Album Review : All You Need Is Now

Album Review                      :                       All You Need Is Now

Artist                                      :                       Duran Duran

Genre                                     :                       Rock

Date Released                      :                       2011

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One thing that is so good with Duran Duran is that over the years their music also evolved.  They are not like some 80’s band and solo artists who were stuck up in time and refused to move on and reinvent as years go by.  Every loyal Duran Duran fans knew that their music changed, either it goes with the time or they create their own brand of rock music.

In this album, they forayed into mainstream rock, the kind of rock songs that White Stipes, The Black Keys, and Coldplay does.  However, there is a little bit of homage in this album.  It seems that they wanted to pay tribute to some of the songs that made them a compelling band and a survivor at that.  “All I Need Is Now” sounds like “All Along The Water,”  “Blame The Machines” can be construed as a nice reworking of “Girls on Film.”  “Safe in the Heat of The Moment” might be inspired from several refrains from their Liberty album. “Girl Panic” is constructed like any song from Seven And The Ragged Tiger Album particularly a rework and combination of “The Reflex” and “New Moon On Monday.”  “The Man Who Stole A Leopard” is a symphonic rock song in the tradition of “Save A Prayer” and as a whole it fits just like one of the songs in their Rio album back in 1982.

“Being Followed” is one song that gives reason why this band has to continue making music. The tune is a mixture of old rock and mainstream rock with a touch of New Wave sound.  “Leave A Light On” sounds like 90’s rock song the ones which can be easily sung and recognized as performed by Blur, Oasis, and Suede.  However, if you are a fan of A-Ha, you will easily connect this song from their 90’s album; crafted like a song from a space and galactic concept album. “Other People’s Live” is another throwback song yet, they wanted to structure the song as raw one. It sounds like pure basic instruments played in the background.

The whole album might be perceived as collection of B-Sides. However, what a nice collection indeed this record is. Almost all songs can stand as major singles.  With that,I rate this record 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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