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thisislondon - 14th September 2007

Deborah Harry
Necessary Evil (Eleven Seven)
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A 14-year gap between albums suggests the artist still really known as Debbie Harry has been neglecting what was already a farfromglittering solo career. Necessary Evil, her mostly self-written fifth outing, finds her in instantly recognisable vocal form: a little bit lascivious on School for Scandal; a little bit strutting on Charm Alarm and a little bit winsome on Love with a Vengeance, which erupts halfway through into a percussive cacophony. So far so good, but, as if she's too scared to really let go, Harry is let down by some stodge in what is a too-long album and the flat Eighties production which ruined her flat Eighties albums. So, while there's nothing here that dents her iconic status, she might regret not pushing herself a little more. JOHN AIZLEWOOD 

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