastes no time, ripping into opener "Doom or Destiny" where Debbie Harry's vocals pleasantly intertwine with those of guest Joan Jett. Songwriting duties on the incredibly funky, disco-esque "Fun" were split four ways and feature the touch of David Sitek, while "Long Time," written by Dev Hynes and Harry, paints the 71-year-old frontwoman in a delightfully youthful glow. Each collaboration is thoughtful and tastefully executed.
While Pollinator gets a little repetitive at times, it's a solid effort from a legendary group who have proven that they're not finished yet. (BMG)