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You might hate to admit it, but one listen to Red Carpet Massacre tells you it’s true: Justin Timberlake and Duran Duran make perfect bedfellows. The strongest tracks here are a result of Mr. Timberlake and his production guru Timbaland infusing them with a pulsating, sexy groove, all satin and smoke and mirrors. While the buzzing electric rock of “Red Carpet Massacre” and the perfectly classic sounding “The Valley” and “Last Man Standing” contain their own Duran charm, it’s the mesmerizing beats and smooth rhythms on tracks featuring their American guests that really get under your skin. First single “Falling Down” has a deeply soulful feel, with Simon LeBon’s limber vocals reaching for high places alongside Timberlake’s, arcing and falling atop fluctuating, piercing guitar notes. A Timbaland rap adds another dimension to the cool and edgy “Skin Divers,” and the insanely catchy “Zoom In” should be a dance club staple. Second single “Night Runner” is all slink and mystery, thanks again to the touch of both J.T. and Timbaland.  That said, a surprise treat here is “Box Full o’ Honey,” with its shimmering acoustic guitars and bright synths, nary a dark beat to be found.

Customer Reviews

Duran Duran, I know you're in there somewhere...

I don't think I could be more disappointed in this album. As soon as I heard they were working with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, I just had a feeling DD was going to be changing, and not for the better. This album is way way too beat-heavy for Simon's melodic voice. The "music" has been pushed so far to the rear in favor of these heavy, often distorted beats that I just have a hard time locating the Duran Duran I've always loved. John Taylor, where's your bass playing in all this? Roger Taylor, did you even have to show up for recording? These are all electronic, canned beats. The only thing remotely Duran Duran-like is Simon's voice and that's it. The focus on songs to be played in dance club has mainly taken what used to be music you could listen to and groove to and it's been replaced by robotic, overly processed beats that should have stayed with J.T. and Timbaland. Having waited since Astronaut for this new album, I'm sorely disappointed that there isn't even a single song I care to download from this album. It's a shame the world is getting so far away from people writing music now and just relying on what these ridiculous "beat masters" can come up with on their Casio's. This is depressing.

Don't call it a comeback

Yet again, Duran Duran manages to successfully reinvent itself, this time collaborating with pop king Justin Timberlake and his producer Timbaland. The result is a collection of catchy pop tunes that might put Duran back on mainstream US radio for the first time in a decade and a half, led by the excellent single "Falling Down." "Nite Runner" and "Skin Divers" will fit nicely in clubs or on the airwaves, as will the dance anthem "Tempted" and "The Valley." Fans of Duran's signature ballads (surprisingly absent from their last album, Astronaut) will be get their fix with the hauntingly touching "Box Full of Honey," while the mid-tempo "She's Too Much" might be the 21st century "Come Undone." Yet the album also features the punk/edgier sound reminiscent of the band's lesser-known 90s music, typified by both the title track, the instrumental "Tricked Out," and "Dirty Great Monster." Rounded out by the moody "Last Man Standing" and modern-disco number "Cry Baby Cry," (itunes bonus track), Red Carpet Massacre proves to be modern enough to introduce yet another generation to Duran, while retaining enough of the band's signature sounds to keep long-time fans happy and wanting more.

This is really bad. Liberty bad.

I've always dug DD and had high hopes for this album, but I'm sad to say this might be one of the worst albums of their career. They've traded hooks, melody, and memorable songs for lame drum loops, tired electronic blips, and b-side quality material. What a mess.


Formed: 1978 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Duran Duran personified new wave for much of the mainstream audience. And for good reason. Duran Duran's reputation was built through music videos, which accentuated their fashion-model looks and glamorous sense of style. Without music videos, it's likely that their pop-funk -- described by the group as the Sex Pistols-meet-Chic -- would never have made them international pop stars. While Duran Duran did have sharper pop sensibilities than their new romantic contemporaries like Spandau Ballet and...
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