Astronaut

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Without the prodding of Bands Reunited,VH-1's guilty-pleasure swoop-down on estranged '80s pop bands, the five original members of pinup boy band and music video superstars Duran Duran have regrouped -- including the unrelated Taylor triumvirate of heartthrob bassist John, brooding drummer Roger, and scrappy guitarist Andy -- for their first studio album in 21 years. And considering that everything about the capitalism-crazed "me" decade -- from garish fashions to middle-aged New Romantic icons -- is en vogue again, the Duran reunion is perfectly timed. Assisted by pop-smart producers Don Gilmore (Good Charlotte, Linkin Park) and Dallas Austin (Madonna, TLC), the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Without the prodding of Bands Reunited,VH-1's guilty-pleasure swoop-down on estranged '80s pop bands, the five original members of pinup boy band and music video superstars Duran Duran have regrouped -- including the unrelated Taylor triumvirate of heartthrob bassist John, brooding drummer Roger, and scrappy guitarist Andy -- for their first studio album in 21 years. And considering that everything about the capitalism-crazed "me" decade -- from garish fashions to middle-aged New Romantic icons -- is en vogue again, the Duran reunion is perfectly timed. Assisted by pop-smart producers Don Gilmore (Good Charlotte, Linkin Park) and Dallas Austin (Madonna, TLC), the original quintet update their whirling, synth-washed pop without sounding dated. Riding John's bubbling bass and Andy's frenetic guitar riffs, "Want You More!" recaptures the danceable soul-pop of their side band Power Station. Meanwhile, frontman Simon LeBon is as charismatic and earnest sounding as ever. The bulk of the disc is pure nostalgic bliss, from the cheeky funk of "Bedroom Toys," featuring a badass bass line by Chic's Nile Rodgers, to the upbeat lead single "(Reach Up For The) Sunrise," to the freaky "Taste the Summer." The latter track finds LeBon, in full Brian Ferry mode, seductively cooing, "Can you taste the summer, I do, I find it in your mouth." Perhaps a better question is, can you hear the shrieks of a million maturing former Duran-iacs? We do. These wild boys have still got it.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"It's like the Mamas & the Papas meets Kraftwerk." This line, more baffling than a lyric like "Shake up the picture, the lizard mixture, with your dance on the eventide," is how Simon LeBon described Astronaut to Rolling Stone. If it was meant to lower expectations of the first Duran Duran album to feature the Fab Five (meaning LeBon, Nick Rhodes, and the trio of unrelated Taylors) since Seven and the Ragged Tiger, it worked. Astronaut, rest assured, sounds nothing like that match made in hell. Instead, it resembles what the average lapsed Durannie might expect or even hope for -- a modern-sounding mixture of extroverted dance-pop and rock, with a couple of relatively subdued and introverted moments. No sound seems forced, and you can tell that the members are thrilled to be in the same studio with one another. Despite a disparate lineup of producers, including Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Avril Lavigne) and Dallas Austin (Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson, Pink), the songs slide into one another as well as they do on any of the group's early albums. The big, glossy, buoyant songs work best, containing punching choruses and sleekly raucous motifs that manage to trigger faint memories without sounding recycled. The lighthearted mid-tempo funk of "Bedroom Toys," however, is a randy nightmare that's almost as awkward as any of the covers on Thank You. Even with a handful of forgettable songs beyond that, the album is easily the best one credited to the Duran Duran name since 1993's Wedding Album. That's not saying much, but the fact that these five fortysomethings have made something fresh and contemporary -- without acknowledging the '80s revival(s) -- is a feat of some kind. (Note: short-fused Roxy Music fans are advised to avoid looking inside the accompanying booklet.) [An SACD encoded version of the album appeared in 2005.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/20/2005
  • Label: SONY
  • UPC: 828767617527
  • Catalog Number: 76175

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (Reach Up for The) Sunrise (3:25)
  2. 2 Want You More! (3:37)
  3. 3 What Happens Tomorrow (4:04)
  4. 4 Astronaut (3:24)
  5. 5 Bedroom Toys (3:50)
  6. 6 Nice (3:26)
  7. 7 Taste the Summer (3:52)
  8. 8 Finest Hour (3:55)
  9. 9 Chains (4:46)
  10. 10 One of Those Days (3:45)
  11. 11 Point of No Return (4:57)
  12. 12 Still Breathing (5:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duran Duran Primary Artist
Andy Taylor Background Vocals, Group Member
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Sally Boyden Background Vocals
Simon LeBon Group Member
Nick Rhodes Group Member
John Hoy Taylor Group Member
Roger Taylor Group Member
John Taylor Group Member
Technical Credits
Jason Nevins Programming, Engineer
Mark Tinley Programming, Engineer
Duran Duran Producer, Executive Producer
Nile Rodgers Producer, Vocal Producer
Dallas Austin Producer, Engineer
Don Gilmore Producer, Engineer
Richard Hilton Engineer, Digital Editing
Rick Sheppard Engineer, Digital Editing
Paul Wright III Engineer
Daniel Mendez Engineer, Digital Editing
Sean Hogan Artwork
Patty Palazzo Artwork
Bernie Beca Artwork
Clarissa Tossin Artwork
Sara Syms Graphic Design
Guy Farley String Arrangements
Leon Zervos Mastering
Vlado Meller Mastering
John Warwicker Graphic Editing
Mike Clink Producer
Daniel E. Catullo III Producer, Executive Producer
Wendy Laister Executive Producer
Tilton Gardner Executive Producer
Melanie Vaughan Producer
Heidi Kelso Producer
Robert McClaugherty Executive Producer
Kristian Schull Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Astronaut- Out of this world

    Duran-Duran returned to the airwaves by releasing a solid set of awesome songs. The opening track Reach out for the sunrise reveals the bands inner strength to succeed again and never give up. Simons voice is just as strong as in their heyday. Rogers drumming and Johns pounding bass-line sets up Andys guitar and Nicks syn. Blended together they produce that Duran-Duran sound which captivated us in the 80's, teased us in the 90's, and grab us today. The bands ability to adapt to the ever changing tastes of society ensure us they will continue to rock us for years to come.

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