Album #397 – Parallel Lines

Album #397

Blondie’s sound changed with their third album, Parallel Lines. They went from punk to pop rock and became massive, after this album was released. Out of the CBGBs 5, Blondie became the most commercial of the 5 bands. But, that does not diminish them in any way. Parallel Lines is a GREAT rock and roll album. The musicians within this band including Drummer Clem Burke and Guitarist Chris Stein are a tight unit. Clem Burke, in particular, is one of the best drummers to come out of punk and his style of playing is great to listen to. Burke remains one of my favorite drummers because of this. Another underrated part of Blondie is Debbie Harry, the group’s lead singer. Her voice is rough, powerful and suits this band just fine. I took Harry for granted before listening to Parallel Lines all the way through but, now I can see why she is one of the best female singers in rock. Don’t let her looks fool you, she is a great representation of balls-to-the-wall rock and roll. In terms of the track listing, Parallel Lines contains some of Blondie’s biggest hits: Heart of Glass, Sunday Girl, One Way or Another and Hanging on the Telephone. But, the album tracks are amazing as well. My thoughts about this album before listening to it all the way through were that it would be too poppy but, surprisingly, Blondie still had a bit of an edge and proved that a punk band could be commercial at the same time. Other highlights include: Picture This, Fade Away and Radiate, Pretty Baby, I’m Gonna Love You Too and Just Go Away. Overall, I give Parallel Lines, 5 out of 5.

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