Some songs just don't need to be remixed -- at least, not in a way that obscures the song itself. And that is the main flaw in "Once More Into the Bleach," a lackluster collection of remixes and Debbie Harry solo songs. Harry is good on her own, but the Blondie remixes miss more often than they hit.
Several of the songs are remixed Blondie hits, and more often than not they don't really add anything to the song: the overmixed "Denis (Dancin' Danny D Remix)," moderately enjoyable "Call Me (Ben Liebrand Remix)," and half-obscured soundmass of "The Tide Is High (Coldcut Remix)." There are some highlights, like an enchanting French version of "Sunday Girl," and the quirky "Backfired (Bruce Forest Remix)."
There are also a number of singles by Debbie Harry in her solo career, such as the slow-burning rocker "The Jam Was Moving," the poppy new-wave "Rush Rush," and the sexy pop tune "French Kissing in the USA." While Harry's solo career never hit the highs of Blondie, she still did an astounding job as a solo pop singer.
This is, first and foremost, a remix album. And people who don't like remix albums will probably only find a few worthwhile tracks on here, probably the ones in Harry's solo career. However, Blondie fans looking for this rare remix or that rare version may well find that this has it.
In many ways, the songs sound quite similar. Not just because of Harry's strong, vibrant vocals, but just the general sound of the music. Her solo songs do tend to a bit poppier and more mainstream, but they share the same new wave tinges with Blondie's best songs. "Rush Rush," as the first single released by Harry after Blondie's breakup, sounds the most like the famed band.
Most of the Blondie remixes are strictly for fans. But the odd good remix, plus Harry's solo tracks, makes this a moderately interesting listen.
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- Label: Chrysalis\EMI Records (USA)
- Copyright: ℗ This Compilation 2003 Capitol Records, LLC © 2003 Capitol Records, LLC
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- Total Length: 1:12:13
- ASIN: B000ZAY4Q6
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