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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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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: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969346327
  • Catalog Number: 93463

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
  2. 2 Want You More!
  3. 3 What Happens Tomorrow
  4. 4 Astronaut
  5. 5 Bedroom Toys
  6. 6 Nice
  7. 7 Taste The Summer
  8. 8 Finest Hour
  9. 9 Chains
  10. 10 One Of Those Days
  11. 11 Point Of No Return
  12. 12 Still Breathing
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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 Taylor Group Member
Technical Credits
Lawrence Jordan Director
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
Richard Hilton Engineer, Digital Editing
Rick Sheppard Engineer, Digital Editing
Daniel Mendez Engineer, Digital Editing
Wendy Laister Executive Producer
Sean Hogan Artwork
Patty Palazzo Artwork
Sara Syms Graphic Design
Guy Farley String Arrangements
Leon Zervos Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still Growing, Ever Brilliant

    Astronaut is proof that the magic of Duran Duran is as strong as ever. This is an outstanding project, the music is brilliant, a rock 'n roll band through and through. Elegant, even profound... we are really blessed with this band's music.

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