[Album cover courtesy BMG Studios]
Leave it to Blondie to have its new album “Pollinator” debut in the spring. The pop-punk pioneers are still going strong, staying true to their iconic sound in a modern way. The band’s previous album, "Ghosts of Download," appeared as a double album back in 2014 to celebrate Blondie’s 40th anniversary. So, getting new music on May 5 is a treat to us punkers.
The two songs “Fragments” and “Doom or Destiny” are reminiscent to similar songs from the band’s fifth album, "Autoamerican." They have a retro, Euro-esque beat with added raw percussion and guitar riffs.
Other hits like “My Monster” and “Fun” are catchy and buzzing with rock-pop synthesizers. Like the entire album, both songs are their own unique versions of cool.
From taking in the album and digesting its entirety song by song, I am constantly reminded of why Blondie was so popular and continues to be a strong force in the rock-and-roll scene, as well as the pop-rock, punk-rock genres, too.
Blondie’s timeless sound resonates in this album so profoundly to me. Fans may have not realized it, and I certainly didn’t, but today’s music needed this album.
Every song packs a rock punch, and each can easily stand alone. Yet, when they are together, this album blooms into a fun, head-bobbing syncopation. Let’s just say “Pollinator” will be added to my collection of summertime records. FYI, records are sold out on the band’s site if that tells you anything.
Shelby is a twenty-something, residing along the Emerald Coast, enjoying the sugar white sands with an umbrella drink in-hand. She takes the time to enjoy film and music, as well as fashion and beauty trends when her wallet isn't empty.