2007 is turning out to be the year of ageing diva. Annie Lennox, Kylie, Thelma Houston, Celine Dion and Chaka Khan have all made waves with new or soon to be released albums. Sadly, Debbie Harry's first solo album in 14 years has been all but overlooked by everyone except her hardcore fans. I've been meaning to write something about "Necessary Evil" since its September release but I'm still trying to process it. Debbie has never played by the rules and her latest opus is another sublime mess of conflicting styles and genres. "Necessary Evil" remains something of an addictive mystery but one thing I'm not confused about is the quality of the album's first single, the superb "Two Times Blue".
"Two Times Blue" is Debbie's most immediate and catchy single since "I Want That Man". The irresistible blend of guitars and subtle electronic bleeps provides the perfect canvas for the most spine chilling chorus of the year. "Two Times Blue" is positively grand. Unfortunately, no one seems to have noticed. Happily, Debbie's gorgeous anthem is slowly finding an audience with dance fans thanks to the Soul Seekerz's brilliant remixes. Soul Seekerz are probably best known for working their magic on Dannii's "Perfection" (and for destroying Robyn's "Handle Me") but the "Two Times Blue" remixes could be their finest moment. The extended mix is truly a thing of beauty but I'm posting an equally fabulous radio edit.
"Two Times Blue" is yet to be released in Australia and as far as I know there are no plans to do so in the future. You should be able to find a copy of "Necessary Evil" on Ebay or you could order it from Amazon or HMV UK. Make sure you check out Debbie's Myspace and drop by Soul Seekerz' Myspace while you're there. Don't be put off by the video clip for "Two Times Blue" (below) - it's kind of terrifying but the song is pure bliss!