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Duran Duran, Seven & the Ragged Tiger (EMI)

The Duran Duran reissues kicked off last year with Rio - the best album of their early career. Now we're getting their third, less fondly remembered album, complete with a bonus CD and a DVD. The Bonus CD makes it interesting. The original album - including "The Reflex" and "Union of the Snake" - reminds us only that, in 1983, the band were more style than substance (some would argue all style and no substance). But in the B-Sides and relative obscurities, we find them already starting to move towards he more mature style they would finally reaise 10 years later, on better songs such as "Come Undone" and "Ordinary World." If your idea of a good reissue is one that throws entirely new light on an album you thought you knew, then this does the job admirably.

Courtesy, Sunday Times Culture