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Album Review

Despite the fact that Seven and the Ragged Tiger couldn't match the unrestrained pop/rock ebullience of 1982's Rio, Duran Duran put three of the album's singles in the Top Ten, taking it to number one in the U.K. Even though "The Reflex" gave the band their first number one hit, there's an overabundance of fancy glitz and dancefloor flamboyancy running through it, unlike "New Moon on Monday"'s straight-ahead appeal or "Union of the Snake"'s mysterious, almost taboo flair. It's apparent that Seven and the Ragged Tiger's content has the band moving ever so slightly into a dance-club arena, with the songs leaning more toward their ability to produce a sexier sound through electronics and instrumentation than through a firm lyrical and musical partnership. Even the unreleased tracks trade Duran Duran's handsome edginess for a shinier sound, heard mainly on "I Take the Dice" and "Cracks in the Pavement." It's here that LeBon and Taylor's personalities begin to get overshadowed by the demand to produce a more synth-snazzy and fashionable style of music. Although they may have turned their songwriting down a notch in order to succumb to the pabulum of synthesized pop, they didn't relinquish every aspect of their genius, and when they do deliver, it's bright, energetic, and effectual. Duran Duran's new direction eventually gave Seven and the Ragged Tiger double platinum status. [EMI's two-CD/one-DVD edition, released in 2010, adds B-sides, extended mixes, the 1983 non-album single "Is There Something I Should Know?," videos (including the 17-minute version of "New Moon on Monday"), the Oakland concert released as As the Lights Go Down, and a Top of the Pops performance.]

Customer Reviews

Childhood memories

I have to give this album a 5/5 because I LOVED this album in '84.

I still have the LP

This was one of my most favorite and most played albums. I remember saving up to buy it because it was a special edition, and it wasn’t your typical black vinyl. It had a picture in the background! So glad to get this digital version. Must have for any Duran Duran fan.

Ok so a box set can improve an album

This expanded collection does make this album more enjoyable for me. You get a better feel of what Duran Duran was working on to follow the success of RIO.


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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