Album Review: Duran Duran – All You Need is Now (Tape Modern)

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Sunday March 27,2011
By Martin Townsend

During their earliest and very best period, Planet Earth, My Own Way, Rio, Duran Duran had a brazen confidence that cut through the charts and left every other Eighties pop act trailing in their wake.
Circa 1983 they could add 30,000 to the sales of any magazine that put them on the cover. Nothing they have made since has been truly terrible but it has taken producer Mark Ronson to bring back that edge. All You Need Is Now is terrific: bright, direct and bursting with ideas from the opening title track and statement of intent.

Keyboardist Nick Rhodes, in particular, is in clever and witty form, parodying TransEurope Express-era Kraftwerk for Leave A Light On (the album's Save A Prayer), while Simon Le Bon has never sounded in better or stronger voice. A faith-restoring return to form.

Verdict: 4/5

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