Blondie’s New Album ‘Pollinator’ is a Fun Continuum of Sound

Blondie is back!  The band’s eleventh studio album, “Pollinator,” dropped today, with singles “Fun”—which rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs — and “Long Time,” released in February and March respectively.  The album is a collaborative work featuring rock great Joan Jett, Sia Furler, (“Best Day Ever”) and Johnny Marr (“My Monster”) to name just a few.  “Pollinator” is a nice return to the classic rock sound on tracks like “My Monster,” while continuing to showcase the band’s embrace of subgenres like the punk rock and electronic sound that you will hear on songs like “Fun.”  Debbie Harry continues to deliver powerful, intense vocal work that, at 71, contemporary vocalists might struggle with.  And a bonus?  There’s an extra track, “Tonight,” featuring Laurie Anderson.  “Pollinator” is the album that will play over and over and still sound refreshing this summer, no question.

Track Listing:

  1. “Doom or Destiny” (feat. Joan Jett)
  2. “Long Time”
  3. “Already Naked”
  4. “Fun”
  5. “My Monster”
  6. “Best Day Ever”
  7. “Gravity”
  8. “When I Gave Up on You” (feat. The Gregory Brothers)
  9. “Love Level” (feat. John Roberts)
  10. “Too Much”
  11. “Fragments”
  12. Bonus Track: “Tonight” (feat. Laurie Anderson)

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Cortney is currently a Ph.d student in the Media Studies department at the University at Buffalo. Starting in the Department of History as an undergrad and Masters student she followed many interests and passions and ultimately found herself in the Media Studies department, working towards a film studies degree. After surviving many tough life experiences she was bitten by the activism bug and has since worked to raise awareness about issues like sexual assault, mental illness, and domestic violence. While her musical tastes still lie in the 70s, she is focusing her energies on creating media that matters in the present through documentary work, creating Public Service Announcements, and creating education programs for middle and high school students to learn about mental illness, domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. In her free time she plays softball, reads rock biographies, improves her vinyl collection, and spins Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac as often as possible.
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