Revisiting NOTORIOUS: Album Review Nearly 30 Years After

Album Review                   :               NOTORIOUS

Artist                                     :               DURAN DURAN

Genre                                   :               POP

Date of Released             :               1986

There are lots of interesting pieces of information this album was known for.  This is probably their most difficult record to finish considering that the band had internal problems with each other after doing side projects like Arcadia and Power Station.  The aftermath of these projects led to troubled relationships in particular with Andy Taylor.  Nearing thirty years after its release, it is time to revisit this album and determine if this record is still worth listening.

“Notorious” is the first track in this album and was the biggest hit from this album.  You can say that this song should credit Nile Rodgers for helping them produce this album.  This song did not sound dated and somehow there is this feeling that this could be one of the songs in the latest Daft Punk record which Nile Rodgers had a hand also.  “American Science” has typical Duran Duran sound and nowhere you can find Rodgers imprint in this song unlike with that of “Notorious.”

“Skin Trade’ is not your usual vocal rendition of Simon Le Bon.  If you are not informed that this song is from Duran Duran, you will have this song mistaken as Prince song because of the full falsetto delivery of Simon.  Just like many of Prince songs, this one is musically relevant if you play it at this time.  If you are still stuck in the 80’s you can conclude that “A Matter of Feeling” is somewhat similar to some song produced by The Housemartins.

This album paved for a new musical direction for this band; heavy on drums and guitars.  Thus, you might consider its relevance when you have listened to their Timberland produced album “The Red Carpet Massacre” where “Hold Me” might be considered for this album.    “Vertigo” and “Proposition” were no different from “Skin Trade” however, the falsetto vocal was no longer here instead, it exploits the usual vocal delivery Simon Lebon is known for.

“So Misled” is too heavy on drums for a Duran Duran songs and this might a consequence of doing members doing side projects; their brought along with them creative juices the generated performing as either Arcadia or Power Station.  Thirty years after, you can say that “Meet El Presidente” was not about a certain president but actually of Princess Diana taking control of her life after disastrous married life during early years of marriage with Prince Charles. “Winter Marches On” is perhaps the most boring song in this album.

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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