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Necessary Evil CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000TKW3DS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Two Times Blue
  2. School For Scandal
  3. If I Had You
  4. Deep End
  5. Love With A Vengeance
  6. Necessary Evil
  7. Charm Redux
  8. You're Too Hot
  9. Dirty & Deep
  10. What Is Love
  11. Whiteout
  12. Needless To Say
  13. Heat Of The Moment
  14. Charm Alarm
  15. Jen Jen (Bonus Track)
  16. Naked Eye (Bonus Track)
  17. Paradise (Bonus Track)

Product Description

A mere fifteen years since the last record that bore the name of the former and current Blondie singer, Necessary Evil is a welcome and barely anticipated surprise. Wider in scope than the consciously nostalgic sound of her revived band, Necessary Evil is very much Harry’s record, despite the input of up and coming New York production team Super Buddha. Single "Two Times Blue" is a solid slab of radio friendly eighties New Wave, while "Dirty and Deep" sounds contemporary enough to appear on radio next to the present day divas that are its subject. Better still are less obvious moments. "Jen Jen" evokes nothing as much as Talking Heads (or their admirers) taking on West African funk, the Chris Stein-penned number barely connected with Harry. Her inexplicably underrated voice is stretched on the bleakly impressive ballad "What Is Love", almost European in its gloom. Less elegant are the edgy "Whiteout" and "You’re Too Hot", its subject self-explanatory. Given her current status as a bohemian pensioner and national treasure, it’s guaranteed to gross out the kids. Not that she should care. Every skinny tied hopeful or mini-skirted wannabe is Debbie’s child in some way. --Steve Jelbert

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan Falkirk on 18 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
It comes as no surprise that the latest outing by Deborah Harry is a sonic assault on the listener - having been a fan of both DH and Blondie since 1975 (small kid back then!), I've grown up to realise that DH never releases an immediately accessible album when it comes to solo work. Her single releases are always radio friendly but act as no clue to the main work of the album.

The latest is the most complex and diverse collection of songs so far in her solo catalogue. However, all is not lost - give it time and you will find that the album starts to make sense and ..... even sounds cohesive if you can manage to leave your finger off the skip button on second listen!

Forget the classic 80's pop of the opener "Two Times Blue" the all familiar "Blondie" pop sound starts and finishes here - it's a great track and deserves its rightful place as the first act, however, it all goes true DH thereafter with an amazing range of musical styles fusing together as you travel an intelligent sonic soundscape which crosses all genres, it abuses your ears;('School for Scandal', 'Necessary Evil') has you relaxing;('If I Had You', 'What is Love', 'Needless to Say') makes you feel uncomfortable;('You're Too Hot', 'Charm Redux'), makes you want to dance; ('Deep End', 'Whiteout' and the fantastic experimental tribal funk of 'Jen Jen') and then back to chilling with the lyrically ironic 'Paradise'.

This is not a pop, punk, rock or alt album - it's a 100% Deborah Harry album and it's well worth the time and effort, musics leading lady never fails to challenge her own boundaries and styles and in so doing, brings the listener a truly unique experience unmatched by any of the competition, past, future and present!

Welcome back Deborah Harry - it's been too long.

Main reasons to buy: Jen Jen, Deep End, Whiteout & Needless to Say - 100% Fantastic

Summary: Buy, Perservere and most of all, Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Cowan on 3 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
When i first played this album I couldn't really remember any of the tracks except Two Times Blue, which I'd heard already on Debbie's myspace page but after a few listens, the tracks start to jump out.
Lead single Two Times Blue is a great pop song which deserves a single release and radio play. It sounds a bit like the Blondie UK number 1 hit Maria, which is no bad thing.
Other top tracks are the melodic If I Had You, the quirky Love With a Vengeance, a spikey You're Too Hot a punky Whiteout and a romantic Needless to Say. I love Deborah's vocal gymnastics at the start of You're Too Hot. Her voice has matured a little, in the same way that Joni Mitchell's has, though she still sounds fantastic and you can't mistake her for anyone else. I'm happy that Deborah Harry is still making music and I do really like this album. It sounds very 'current' and makes the most of new technology which is good to hear, as the production on an album like Debravation sounds quite dated to me now. Buy it and keep it in your player for a while, it's a a good way
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
She's 62, it's fourteen years since her last solo album and Blondie are doing great business on the revival circuit. So the question is, is there any real need for a new Deborah Harry solo record in 2007?

Maybe not, but if she uses the opportunity to come up with something as willfully odd and undeniably brilliant as You're Too Hot then I'll forgive her anything. I swear to god, if Beyonce did this song it would be at number one for weeks. It sparkles with a wit and invention that is increasingly missing from the pop charts these days.

Of course it goes without saying that a whole album of this is too much to ask for but there are enough sparks to make this a worthwhile purchase for any existing fan. Dirty & Deep is the best song Madonna has never done, Paradise slows things down a touch to great effect and the title track is another winner.

To be fair there is a fair share of stuff I won't really listen to again, but you can't have everything can you? Patchy it may be, but at it's best it reminds you just how vital Deborah Harry has been...and still is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Marlay on 5 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
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 solo `Def Dumb and Blonde'. Every bit as eclectic as that, 1993's `Debravation' and the two albums the reformed Blondie has recorded ( `No Exit' and `The Curse of Blondie'),it is basically a 14 track set, produced by Super Buddha (Scissor Sisters, Rufus Wainwright), with three bonus tracks (two produced by Chris Stein and one by Bill Ware from the Jazz Passengers) wisely left to the end of the track list.

The main 14 track set starts off with the infectious adult dance track and single, `Too Times Blue', with the somewhat sappy `If I Had You' two tracks later. These are the most "mainstream" moments on the record, with the latter sounding uncomfortably like something you might expect someone like Avril Levigne to record. Track four, `Deep End', is the undisputed show stopper of the album, replete with water metaphors. With its hard new wave musical and vocal overtones and sweet chorus, it delves into the courage of going with new love and banishing the fear of being wounded.

Other major highlights include the equally new-wave influenced title track with its sassy spoken-word verses and wry chorus, the avante-garde funk of `Love With A Vengeance', and the screeching art bar repetition of `You're Too Hot'.
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