8 April 2021
Artist: DU BLONDE (Newcastle Up Tyne, UK)
Who: All-round, outspoken, eccentric and utterly
cool British artist – real name Beth Jeans Houghton.
NME says: “The grunge-pop guitar don is throwing a hell of a party, with
Ezra Furman and Shirley Manson on the guestlist – and you’re absolutely
invited too.Du Blonde’s throwing a party. You’re on the guestlist, along with
her norm-busting indie-punk compadre Ezra Furman (on the thunderous
‘I’m Glad That We Broke Up’) and fellow ultra-badass Shirley Manson of
Garbage (on Pixies-got-good-again belter ‘Medicated’).”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume says: I read here and there that ‘Homecoming‘ is a pure party LP.
To my hungry ears, it’s more like the ideal warm-up record when driving to a party and
an ideal chill-out LP when driving home in the morning after the party is over. Mind you, Du Blonde rocks, moves, and grooves with tons of feminist flair and peppery panache.
But most of the 10 emotive earworms – a couple of spins and you sing along, hum
along and whistle along – float between moony melancholia (closer ‘Take Me Way‘ is a
most gripping and soul-stirring ballad) and personal, bad-ass reflections, all embedded
in both bang-on and shadowy glam tunes. This is a record Blondie never made.
Hail hail Du Blonde! The triumphant queer/trans queen of pop!
Singles/clips: I’m Glad That We Broke Up / Medicated
– I’M GLAD THAT WE BROKE UP –
(With Ezra Furman)
– MEDICATED –
(With NME’s Godlike genius Shirley Manson)
Stream/buy Homecoming here…
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