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Panic of Girls [Slipcase]


  • 1. D-Day
    2. What I Heard
    3. Mother
    4. End the End, The
    5. Girlie Girlie
    6. Love Doesn't Frighten Me
    7. Words in My Mouth
    8. Sunday Smile
    9. Wipe Off My Sweat
    10. Bleu, Le
    11. China Shoes
    12. Horizontal Twist [Bonus Track]
    13. Mirame [Bonus Track]
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): nbl 891

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: Deborah Harry (vocals); Chris Stein, Tommy Kessler, Paul Carbonara (guitar); Matthew Katz-Bohen (keyboards, programming); Clem Burke (drums); Barb Morrison, Barbara Stein, Akira Stein, Vali Stein, Josh Eppard, James Joe, John Bender, Jimmy Eppard (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Mark Needham.
    Recording information: Applehead Recording, Woodstock, NY; Henson Studios, Los Angeles, CA; House Of Loud, Elmwood Park, NJ; Super Buddha Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Water Music, Hoboken, NJ.
    Photographer: Eddie Sung.
    Delivered eight years after the reunited Blondie's second effort, 2003's The Curse of Blondie, 2011's Panic of Girls rushes forth on a sleek new wave disco pulse that's entirely unconcerned about whether `80s retro is in style this season or not. This is fashionable music existing outside the realm of fashion, Blondie updating their classic styles -- disco-rock, reggae-fied pop, garage bubblegum -- just enough to modernize yet not enough to be unrecognizable. Certainly, Blondie bear some signs of their age -- Debbie Harry's voice may sound a little rough around the edges but the band also has the casual professionalism that comes from decades of play -- but this is not a nostalgia trip, something that's evident from the new millennium paranoia of its opener, "D-Day." Modern topics collide with contemporary sounds and if not everything here is convincing -- notably, the Parisian kitsch of "Le Bleu" strikes a discordant note -- the band's cosmopolitan cool remains attractive. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.80) - "With synths buzzing like neon, reggae barely winking at dancehall, and Debbie Harry intoning lyrics in French and Spanish, it sounds more '80s than the actual '80s."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hankfully the best tracks on PANIC OF GIRLS have some edge and bite. 'Horizontal Twist' is a neat conflation of irreverent garage-punk and airy, synthesized chorus..."
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