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Debbie Harry ~ Debravation

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Can See Clearly
  2. Stability
  3. Strike Me Pink
  4. Rain
  5. Communion
  6. Lip Service
  7. Mood Ring
  8. Keep On Going
  9. Dancing Down The Moon
  10. Standing In My Way
  11. The Fugitive
  12. Dog Star Girl
  13. My Last Date (With You)
  14. Tear Drops

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B000008GEV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Schultheis on April 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Debravation (deprivation) the title should give you a clue as to the sense of humour and brilliance that Deborah Harry as an artist carries.

This album for whatever reason was not taken well by most fans. The record company (Sire records, who was Madonna's label) under promoted and advertised this album as they probably didn't know how to market it.

In a nut shell I'd say it's a very adult contemporary modern album with light appartment jazz influences and dance fare. Far from the power pop that was Blondie this album still shines through the many collaborations.

For those not too sure:

I Can See Clearly - A classic high energy dance oriented track with a smooth velveting voice from Harry from the writer's over her big hit "I Want That Man".

Stability - A rap style ditty done in the fashion only Ms. Harry can get away with since she is the one who wrote the 1st rap song to go #1 in america in 1981. Not too focased on rap and really it's just her talking in a cool way than what most others thingk rap is.

Strike Me Pink - a ballad type jazzy song very cool and very hip.

Rain - One of the collaborations with a future Blondie band member Leigh Foxx. Great guitar solo and great chorus.

Communion - Either you love this one or you hate it. Dancable and tongue-in-cheek campy lyrics she's famous for this album could have gone without it but it holds up for camp style for most fans.

Lip Service - From the same producer of her dance hit "Sweet And Low" this Club dancefare track will have sing along complete with an Edgar Allen Poe excerpt from "The Raven".

Keep On Going - Calypso influenced uplifting track very early 90's and dateable but okay. She switches languages to spanish at the very end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Ashley Nail on August 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's quite unfair that people had to learn the difference between Blondie and Deborah Harry at the expense of the singer's solo career. Though she was largely the reason Blondie was so successful, Harry never drew the same crowds on her own. None of her solo work is bad, but Harry was never able to establish a musical identity of her own. Consequently, she's often grasping at straws, jumping between Madonna-esque dance tracks (clearly the path most record companies wanted her to take), campy rap numbers and Blondie sound-alikes. "Debravation," Harry's last solo effort to date, follows the same mish-mash approach of its predecessor, "Def, Dumb & Blonde," but not as successfully. Things get off to a promising start with "I Can See Clearly," a catchy dance tune perfect for Harry's voice, followed by the quirky "Stability," which showcases the singer's deadpan sense of humor. From there, though, Harry starts wandering down the middle of the road, with forgettable ballads ("Strike Me Pink," "Mood Ring") and overblown pop songs ("Rain"). This CD's nadir is "Communion." Using the liturgy of communion as a metaphor for sex ("Take! Eat! This is my body!"), it's sung too earnestly to be a parody, but the tacky lyrics and cheesy arrangement make the song too silly to be enjoyable. I don't know if Harry should be more embarrassed for recording it or having a hand in writing it. Things improve later on, with "Standing In My Way"--a definite nod toward Harry's Blondie days--and the tribal groove of "Dog Star Girl." Perhaps the best tracks, though, are the bonus ones: "My Last Date with You" (with REM) and "Tear Drops." These do-wop gems are ideally suited for Harry, and she performs them expertly. Too bad her best perfomances are tacked on as a CD extra.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Shimada on May 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Debbie's voice just gets better and better as she becomes older. This CD is a fine proof for that. You can hear almost the same voice as in NO EXIT--- very mature, articulate, powerful and sexy. All the songs are surprisingly in such high quality that even now it doesn't sound old a bit. This album will be treasured for decades, as it has been, by all the Debbie fans around the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd A. Johnson on June 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After reading some rather puzzling reviews that would steer even a devoted fan away, I decided to give you a real review by a real fan.
"Debravation" is a step up from it's predecessor, 1989's "Def Dumb & Blonde". On this album, Debbie seems to have figued out how to balance her desire to experiment with the record company's demand for the perfect album. And instead of trying to avoid being associated with Blondie, she readily uses their best skill of various styled songs to produce an album that actually seems more sure of her solo abilities.
As on "Def Dumb & Blonde", "Debravation" utilizes multiple producers and outside collaborators. But this time, they are more involved than on the previous disc. By using the other artists more and Chris Stein less, Debbie is finally able to do a Debbie Harry album.
"Debravation" has contributions of very talented yet under appreciated musicians such as Anne Dudley from Art Of Noise (on "Strike Me Pink") and Jon Astley (on "Keep On Going"). Also lending his skills is current Blondie bassist Leigh Foxx, who co-wrote the high-energy rocker "Standing In My Way". Add to this the still important genius of Chris Stein (who else would think to set Willam Gibson to futuristic funk?) and you get the most intriguing solo effort since "KooKoo" in 1981. And this one seems less afraid of the Blondie legacy than any of her recordings during her hiatus. "Debravation" is able to run a parallel line along side any Blondie release. It shows that Debbie was more than just a pretty face to sell the product of some very talented men. She was as much a force in Blondie as Chris, Jimmy, Clem, Gary, Nigel or Frank and this album is the proof.
Now, it is known among the devotees that Debbie and Chris weren't totally satisfied with this album.
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