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With NECESSARY EVIL, Debbie doesn't waste time trying to prove what she can do. We already know. It's a solid pop album that offers up some diverse musical landscapes, but does not zig zag all over the place like her last two solo albums ("Def Dumb & Blonde" & "Debravation") and the last two Blondie releases ("No Exit" & "Curse of Blondie"). The sequencing of the songs on NECESSARY EVIL is perfect. The infectious grooves and melodies blend together wonderfully. "Two Times Blue" starts the album as a luscious pop wonder which is followed by the harder hitting "School for Scandal", which shows that age is no barrier for delivering cool, sexy lyrics. "If I Had You" is a power ballad that gives a nod to the girl group sound of the sixties, or more obviously, Blondie's earliest material of the same nature. "You're Too Hot" is a hypnotic sizzler with only six words ever sung (or shouted) that takes the album to a boiling point. This song has stayed in my head non-stop since I saw her perform it on the True Colors Tour back in June! "Whiteout" is a sublime pumping track that is equally addictive as "You're Too Hot". Two stand-out ballads are "Needless to Say" and the album closer "Paradise" (a beautiful song told from the perspective of a suicide bomber!).
What's most remarkable about NECESSARY EVIL is that Deborah Harry seems to be having fun on the record. That's pretty amazing for someone who has been in the business as long as she has.Read more ›
When I first played the cd I was a bit taken back with some of the songs-- There are some that I would have left off (Charm Redux and Heat Of The Moment) but then I read an interview with VH1- their Track by Track series and in that Debbie goes through each track and gives you an idea of the song's origin or meaning or the fact that some of the instrumentals through out the cd is to break up the theme of some songs or add a different feel to others and I am thinking that here is a woman who has busted her butt for over 30 years and she can basically set this cd up as she wished. The new Billboard interview also lets you know that she recorded the cd basically with her own money and really is set up for her fans and not sure how well it will actually sell but wanted to make a cd for herself and fans alone. Be damned with what others think I guess.
So here is what I think of Necessary Evil. The lead track "Two Times Blue" is to me not even the best track on the cd. It is a "Maria" type pop hit that has such a killer hook -- try and find the Nickel And Dime radio remix because that is THE best version of the track. Now for the most part on the cd Debbie is much more aggressive sexually lyrically and vocally than the last 2 Blondie cds. "School For Scandal" is pure Alternative Rock that smolders with her delivery. The best track on the new cd is the 3rd song "If I Had You"-- flawless from the intro to the end of the song. It is heart on sleeve/honest Debbie vocals shining all through the song.Read more ›
In closing, as I said before, I love my Debbie "fluff", but the meatier Debbie is is much more filling in the long run.
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VERY COOL ALBUM.....MORE PEOPLE NEED TO LISTEN TO THIS AMAZING ICON'S, NEWER ALBUMS.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
She has come a long way from her early years. Her new CD has the flavour of her early work with a mixed of new vibes. It has slow mixed with upbeat tunes. Get it!Published on May 27, 2013 by C. L. price
I loved listening to her voice in the early Blondie days, but I'm even more blown away by the way she's stretched her "chops" to show her diversity in musical styles. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by refinedbimusic
This is Deborah Harry at her best!!! great album all the way through! Definitely one of the best albums of the year! Would have won a grammy, if the grammys did not suck. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Dan Lawson
At 62 years old Deborah Harry never ceases to AMAZE me. For nearly 4 decades Deborah and her Blondie crew have delighted us with one great album after another. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Thomas Tarpley
I have been a fan since the very first album came out. I just fell in love with her voice.I can honestly say she is my favorite singer of all time. Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by tonio
Though it takes a few listens to get into, it doesn't take long to realize that Deborah Harry's 2007 release, `Necessary Evil', is the best pop thing she has recorded since 1989's... Read morePublished on June 4, 2010 by B. S. Marlay
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I too bought the import (I bought one from the record company website where Debbie is supposed to sign the booklet so that is a plus). The best tracks are Necessary Evil which is an in your face swagger track, You're Too Hot with Debbie playing guitar and the best song on the cd- If I Had You--... Read More
Sep 24, 2007 by K. Eisenberger | See all 2 posts
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