(Five Seven Music /ADA – October 9th)
October 9th, 2007 sees the release of Deborah Harry’s latest album, Necessary Evil, a collection of 17 striking new songs. As a longstanding icon of the Manhattan music scene, Deborah handpicked the collaborators for this beguiling new album, working closely with New York City production team Super Buddha (Barb Morrison and Charles Nieland), Jazz Passengers’ Roy Nathanson and Bill Ware, The Toilet Boys’ Guy Furrow and Chris Stein (Blondie). The result is a stunning collection of new material that showcases Deborah’s illustrious voice and dexterity for musical genres.
Throughout her career Deborah has dazzled music fans with her talents; first as the epitome of the empowered rock n’ roll sex symbol and then as a pioneer of new wave. In recent years her spectacular voice has become even more captivating; dripping with a sophisticated elegance rarely heard in pop music. Blurring the lines between the ultra cool New York underground and the international pop scene, Deborah has infused all of her work with an exquisite artistic sensibility. Her choice of collaborations, whether in musicians, photographers, video makers, designers or auteurs has always been on the cutting edge of the downtown Manhattan scene. Her gift for recognizing burgeoning talent yet another part of her effortless cool. As one of music’s most iconic figures, Deborah Harry has influenced, inspired and impressed for decades. With her place as a pop icon secured in history, Necessary Evil provides yet another creative triumph.
On the 30th anniversary of punk, Deborah Harry releases her most confident and accomplished work in decades entitled, Necessary Evil, which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Deborah Harry is America’s finest chanteuse. First single ‘Two Times Blue’ is a return to her rock roots for which she created a haunting video with celebrated video artist and graphic designer Rob Roth. Roth’s beautiful album art was brought to life for the mesmerizing promo. Elsewhere Deborah snarls her way through the energetic ‘You’re Too Hot’ and shows her softer side with the entrancing, hypnotic ‘Deep End’.
The original pop-rock, new wave diva, Debbie Harry set the mold, incorporating everything she learned from culture pioneers like Andy Warhol, Giorgio Moroder and Fab Five Freddy into her fashion, particularly, sound. With Blondie, she and Chris Stein brought the worlds of disco and rock together with ‘Heart of Glass’ and ‘Call Me’ and broke ground by combining hip-hop and pop on ‘Rapture.’ As a solo artist, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards co-produced her first release Koo Koo in 1981. She continues to defy expectations with such genre-busting efforts as ‘French Kissing in the U.S.A.,’ ‘Rush Rush,’ ‘Rain’ and ‘The Jam Was Moving.’ Before there was Madonna and Gwen Stefani, Debbie Harry was rock’s reigning blonde pin-up icon, and both are quick to acknowledge her inspiration.
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