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Necessary Evil

Debbie HarryAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eleven Seven Music
  • ASIN: B000SM7QVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Anyone hoping for the 62-year-old Debbie Harry to sit up and act her age will be sorely disappointed by the former Blondie vixen's sixth solo album (and first in 14 years). Viscerally contemporary, Necessary Evil harnesses youthful exuberance from across the charts, and Harry and her team of producers and songwriting partners do radio-ready rock, pop, and soul-lite with à la mode savvy to spare. Big-time sing-alongs ("Two Times Blue," "You're Too Hot") rub elbows with spare, distorted guitar lines piled in arena-sized stacks ("Love with Vengeance," "Charm Redux," and the especially vivacious "Whiteout"). "The Devil's dick is hard to handle," Harry growls in "School for Scandal," encapsulating the attitude of shameless defiance coursing through this and other lean, mean, up-tempo numbers like the half-rapped, full-lipped "Dirty and Deep." Between the reversed hip-hop break bisecting "Charm Alarm," the title track's stolen riff from Rage Against the Machine's "Know Your Enemy," and Harry's bits of Internet imagery, this album won't dare let go of its of-the-moment moxie. Gumdrops like the flaccid "What Is Love" and closer "Paradise" are irrevocable but few; in all, the occasional slice of tripe strangely sweetens Harry's otherwise surprising longevity, ready to rock and salty as ever. --Jason Kirk

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Following the ending of Blondie's second life as a recording and touring outfit, and nearly a decade and a half after her last solo record, Debbie Harry, at the age of 62, makes a surprisingly feisty and invigorating return to form on the spunky Necessary Evil. Recorded with songwriting and production assistance from the likes of longtime collaborator Chris Stein and young production team Super Buddha, this album features echoes of early Blondie's ironic updating of classic '60s pop (the Phil Spector-like "Two Times Blue" shows where Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse got many of their ideas) mixed with contemporary Hip Hop and Electro Rock influences. Highlights include the lascivious "Dirty and Deep" and the lovely ballad "If I Had You," a worthy successor to Blondie's glorious love song "In the Flesh." At an age when many of Harry's contemporaries, such as Elvis Costello or Nick Lowe, are working in musical styles that have no connection to the modern Pop marketplace, Debbie Harry proves that it's possible to rock the mainstream at any age.

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NECESSARY addition to Debbie's Discography! October 9, 2007
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In the past 30 years, Deborah Harry has not only established herself as the coolest woman in the universe, but also as the most adventurous recording artists ever. Throughout her career with Blondie, The Jazz Passengers, and her other four solo albums, she has pretty much tackled every musical genre that's out there.
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.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of THE one and only New York Diva!! October 9, 2007
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I have seen some good and some odd reviews of this cd but to me as a fan of Ms. Harry since 1979 it is always a welcome site to see a new cd as either Blondie or Jazz Passengers or as a solo act-- you know you are going to get something new and different to hear.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rock 'n' Roll Nod With a Punk Sensability! November 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Now, here's the thing folks...I have read many of your reviews, and I cannot, for the life of me, understand why some of you rated this CD one star? Most of you rated is as I did with 5 stars, but I am directing this to the few who rated it lower. First and foremost, I am truly not a "gritty, grundgy, punk rocker"... I prefer Debbie singing her sweet falsetto to a thumping dance beat. I have ALWAYS loved previous outings like "Sweet and Low", "In Love With Love", "Backfired", and of course all of the Blondie classics. But, here is a CD that is so atypical of all of that. It is hard rocking and edgy. You can just feel the energy that Debbie is putting into these songs! From the pop gem, "Two Times Blue", which could easily be a "Maria" remake, to the hard to catagorize "Love You With A Vengence", and the somewhat tribal "Deep End", it is truly a masterpiece!

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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEBBIE HARRY IS TOO HOT! October 13, 2007
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On "Necessary Evil" Debbie Harry rocks out harder than she has in years (with just a slice of hip hop as we've come to expect). With most of the tracks (particularly "White Out" and "You're Too Hot") Debbie proves she still has punk attitude in spades. It's an album full of sing a long hooks and her voice is magnificent throughout. It sounds like she was really enjoying herself with this one. I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its too hot! November 2, 2007
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This album is too hot! After a couple listens I was hooked and now the cd has yet to escape my car's cd player. This is one disc to not miss. Thank you Debbie for taking the time to get this out after so long an absence as a solo artist. DJ Gary
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd.
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 11 months ago by C. L. price
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening to Deborah's vocals is like drinking Dom Perignon.
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 more
Published 16 months ago by Rob Ritchey
5.0 out of 5 stars LONG LIVE DEBORAH HARRY !!!!!!
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 more
Published on October 11, 2011 by Dan Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars NECESSARY ALBUM
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 more
Published on December 3, 2010 by Thomas Tarpley
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Love It!
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 more
Published on August 27, 2010 by tonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Blondie's two reformation albums
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 more
Published on June 4, 2010 by B. S. Marlay
5.0 out of 5 stars Neccesary to Own!!!!!!!!!!!
This CD is the best by Debby. Esspecially the songs Neccesary evil, Two Time Blue, and School for Scandal. All Around the album is just AMAZING
Published on February 11, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deeply Satisfying Musical Experience
It's no cosmic revelation that Nancy Sinatra and Deborah Harry broke the ground which Madonna has so successfully cultivated: intelligent off-center sorta-rock with a street-smart... Read more
Published on June 25, 2008 by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Two times Fantastic Necessary 'purchase'
Deborah Harry is a Goddess, an icon, and a legend. This her first solo album in nearly 14 years ranks among some of her best work. Read more
Published on April 22, 2008 by blondeguy10
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Debbie Harry's Best Work (with/without Blondie)
Having received the new Debbie Harry CD "Necessary Evil" as a birthday gift, five weeks prior to writing this review, I am pleased to say that this is, quite possibly, Harry's best... Read more
Published on March 16, 2008 by KevinAllenPoe
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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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