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Old 03-24-2011, 06:21 PM   #301
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for a second i thought this thread was turning into PLEBA.
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for a second i thought this thread was turning into PLEBA.


sorry, reminiscing and got carried away.
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DD was MY before U2. I knew all the debut album singles, but I really fell hard when "Rio" came out. I can't tell you how many times I used to listen to 'Hold Back The Rain' and 'New Religion'.
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The last time I was rehearsing with my half-assed "band" (a work thing, I don't really have a band), the bass player started noodling around with something that sounded really familiar.

It was New Religion! Ha. Then he and the drummer started talking about JT's awesome 80s bass riffs. I had no idea he liked them.
new religion is seriously possibly the best song ever. for real.
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for a second i thought this thread was turning into PLEBA.
it is!!

I'm having such a hard time keeping up here and with Duran! My two faves at once
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Without a doubt!
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:56 PM   #306
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My god the new album is wonderful. Almost all of the tracks sound like they could have been long-lost unlreleased tracks from the first three albums.
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My god the new album is wonderful. Almost all of the tracks sound like they could have been long-lost unlreleased tracks from the first three albums.


Honest to God i think i love every song on this album. That hasn't happened in a long long time with any band. There certainly was something magical in the production here. I hope these guys have a great year.
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It's an awesome album. And I've been a big critic of the band for a long time. I liked Astronaut, but not nearly this much.

Going to see them again on Thursday, they are playing a show about an hour from LA. Is anyone going to see them at Coachella?
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I'm seeing them in Pomona on Thursday, too.
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So I've never really been a huge fan of Duran Duran, mostly because they are so frustrating to listen to at times. I am obviously old enough to have first encountered them in the early 80's thanks to MTV. Loved the early stuff, and Rio is obviously the high watermark of their career.

Since then, there have been some incredible highs for me, such as A View To A Kill, Skin Trade, Ordinary World, and (Reach Up For The) Sunrise, and some truly awful showings (the Liberty album, most of Thank You, and seemingly at least half of several other discs).

But then I heard some good things about the latest album, which I didn't know was out as I really hadn't paid much attention to them lately. And when a place like Popmatters gives it a 9, well, your ears perk up and your eyebrows rise. I checked out a couple of the songs on youtube, liked what I heard, and picked up the CD the other week.

And holy shit, was I blown away. Fucking incredible album. And that's saying something coming from me, who thinks a lot of what they've done for the last 20 years has been somewhat mediocre (although I liked most of Astronaut). As a whole, it is right up there with Rio, as far as I'm concerned. It has great hooks, solid songwriting, and excellent production. And most important, they don't sound like they are trying so hard to be relevant, they are just doing what they are good at, and hell, it most definitely shows.

It's taken a long time, but they've proven they still have it in them. I hope this launches a new phase of their career, one that they can sustain. They had a chance to do that back in the 90's after the wedding album and promptly veered off course again. Here's hoping that doesn't happen again...
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aww yay! glad to see someone from b&c gave it a chance
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I'm seeing them in Pomona on Thursday, too.
I just got back from the show. Holy crap. That was the best show I've ever seen them do. My hair is sweating from dancing.

And The Chauffeur!!!!!!!!!!!
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when the hell are they going to announce some east coast dates.. grrrr perforably north east..
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i know! ugh, if they announce more dates this summer and i can't go to any i'll cry!
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So I've never really been a huge fan of Duran Duran, mostly because they are so frustrating to listen to at times. I am obviously old enough to have first encountered them in the early 80's thanks to MTV. Loved the early stuff, and Rio is obviously the high watermark of their career.

Since then, there have been some incredible highs for me, such as A View To A Kill, Skin Trade, Ordinary World, and (Reach Up For The) Sunrise, and some truly awful showings (the Liberty album, most of Thank You, and seemingly at least half of several other discs).

