Necessary Evil (Deborah Harry album)

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Necessary Evil
Studio album by Deborah Harry
Released September 15, 2007
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop rock
Label Eleven Seven Records
Producer Barb Morrison, Charles Nieland, Chris Stein, Bill Ware
Deborah Harry chronology
Most of All: The Best of Deborah Harry
(1999)
Necessary Evil
(2007)
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Necessary Evil, is the fifth solo album by American singer Deborah Harry. Released in September 2007, it is her first solo album in fourteen years. The album contains fourteen tracks (seventeen in some territories), including the first single "Two Times Blue", released on the iTunes Store on June 6, 2007. Harry promoted the album on Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour 2007, performing a number of songs from the album. Upon its release in the UK, it debuted at #86. In the US, it debuted at #37 on the Independent Chart.

In several interviews, Harry said the album was recorded slowly. At first, the project was just a handful of songs from over a few years that she had never intended to develop into a full album. Debbie had also stated that a song from the recording, "If I Had You", is what inspired the whole creation of the album. Then, before she knew it, she was working with Barb Morrison and Charles Nieland of production team Super Buddha and found herself on the Eleven Seven Music label.

The initial release date was set for the end of summer, but it was continuously pushed back until its release in autumn. On January 18, 2008, an official music video for "If I Had You" was released[1] and on Harry's official blog, she stated the song was the planned second single.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Two Times Blue
About this sound Listen "  
Debbie Harry, Barbara Jean Morrison, Charles W. Nieland Super Buddha  
2. "School for Scandal"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
3. "If I Had You"   Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
4. "Deep End"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
5. "Love with a Vengeance"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
6. "Necessary Evil"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
7. "Charm Redux"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
8. "You're Too Hot"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
9. "Dirty and Deep"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland, Sean Travis Dempsey Super Buddha  
10. "What Is Love"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
11. "Whiteout"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
12. "Needless to Say"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
13. "Heat of the Moment"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland Super Buddha  
14. "Charm Alarm"   Harry, Morrison, Nieland, Guy Furrow Super Buddha  

Additional tracks[edit]

The following tracks also appear on the US CD release
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
15. "Jen Jen"   Chris Stein Chris Stein  
16. "Naked Eye"   Harry, Stein Stein  
17. "Paradise"   Roy Nathanson, Bill Ware Bill Ware  

Musicians[edit]

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Release history[edit]

Region Date
Ireland September 15, 2008[6]
United Kingdom September 17, 2008
United States October 9, 2007
Germany October 26, 2008

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