They’re No Paper Gods But Rock Gods

ALBUM TITLE                        :        PAPER GODS

ARTIST                                   :        DURAN DURAN

GENRE                                    :        POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

Loyal fans of Duran Duran must be rejoicing now as the band has released a new album after several years.  Some fans might be hesitant to buy the record as they might have this question if the band is still relevant or worth waiting for.  Here is track by track review of the band’s latest album.

  • Paper Gods – is one proof that Duran Duran is good at composing sensible lyrics without too many pretensions.
  • Last Night in The City – is a dance track and of course every Duran Duran fans knew that they are also very good with dance records. Some of their early hits were staples of dance clubs in both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Kill Me With Silence – bears uncanny resemblance with some of Maroon V songs even the vocals of Simon LeBon sounded like Adam Levine in this track. What sets this apart from any popular track of Maroon V is the guitar wailing in the background.
  • Pressure Off – is the first track released commercially and as the album is produced by Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson, you will notice there is an “Uptown Funk” and “Get Lucky” vibe in this track. If only both producers polished the vocal aspect of this track, it would have been nice to listen to.
  • Face For Today – makes me think of “Everybody” by Madonna. It has the same groove and even chord progression. So, don’t be surprised if you will hear a mash of both songs in the coming days.
  • Danceophobia – the expected song in this album considering that Nile Rodgers is a dance icon.
  • What Are The Chances – from the first stanza, you would think that this track will go along the likes of their early hit “Save A Prayer,” until you hear the change in rhythm which transform the song into generic album filler track.
  • Sunset Garage – because Mark Ronson is in the production aspect of this record, it is expected that there will be an “Uptown Funk” like song and this is it. Fortunately, it is just the drum programs that sounds similar not the whole rhythm.
  • Change The Skyline – feels like a throwaway and revived track from their collaboration with Timberland. It feels so dated.
  • Butterfly Girl – is one track that proves that Duran Duran is a team player. This collaboration with John Frusciante is good and probably the best track in this album. It merges old Duran Duran style and contemporary sounds of today.
  • Only In Dreams – one track in this album that you will find the forward button of your player very helpful.
  • The Universe Alone – what saves this track from being boring is the guitar performance which is performed like an old school rock performance.
  • Planet Roaring – is the most EDM song in this record and listening to this song, you will be treated to time travel trying to reminisce the first two albums of Duran Duran.
  • Valentine Stories – the kind of song that you will in a Depeche Mode record not with Duran Duran.
  • Northern Lights – not a good song to end the album. It is so very nineties in terms of vibe.

While their collaboration with other artists is alright, there is still something lacking in this record.  It lacks the charm that you like with their early records such as good hooks, good melodies, and good vocal performance.  It seems that Duran Duran is forced to record an album just to fulfil terms and conditions of a recording contract. But it doesn’t mean that Paper Gods is a very thin album. Nope, it has lots of potential if only Rodgers and Ronson explored Duran Duran style instead of infusing it with their own production values. With that I rate this record 3.5 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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