Blondie – Plastic Letters (1978)

I haven’t heard all of Blondie’s albums (actually I think this is only the third studio album of theirs I’ve heard), but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think it was a bit underwhelming. There are some cool songs here and there, like “Youth Nabbed As Sniper” and “Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45),” but overall most of the tracks are forgettable. Many of them are around the two-minute mark, which makes for a number of quick songs that start blending together, resulting in an album that feels like it’s mostly just noise. However, Debbie Harry is never anything less than fascinating and her inscrutable chilliness comes through even on lesser songs here, even if the material isn’t exactly up to par.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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