Necessary Evil

Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    It boasts a definite spirit of adventure, with vocals that effortlessly tackle pop-rock, menacing funk and new-wave disco. But there are missteps, such as the torchy 'What Is Love.' [26 Oct 2007, p.67]
  3. It's not until the last few tracks that Harry finds her best collaborator--naturally, it's former Blondie bandmate and paramour Chris Stein.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. hristov.
    Oct 15, 2007
    9
    good and updated production, perfect voice. if not her best solo, surly pretty close. grab it!
  2. toddw.
    Oct 14, 2007
    9
    there were only 2 songs that i couldve done without.i think this cd is very good.its alot stronger than the last 2 Blondie cds.it can be there were only 2 songs that i couldve done without.i think this cd is very good.its alot stronger than the last 2 Blondie cds.it can be campy at times but i think thats part of the charm. Full Review »
  3. ChristianB
    Oct 14, 2007
    2
    All the evidence Deborah Harry ever needed to prove she wasn't Blondie. These songs might work with some of the band's cheeky All the evidence Deborah Harry ever needed to prove she wasn't Blondie. These songs might work with some of the band's cheeky recklessness behind them. As it stands, Harry's previous solo albums show she can do great work without them when she takes a less experimental tack. On Necessary Evil, it's painfully obvious Debbie is trying to be Blondie, without the rest of that powerhouse behind her to bring it to fruition. Bitterly disappointing from a usually inspiring performer. Full Review »