Billboard Review of ‘Astronaut’

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Album Title: Astronaut
Producer(s): Duran Duran, Don Gilmore, Dallas Austin, Nile Rodgers
Label/Catalog Number: Epic 92900
Release Date: Oct. 12
Source: Billboard Magazine
Originally Reviewed: October 23, 2004

It has been 21 years since Duran Duran's original lineup recorded an album together, though the band has carried on in various incarnations, with Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes the only constants. With the re-formed quintet's new set, Duran Duran has a new lease on life, sounding more vibrant and exciting than it has in eons. Lead single "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" is a hit at adult top 40 and modern AC. It's the first of many single-worthy tracks here. "Want You More" is a catchy high-tech dance cut, and "What Happens Tomorrow" is a swooning, midtempo gem, vaguely reminiscent of "Ordinary World." "Taste the Summer" and "Bedroom Toys" are slinky, funky and sexy. The album is also available in a CD/DVD combination, with the DVD containing concert footage from earlier this year.‹KC

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