Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Review: Duran Duran - All You Need Is Now

Duran Duran came out with their 13th studio album All You Need Is Now just last year.  Featuring the original members, with the exception of Andy Taylor, this album is a return to their early roots.  Though lacking the catchiness of Rio or even their self-titled debut, All You Need Is Now is still recognizable as old-school Duran Duran. Simon Le Bon's vocals soar with that old familiar tone, but several guest artists make their presence known, which can be a bit annoying unless you are a fan of these musicians - I know I'm not.

After several listens to All You Need Is Now, I found that no particular song stuck in my craw.  Most of the tracks are throwaways or B-side fodder; lacking the urgency and appeal of their earlier material.  But still, if you're a Duran Duran fan, perhaps you will find something here to like. Available as a MP3 download, CD, and even a double LP.  So recommended, but with caveats - for major Duran Duran fans only.

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