Review: Pollinator by Blondie

Pollinator by BlondieBlondie don’t really have that much left to prove. They’ve long left their mark; their song remain classics. That introduction should set up Pollinator, a release that’s as much an experiment as it is an exercise in having fun. The record is as much about the collaborators as it is about the band, with songwriting duties being handed over to the likes of Dev Hynes, Sia and Charli XCX, and appearances from Joan Jett and John Roberts (aka Linda on Bob’s Burgers, alriiiiiiiiiight!) The end result is an album that’s a mix of sounds, but still has that impressionable Blondie stamp – cool, yet letting its hair down – at least for the most part. The record itself is not all killer no filler – the Sia-penned “Best Day Ever” is a mess – but for every miss, there’s an inspired touch on tracks like “Doom or Destiny”, which see Debbie Harry and Joan Jett do the collaboration a certain generation has long wished for, or “Fragments”, perhaps a perfect closer to the album. But, you know, Pollinator is fun. And, again, Blondie has little left to prove, if not nothing. [NB]3/5

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