Pollinator (album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Pollinator
Blondie's "Pollinator" album cover.png
Studio album by Blondie
Released May 5, 2017 (2017-05-05)
Recorded 2015–17
Studio The Magic Shop, New York City
Genre
Length 45:34
Label
Producer John Congleton
Blondie chronology
Blondie 4(0) Ever
(2014)Blondie 4(0) Ever2014
Pollinator
(2017)
Singles from Pollinator
  1. "Fun"
    Released: February 1, 2017
  2. "Long Time"
    Released: March 24, 2017
  3. "Too Much"
    Released: June 12, 2017
  4. "Doom or Destiny"
    Released: September 19, 2017

Pollinator is the eleventh studio album by American rock band Blondie, released on May 5, 2017 by BMG Rights Management.[2][3]

Background[edit]

The album returns to a more band-oriented sound following the group's experimentation with electronic music for their previous release Ghosts of Download. Many of the songs on the album were collaborations written by outside writers, including songs written by TV on the Radio's David Sitek, Johnny Marr, Sia, Nick Valensi from The Strokes, Charli XCX, Adam Johnston from YourMovieSucks.org, and Dev Hynes. Five of the album's tracks were written or co-written by Blondie bandmembers, with two songs written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (Harry also co-wrote one track with Hynes) and another two were written by Blondie keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen with his wife Laurel. Lead guitarist Chris Stein stated in an interview with Mojo, "We thought to ask people because there's so much good music swirling about", rather than it being a result of running thin on ideas. "We sorted the contributors ourselves, or someone would send us a bunch of songs and we'd pick one" he continued, explaining that Blondie and producer John Congleton had curated the submissions.

The album was officially announced on January 23, 2017, when the band uploaded to their social media a scan of an interview with Mojo magazine which confirmed the album's release date. On January 30, the album's cover and track listing were unveiled.

Promotion[edit]

The band's performance at WTTW's Grainger Studio in Chicago, taped on December 10, 2015, aired on the PBS concert series Soundstage on January 26, 2017, containing the new songs "My Monster" and "Gravity".[4][5] "Fun" was released on February 1, 2017, as the album's lead single.[3] On February 8, 2017, it was announced that Blondie will join Garbage on the co-headlining "Rage and Rapture Tour" across the United States, which will kick off on July 5 in Saratoga, California, wrapping up on August 12 in Dallas, Texas.[6] A second track, "My Monster", was released as an iTunes instant grat, and made available to those who had pre-ordered the album, on February 19, 2017. "Fun" became Blondie's most successful single in years, rising to Number 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs (Blondie's first appearance on that chart since 1995) and many charts in other countries.[7]

The second single, "Long Time", had its first play on Ken Bruce's show on BBC Radio 2 on March 21, and was released as a single on March 24.[8] It was released on a limited edition 7" vinyl, as was "Fun", backed with non-album track "The Breaks".[9] Long Time gave the band another Top 5 hit on the US Billboard Dance chart, their second from this album.

Later in April two more songs were released: "Fragments" and "Tonight". "Fragments", released for streaming only, is a song originally written and performed by Adam Johnston (An Unkindness), that gained much attention during the Australian tour and was released as a promo track on YouTube.[10] "Tonight" is a Charli XCX penned track, sung in duet with Laurie Anderson. It was released on a limited edition 1000 copies one-sided 7" pressing,[11] sold at Blondie's pop up shop at the Camden Market as a promotional single.[12] This song has also appeared on the CD edition of the album as a hidden-track after "Fragments".

On September 19, "Doom or Destiny" (featuring Joan Jett) was released as the album's fourth single, backed with a pollitically charged video directed by Rob Roth.

Rage and Rapture Tour[edit]

In summer 2017, Blondie undertook a co-headlining tour of the US with the band Garbage, in which Debbie Harry appeared onstage in full Honey Bee regalia. In keeping with the Pollinator album, the costume was designed as a statement about the dwindling bee population and environmental health. A fledgling beekeeper herself, Harry also wore a full-length cape which declared: "STOP FUCKING THE PLANET" in large block letters.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[14]
Review scores
SourceRating
Entertainment WeeklyB+[15]
Pitchfork6.7/10[16]
The Guardian4/5 stars[17]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[18]
Robert ChristgauA-[19]

At Metacritic, the album has score of 71 out of 100, based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

