Only after being hungover from a wedding did I understand The Hunter
. It being the Blondie's last 'classic era' album, the band ventured further into pop music styles, with a mind to converting anything and everything into long dance-beat songs.
Thus - after Autoamerican
's Blondie-does-ska - this is Blondie-does-calypso with "Island of Lost Souls", or the odd rap-meets-disco "The Beast". The nadir comes with "Little Caesar", for which Harry quasi-raps as a sort of childlike Jimmy Cagney. And those tracks sit alongside mid-tempo dance songs "Orchid Club" and "War Child".
The entire album is enslaved to a bloated production and prolonged beats, leaving little room for the musicans. Nearly the entire first side is given over to such stuff - music for wedding receptions, where people are already in a frenzy of movement and need to keep it going at all (artistic) costs.
Blondie's previous lyrical preoccupations resurface, and given the same treatment ... "Dragonfly" is about drag racing in space, recalling the band's early B-movie stories, but it's really only a story, as the song itself is just a poor excuse for another mindless beat with endless narration.
The better songs avoid such zombie attributes - Destri's "Danceway" is their last 60's-style pop song, and there's a cool cabaret cover of "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game". Regrettably, Harry's empty lyrics mar the other two tolerable tracks - a rejected James Bond theme called "For Your Eyes Only", and "Find the Right Words".
isn't so much an embarrasment - it's too well-produced for that - but it is a waste of time.Rated:
by Reviewer: Obscurity
(blogging at Obscurity!