A Diamond in Music

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A DIAMOND IN MUSIC — As a teenage metalhead, I viewed pin-up bands like Duran Duran as the enemy. But as an adult, I have come to embrace their stylish, funky pop music in all its hook-laden glory. Ever since their 2004 reunion album, Astronaut, the “Fab Five” keep getting better and better. The third studio release of this cycle, All You Need Is Now is one of the best pop albums of recent years, siphoning from their glorious ’80s heyday while toying with new ideas. A Diamond In The Mind is the live document from that tour, recorded in Manchester, England. The 95-minute concert on Blu-ray and DVD encompasses everything from early hits like “Planet Earth” and “Rio,” to recent gems like “The Man Who Stole A Leopard” and “Blame The Machines” (which the audience takes to quite well). The band looks and sounds great, and while the visual effects and some black-and-white shots are occasionally distracting, this concert is full of energy. It’s a keeper.

Courtesy Aquarian Weekly