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BOSTON NOW - 8th October 2007

A Necessary addition to your CD collection
John Black

4 stars

There's a fine tradition of young musicians and producers teaming up with more, shall we say vintage musical talents to produce great music. Ryan Adams did it with Willie Nelson for Songbird. Jack White did it with Loretta Lynn for Van Lear Rose. And now the New York production team Super Buddha (Barb Morrison and Charles Nieland) have done it with Blondie's Deborah Harry for Necessary Evil. It's clear that Super Buddha know the Blondie catalogue very well since the CD has songs that could easily fit into the band's catalogue. The opening cut, Two Times Deep, sounds like Blondie of the Eat to the Beat era, while Dirty and Deep has the disco/rap feel of Rapture down pat.

But Necessary Evil isn't just a Blondie CD by another name. Harry stretches her style beyond her comfort zone and the payoff is near perfect. All you need to do is hear her opening howl on You're Too Hot to know this is Harry like you've never heard her before. And that's a good thing.

Link: BOSTON NOW - 8th October 2007


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