Necessary Evil

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11

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  1. 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 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 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. Expand
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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. Uncut
    40
    The results are frequently souless and over-produced. [October 2007, p.93]
  2. Q Magazine
    40
    There's commendable variety among these 17 tracks, but little that rises above the mediocre. [Oct 2007, p.98]
  3. Debbie Harry's sixth solo album starts off strong, or at least nostalgic, with a pair of ebullient New Wave pop-rockers, 'Two Times Blue' and 'School for Scandal.' Then it just gets stupid.