Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio reviews music for WORLD Magazine. Follow Arsenio on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

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Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 6/14/17, 03:20 pm

Pollinator

Blondie

At first, you’ll marvel at how Debbie Harry and Chris Stein continue to make the excavation of musical and verbal hooks in keeping with their greatest hits seem easy. Then you’ll notice that this time they’ve farmed out most of the excavation to others. No matter. Whether young enough to be their children (Johnny Marr) or their grandchildren (Charli XCX), the hired hands obviously take writing for Blondie seriously. What does matter is the profanity to which Harry occasionally accedes in an unbecomingly desperate attempt to seem hip.

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It was 50 years ago today ...

Music | New CDs improve Sgt. Pepper on its golden anniversary
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 6/09/17, 10:25 pm

According to at least one set of global-sales statistics, Abbey Road, not Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, is the Beatles’ most popular album. Sgt. Pepper’s is, however, their most famous. And, syllogistically speaking, if the Beatles are the world’s most famous band and Sgt. Pepper is their most famous album, then Sgt. Pepper is the most famous album ever.

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New or recent albums

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 5/24/17, 10:45 am

Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live … And More 

Big Star’s Third

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