Parrallel Lines - Blondie
I was very lucky to have been introduced to a wide variety of music when I was growing up, thanks to my parents. Especially my Dad.
However, of all the different genres and styles, from country to 50's and 60's Rock n roll. No album ever quite stood out to me as much as Parrallel Lines did.
I knew it was a personal favourite of Dad's, and with time I have only come to appreciate it more and more. When looking back on my childhood "Heart of glass" is a song that I strongly associate with growing up as it just always seemed to be on in the background somewhere.
The entire album is one of the very few (and I mean very few) that every single song is as good if not better than the last. Every single track could have easily been a single and most eventually were.
From the rip roaring start with "Hanging on the telephone" to the unmistakable riff of "One way or another" the album just seems to suck you in and doesn't lose your interest for the remainder. "11:59" is an amazing youthful track about the un predictability of life and time. With "Sunday Girl" showcasing some of Debbie Harry's sweetest vocals in one of the most melancholy songs I know of.
This album couldn't be talked about without making a special note of just how phenomenal of a front woman Debbie Harry is. Her vocal ability on this album is fantastic, with almost stone cold seriousness in her voice on the opening tracks of the album to this sort of sweet sounding, innocent voice on songs like "I'm gonna love you too" towards the end of the record.
For me, this album will always hold a ridiculously soft spot in my heart, and is probably the best thing musically I've ever been shown by my Dad. It is without a doubt completley timeless and without sounding cliché, like a fine wine, it only gets better with age.
A complete classic. - Sam
Stand out track (s) - 11:59, Will anything happen, Sunday Girl