Pollinator has charted higher in most regions than their previous three albums. The album debuted and peaked at number 4 in the United Kingdom, the band's ninth Top 10 album and fifth Top 5 there and their first since 1999's No Exit. As of July 2017, the album has sold 24,206 copies in the UK.[20] The album also debuted at number 1 in the UK Independent Albums Chart, and has remained in the top 50 for 16 consecutive weeks. In the United States, the album debuted and peaked at number 63 on the Billboard 200, also the band's highest charting album in their native country since 1999. The album was more prominent on Billboard's Top Independent Albums Chart where it debuted and peaked at number 4. In Australia, the album peaked at number 29.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Doom or Destiny" (featuring Joan Jett)2:54
2."Long Time"4:35
3."Already Naked"4:06
4."Fun"
4:19
5."My Monster"Johnny Marr3:29
6."Best Day Ever"3:58
7."Gravity"3:47
8."When I Gave Up on You"
  • Michael Gregory
  • Andrew Gregory
4:02
9."Love Level" (featuring John Roberts)
  • Stein
  • Harry
4:19
10."Too Much"
3:08
11."Fragments"Adam Johnston6:57

Personnel[edit]

Blondie

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 29
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[30] 27
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31] 55
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[32] 30
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[33] 26
French Albums (SNEP)[34] 86
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[35] 78
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[36] 21
Irish Albums (IRMA)[37] 57
Italian Albums (FIMI)[38] 62
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[39] 3
Scottish Albums (OCC)[40] 4
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[41] 86
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[42] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[43] 4
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[44] 1
US Billboard 200[45] 63
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[46] 4
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[47] 7
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[48] 15
Slovakia Albums (ČNS IFPI)[49] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ingham, Tim (September 30, 2015). "'Don't tell artists what they want to hear. Tell them the truth.'". Music Business Worldwide. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Roffman, Michael (February 1, 2017). "Blondie announce new star-studded album, Pollinator, share ridiculously catchy single "Fun" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Levine, Nick (February 1, 2017). "Blondie announce new album 'Pollinator' and share new single 'Fun'". NME. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ Lifton, Dave (January 26, 2017). "Watch Blondie Perform 'One Way or Another' on PBS' 'Soundstage': Exclusive Premiere". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Soundstage: Blondie". WTTW. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ Leight, Elias (February 8, 2017). "Blondie, Garbage Announce Rage and Rapture Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Blondie – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ "The next single from our new album Pollinator premieres tomorrow! Hear 'Long Time' on BBC Radio 2 with Ken Bruce!". Blondie official Facebook account. March 20, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Blondie – Long Time / BMG". Picadilly Records. March 20, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Blondie – Fragments (Official Audio)". BlondieVEVO. April 25, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Blondie – Tonight (Vynil) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Blondie Pop Up Shop and Exhibition". The Camden Market. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ Blondie Twitter image
  14. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Pollinator by Blondie". Metacritic. 
  15. ^ Farber, Jim. "Blondie honor their New York City roots on electrifying album Pollinator: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  16. ^ Johnston, Maura. "Pollinator Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  17. ^ Simpson, Dave. "Blondie: Pollinator review – hooks, drums, evocative lyrics: an atomic return". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  18. ^ Dolan, Jon. "Blondie: Review: Blondie Team With Sia, Charli XCX, Indie Pals on 'Pollinator'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  19. ^ Christgau, Robert (22 July 2017). "Robert Christgau on Blondie and The Mountain Goats". Vice. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  20. ^ Garner, George (11 July 2017). "Blondie announce extra London show at O2 Brixton Academy". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 11 July 2017. 
  21. ^ ACE. "ACE Repertory". www.ascap.com. 
  22. ^ ACE. "ACE Repertory". www.ascap.com. 
  23. ^ ACE. "ACE Repertory". www.ascap.com. 
  24. ^ "Blondie – About". theblondiestore.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  25. ^ "Repertory Search :: SESAC". www.sesac.com. 
  26. ^ ACE. "ACE Repertory". www.ascap.com. 
  27. ^ "Pollinator Blondie CD Album". CDJapan. Japan. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  28. ^ "Sia and Charli XCX wrote tracks for Blondie album". Stuff (New Zealand). 7 May 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  29. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Blondie – Pollinator". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  30. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Blondie – Pollinator" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  31. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blondie – Pollinator" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  32. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blondie – Pollinator" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  33. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201719 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  34. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 19, 2017)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  35. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Blondie – Pollinator" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  36. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Blondie – Pollinator" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  37. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 12 May 2017". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  38. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 19 (dal 2017-05-05 al 2017-05-11)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  39. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  40. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  41. ^ "Top 100 Albumes — Semana 19: del 5 May 2017 al 11.05.2017" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  42. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Blondie – Pollinator". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  43. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  44. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  45. ^ "Blondie Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  46. ^ "Blondie Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  47. ^ "Blondie Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  48. ^ "Blondie Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  49. ^ "Slovakia Albums Top 100". ČNS IFPI. May 12, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2017.