Eat to the Beat by Blondie

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Eat to the Beat by Blondie
Eat to the Beat by Blondie

Album Released: 1979

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2.The Hardest Part3:37
3.Union City Blue3:19
5.Eat To The Beat2:35
6.Accidents Never Happen4:10
7.Die Young Stay Pretty3:27
8.Slow Motion3:25
12.Living In The Real World2:38


This is a quite good album that pales in comparison to the previous one. Blondie consolidate their strengths for 'Parallel Lines Part II', but like most sequels it's less satisfying than the first. The good stuff - "Dreaming" - is the pinnacle of their power/pop leanings, and is only a shade lesser than the best of Parallel Lines, but overall the album is inconsistent.

The disco "Atomic" and the reggae "Die Young Stay Pretty" flat-out suck, "Sound-A-Sleep" couldn't have been better titled, and the title track and "Living in the Real World" are tuneless shouters. The rest though is pretty solid: another stalker anthem, "Accidents Never Happen", the slightly jaunty / slightly spacey "Slow Motion", and the ballad "Shayla".

Move on to this after you've gotten Parallel Lines and have become an absolute fanatic about it (like myself) - these are the leftovers, which as we all know can be very good, but not as good as the main course.

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by Reviewer: Creative Noise

One of Blondie's strengths was that their sound was disposible - they didn't take themselves too seriously.

Eat to the Beat is a perfect example, it's a wonderful successor to Parallel Lines - no major changes, just more disco elements, clean production, and plenty of Burke's furious drumming, on "Dreaming" and "Victor".

Blondie's trademark characteristics are all present here - humourous lyrics with the snarky reggae of "Die Young Stay Pretty" and the mock lullaby "Sound-A-Sleep", girl groups on "Slow Motion", and Destri's excellent power/pop for "Accidents Never Happen" and "Living in the Real World".

The best songs follow the style of "Heart of Glass" - disco beats with a pop flare, as on "Atomic" with its spy guitar lines and Destri's pulsing synths, and "The Hardest Part", about robbing armoured cars.

A few songs are underwritten, but still have good parts - "Union City Blue" has a nice feel but lacks momentum, and "Shayla" just has a nice chorus. The writing is spread throughout the band, with Harry and Stein writing about half the album, and Destri continuing with his golden touch.

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by Reviewer: Obscurity

Although not as immediately likable as Parallel Lines, and there’s nothing as great as that album’s best songs (although a few numbers come close), Eat to the Beat is a pretty good Blondie album in its own right, and full of good times.

One thing I don’t care for is the production work on Harry’s vocals. I suppose the band had a bigger budget after Parallel Lines, but more production was not what her voice needed - it was fine the way it was - the one thing I liked most about her singing was that it was full of personality, and the production here has taken a lot of that spark away.

Album opener “Dreaming” is along the same lines as Blondie have always done - a short 1950's-style pop song updated for the 70's. The drums are loud, clear, and bouncy, and the melody is pretty catchy. Harry's voice sounds clearer and more disciplined (as well as having a sort of echo effect added to them), and the other instruments are kept in the background, blended together. Whilst it’s a fine song, I can tell right away how stiff Blondie have suddenly become.

“The Hardest Part” is a really fun and disjointed disco song with some intricate production applied to it. It captures a little more of the energy that Blondie used to be good for, thanks to a bit of growl in the vocals, and pretty enjoyable arrangements. And “Union City Blue” is probably the album's most memorable song, thanks to its stellar melody, and the solid arrangement also helps it leap out of the speakers and come alive more than the others tracks.

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by Reviewer: Don Ignacio (blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews)