Yeah, yeah. It’s old news, but if you can believe it, I finally got around to hearing this “new” Duran Duran album that came out five years ago. While everyone and their billy goat were bleating the praises of the Mark Ronson helmed “All You Need Is Now” I stayed my hand. Due to a case of the dreaded format paralysis. There was the 9-track iTunes download, to be followed by the physical CD with a further five tracks, and the inevitably fussy “retailer exclusives/foreign editions” which trickled another four racks into their respective captive markets. Homey don’t play dat. All I ask is that there can be multiple configurations, sure, but make sure there is one configuration to contain all of the music. If it costs twice as much, so be it. Rack space is at a premium in the record cell, and I don’t want multiple CDs clogging up the space.
This does not even take into account the $infully expen$ive 5xLP Vinyl Factory boxed $et which at £250 [$384.08 in October 12, 2015 dollars!] which I will not deign to link to out of spite. Suffice to say that there are still unsold copies of the scant pressing of 500 languishing in the Vinyl Factory storage facility to this day. Good luck with that, fellas.
I have Mr. Ware to thank for this dramatic turn of events. as he sent me the “Best Buy Edition” of this album and the glisteningly new album “Paper Gods” which is actually [gasp!] current, it its “Target Edition” as birthday presents for yours truly last month. I guess corporations now have naming right for albums. It’s come to that. So with five years worth of new Duran Duran in house, I thought it would be prudent to append the infamous Duran Duran Rock G.P.A. to take the graph into 2015 with reviews of these last two albums. This is a first for PPM, but probably not the last time that this may occur.
Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now | 2011 – 4
Word got out that hot producer/artist Mark Ronson [Amy Winehouse] wanted to produce Duran Duran and get them back into fighting shape after the commercial debacle and roundly rejected “Red Carpet Massacre” album of 2007 [which, for the record, I actually loved]. The band were quickly ejected from Epic Records and Ronson stated that his aim was to get the “album that should have come after ‘Rio'” down on wax. Brother, that was a loaded statement if I had ever heard one. I was of the opinion that the group went pear-shaped [for the first of several times] at exactly that point, but could he hit that target without resorting to the dreaded self-pastiche?
The first track and freebie iTunes single was a pretty successful transition from the RCM ethos back to the band’s comfort zone with angular, quirky verses rubbing shoulder pads with a patented Duran Duran sing-along chorus. In that I liked both approaches, this was a somewhat safe but, certainly agreeable song. It corrected the “Taylor-free zone” traits that meant that the band’s capable rhythm section were m.i.a. on “Red Carpet Massacre” but were back in force here. How would the rest of the album fare?
Next: …Assuming the mantle