12 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When 50-somethings update their sound to modern trends, it risks coming off like a midlife crisis–the sonic equivalent of a Harley Davidson and ponytail. Duran Duran are self-aware enough to carry it off though, even on EDM banger “Last Night in the City”. Top-notch collaborators help, particularly Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers and Janelle Monáe on robo-disco romp “Pressure Off”, while worldly-wise lyrics and irresistible hooks ensure this is a graceful re-invention. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

When 50-somethings update their sound to modern trends, it risks coming off like a midlife crisis–the sonic equivalent of a Harley Davidson and ponytail. Duran Duran are self-aware enough to carry it off though, even on EDM banger “Last Night in the City”. Top-notch collaborators help, particularly Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers and Janelle Monáe on robo-disco romp “Pressure Off”, while worldly-wise lyrics and irresistible hooks ensure this is a graceful re-invention. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

JCR138 ,

Paper Gods is Great!

I love this sound. Paper Gods in incredible.

Can't wait to see them at Red Rocks this weekend. It'll be their first show there and my first Red Rocks concert.

Thanks, guys!

ElectronicMusicFan ,

Abysmal album

I am absolutely stunned at the 4.5 and 5 star customer reviews of this album. With some even calling it the best of their career. It literally makes me speechless. This is hands down the worse thing this band has ever done IMO. And they've released some terrible albums ("Liberty" and "Red Carpet Masacre" immediately come to mind). Duran Duran's first three albums made them international superstars. With several hit singles. In just three short years. But then success finally kicked in and they lost two of their band members as a result. Which would have been a huge blow to most bands. But then DD shifted gears with their sound bringing on Nile Rodgers to produce their fourth album. And then two completely unknown producers for their fifth. For their sixth album ("Liberty"), they at least brought in a seasoned producer. Chris Kimsey, who produced the Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Joan Jett, the Cult and the Psychedelic Furs. To name a few. But the material was terrible. No producer could have saved that album. After that came their comeback, the self titled "Duran Duran". Dubbed "The Wedding Album". Then "Thank You", "Medazzaland" and "Pop Trash". All three mostly big snores. And they lost yet another original member in the process (John Taylor). Then all five members returned for "Astronaut". Yet another stupid name for an album which was mediocre at best. But it was excitig to see the original "Fab Five" together again. Not for long though. Andy Taylor leaves yet again sometime during the "Astronaut" era. So now what? For their next release, word got out that Mark Ronson would be producing. Who was a super fan of their early work. Which was promising. And that album, "All You Need Is Now", was fantastic. Amazing. The best thing they've released since 1983. Every single track was great. The entire album sounded both retro and yet current. It was also hands down one of the best albums of the year. I learned that Mark Ronson was going to be producing their next album too, and I get very excited. Then, I heard Nile Rodgers was coming back as well. And my heart sunk. But I went in with an open mind. Pencils down. The album is terrible. And sad. With all the "featured guests". Duran Duran are trying to be something they're not. A band trying to appeal only to the current younger music buying public. And they fail miserably. Because none of these songs sound like something teens to early 20 somethings would buy. My friend said it best, "Duran Duran are now the creepy old men showing up at the bar".

Greg T Carpenter ,

DD should stick to pop rock

So, DD made a dance album. The problem is, this isn't their strength as a band. Sure, you could dance to many of their early hits, but at their core, they were a pop band with a rock edge. That DD finally shows up on the last 2 songs, but the preceding songs are a collection of forgettable, dance fluff. They really need a guitarist on the writing team again.

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