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The usual rules don’t seem to apply to Blondie. The legendary band’s eleventh album – and fifth since reuniting in the late 90s – is filled with tracks that probably shouldn’t work, but somehow come o. Long Time, a Dev Hynes collaboration that references the band’s disco classic Heart of Glass, is unexpectedly lovely. Best Day Ever, a bubblegum bop written by Sia, is nearly as cute as their 70s classic Denis. And the brassy hip-hop of Love Level ends up becoming an album highlight. They also shine on the waltzing countrypop tune When I Gave Up on You and the punky, Charli XCX-penned Gravity, though they’ve done disco better than Fun, which sounds like a Scissor Sisters b-side. What’s Blondie’s secret? Maybe it’s something to do with coming from New York and generally being willing to try something new. But the fact they have an icon fronting the tunes definitely helps. Debbie Harry’s voice isn’t as supple as it once was, but when she sings about “having a shit fit” on Doom or Destiny, or tells a guy “you’re nicer when you’re sober” on Gravity, she still sounds like the coolest person ever.

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