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  • Summary: The box set features 52 (36 previously unreleased) tracks of session outtakes, B-sides, and demos (with the eight CD and 10 LP deluxe editions adding remastered versions of Blondie's first six studio albums and books).
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  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Genre(s): Punk, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Club/Dance, Punk/New Wave, Dance-Rock, New Wave, New York Punk, American Punk
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  1. Aug 22, 2022
    100
    Blondie’s Against the Odds is a story of many intersections: art and commerce, punk and pop, disco and rock, femininity and masculinity, and underground with the mainstream. Against the Odds tells that story beautifully.
  2. Uncut
    Aug 22, 2022
    90
    The bonus material proves just as revelatory as the remastered albums, as Against The Odds doubles as a shadow history of the city’s creative heyday. [Sep 2022, p.39]
  3. Aug 24, 2022
    90
    It's hard to call any of the unheard material a surprise, yet these demos, abandoned ideas, and working mixes help to add a dimension and perspective to Blondie's basic canon. Those original albums and, especially, the big hits are so familiar that they can seem set in stone, but when they're paired with these raw, unheard recordings, the group's nervy, arty spirit is resurrected, so it's possible to once again understand what made Blondie such a striking, special band at their peak.
  4. Aug 29, 2022
    88
    As far as box sets go, Against the Odds is a textbook example of how to do justice to a band’s legacy.
  5. Aug 29, 2022
    85
    Against the Odds perfectly captures the band’s legacy precisely because it presents the history, music, and memories with an admirable degree of honesty and doesn’t try to make the story into something it wasn’t.
  6. Mojo
    Aug 22, 2022
    80
    The demos here colour in the blanks and the alternative mixes are like watching a favourite movie from a different camera angle. But Against The Odds reminds the listener that there were always two Blondies. [Sep 2022, p.98]
  7. 80
    For them [super fans], the voluminous and informative liner notes alone, which track Blondie’s history from those who lived it, seldom seen photos, and track specific comments will be worth lightening their bank accounts for. Others less dedicated may want to tread more carefully.

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  1. Sep 3, 2022
    10
    This is a superb collection of Blondie’s expertise as one of the most important bands ever!