Red Carpet Massacre
A little over a year since the reunion of all five members of Duran Duran gave us the comeback album Astronaut, The band comes back with a dance album. Happy Trails, Andy Taylor and Nile Rogers. Grettings Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. I keep harping on this, I suppose, but if you're expecting Girls on Film or Rio you arent going to find it anymore. While the single, Falling Down, and Box Full O'Honey are the closest things you're going to get to classic Duran Duran, they're still more Duran Duran (Wedding Album) than Duran Duran (Debut)
Right from the start you can tell this album is pretty much a modern hip-hoppy album with music right from what i would assume are the clubs of cities who actually have nightlives. Living in Pittsburgh, I've only heard stories of such things. The Valley sets the tone for the album, and while it is lyrically abysmal, musically it gets you going, especially around the 2:30 mark when John Taylor's bass comes back to life. The title track is one of the better songs on the album--it's Girls on Film twenty five years later. Skin Divers is the better of the two cookie cutter Timbaland dance tracks, if only because it actually sounds like the band and not just Simon singing over a preproduced track.
The instrumental, Tricked Out, and following track, Zoom In, are probably the best two songs on the album. After those two, the remaining tracks on the album are pretty much filler. I think this is a decent album. I don't like it as much as I like Astronaut or Medazzaland, but it's on par with Pop Trash