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Blondie Chaplin

  • Blondie Chaplin [Asylum, 1977] B

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Blondie Chaplin [Asylum, 1977]
The trick with this very attractive record is to approach it as an intense and knowing exploration of the conventions of modern rock and roll. That way you can immerse yourself in its raceless melisma, raving overdubs, and produced grooves as if engaging in a meaningful activity. But it is customary in projects of this kind to distinguish between exploration and exploitation, readymade and cliché, aural depth and aural surface, by means of a few hints in the lyrics (cf. Dave Edmunds or Dwight Twilley). Chaplin doesn't--can't bear to tamper with the purity of his vision, I suppose. B