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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974787020
  • Catalog Number: 747870
  • Sales rank: 70,372

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)
  13. 13 (Reach Up for The) Sunrise
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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
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
Mike Clink Producer
Don Gilmore Producer, Engineer
Daniel E. Catullo III Producer, Executive Producer
Richard Hilton Engineer, Digital Editing
Rick Sheppard Engineer, Digital Editing
Daniel Mendez Engineer, Digital Editing
Wendy Laister Executive Producer
Tilton Gardner Executive Producer
Sean Hogan Artwork
Patty Palazzo Artwork
Bernie Beca Artwork
Sara Syms Graphic Design
Guy Farley String Arrangements
Leon Zervos Mastering
Melanie Vaughan Producer
Heidi Kelso Producer
Robert McClaugherty Executive Producer
Clarissa Tossin Artwork
Kristian Schull Cover Photo
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i got the dual disc version of this album/and it totaly rocks every song is incredible and its the whole fab5 back toghter. reach up for the sunrise is a awesone track and the others are great as well

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Wild Boys Are Back

    Admittedly, I have always been a Duran fan. That said, I have been disappointed with the last two albums, and was prepared to be disappointed with this one. This album, however, goes to show that the original Fab Five have something special when they get together. Simon's voice is as smooth as it has ever been, and the melodies and lyrics are already stuck in my head. There is not a bad song on the CD. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The real Duran Duran is back (thank goodness)!

    While it might not be another "Rio" (and nothing probably ever will be), "Astronaut", by the reformed original lineup of Duran Duran (the ONLY real Duran Duran), is a fine mix of fun pop songs, tinged with their classic New Wave sound. "(Reach Up For The) Sunrise" and "What Happens Tomorrow" are especially uplifting during these troubling times. Thanks boys, for doing it again!

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