But then I heard some good things about the latest album, which I didn't know was out as I really hadn't paid much attention to them lately. And when a place like Popmatters gives it a 9, well, your ears perk up and your eyebrows rise. I checked out a couple of the songs on youtube, liked what I heard, and picked up the CD the other week.

And holy shit, was I blown away. Fucking incredible album. And that's saying something coming from me, who thinks a lot of what they've done for the last 20 years has been somewhat mediocre (although I liked most of Astronaut). As a whole, it is right up there with Rio, as far as I'm concerned. It has great hooks, solid songwriting, and excellent production. And most important, they don't sound like they are trying so hard to be relevant, they are just doing what they are good at, and hell, it most definitely shows.

It's taken a long time, but they've proven they still have it in them. I hope this launches a new phase of their career, one that they can sustain. They had a chance to do that back in the 90's after the wedding album and promptly veered off course again. Here's hoping that doesn't happen again...
pleased you like it- I'm a 30 year fan of Duran and I agree their albums since Wedding Album have been patchy at best (and awful at worst- Thank You, Pop Trash)

this new album has re-connected me with their music in a way I didn't think was still possible after all these years- and it feels like getting to know an absent friend again- where have you been all this time? and I love having that feeling about a Duran album again
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Yeah, I've been going back and listening to the older stuff lately, some of which I haven't listened to in years. They haven't changed much though.

For example, Seven And The Ragged Tiger is still a missed opportunity. Some great songs with horrendous filler. I don't care that it was released well in advance - Is There Something I Should Know? belongs on there. And the B-side Secret Oktober is superior to either (I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement or I Take The Dice. Insert those two songs over those bad ones, and you've got a much better album.

Unfortunately, you'd need a hell of a lot more songs to save Notorious. Just not a fan of that album at all, even though Skin Trade is on there. The sound and production is extremely dated.

I do think Big Thing is an improvement, especially the second half. Kind of wish they had done the entire album like that. Perhaps they could have and released I Don't Want Your Love/All She Wants Is as a standalone double-sided single. That would have been cool.

I'll probably zoom through the 90's at some point, even if I have to sit through Liberty and Thank You.
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And The Chauffeur!!!!!!!!!!!
That was the highlight of the show for me -- and Simon with a beard.

I loved when he sang Poker Face, too.
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Man, I wish they were coming around my neck of the woods.

The Chauffer has become one of my favorite DD songs, along with The Seventh Stranger. Just love them both.
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Yeah, I've been going back and listening to the older stuff lately, some of which I haven't listened to in years. They haven't changed much though.

For example, Seven And The Ragged Tiger is still a missed opportunity. Some great songs with horrendous filler. I don't care that it was released well in advance - Is There Something I Should Know? belongs on there. And the B-side Secret Oktober is superior to either (I'm Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement or I Take The Dice. Insert those two songs over those bad ones, and you've got a much better album.

Unfortunately, you'd need a hell of a lot more songs to save Notorious. Just not a fan of that album at all, even though Skin Trade is on there. The sound and production is extremely dated.

I do think Big Thing is an improvement, especially the second half. Kind of wish they had done the entire album like that. Perhaps they could have and released I Don't Want Your Love/All She Wants Is as a standalone double-sided single. That would have been cool.

I'll probably zoom through the 90's at some point, even if I have to sit through Liberty and Thank You.
i love both those songs off satrt, and notorious (well aside from proposition - it's like with october, the album could've ended just fine with winter marches on but they had to tack on another song). skin trade's awesome though. i never hated the song but i didn't care much for it when i first heard it. it's definitely grown on me a lot.

i hear you about big thing, though. the title track is very eh and pointless, i don't want your love was better as a single in remixed form, and i don't care much for drug in either form (the remixed version originally on big thing or the original version now on the remaster). but the second half is so awesome, it jumps a couple places on my album rankings.

and ha, can't wait to hear your thoughts on those two albums! (though i kinda prefer thank you over the wedding album )
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