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1. Memory Places
2. Big Store
3. Dark Circles
4. Signals In Smoke
5. Come Alive
6. Hawks Do Not Share
7. Newhaven-Dieppe
8. World Exclusive
9. Aztec Moon
10. Lost Decade
11. Barbarellas
12. The Tinsel Ritual

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Tape Modern
  • ASIN: B000094Q2V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Most of the songs seem to be more rhythmic than melodic.
Kevinduran
This is a dark and mellow album, using mimimalistic electronic beats and synths, with hypnotic results.
Paul A. Fucito
You hear a bit of everything that will please the Duran Duran and Arcadia fan sensories.
"rhodiemental"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Fucito on April 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Wow. This album was nothing like what I had expected, and that is all the better. Always loved Duran Duran and Nick Rhodes' production side projects (not to mention Duffy's work), so having a chance to hear these two together was an exciting prospect (did I mention Duffy was Duran Duran's lead singer before Simon?)
This is a dark and mellow album, using mimimalistic electronic beats and synths, with hypnotic results. Some of the moodier songs remind me of Joy Division, Shriekback or Donnie Darko, while the upbeat songs remind me of "Welcome To The Monkeyhouse" by The Dandy Warhols (which Rhodes produced around the same time as this album).
Duffy's voice is brilliant, in a David Bowie / Ian McCulloch kind of way (don't look for the sounds of "Kiss Me" here) especially on tracks like "Newhaven-Dieppe" and "Dark Circles"
The only thing retro about the album is the line-up, certainly not the sound. Fans of electrolounge, David Bowie, Ian McCulloch, Shriekback, CSI, or anything released under the 4AD label should give this a spin. Wonderfully dark and moody, but far from depressing. Listen with the lights nice and low.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robertomelbourne on August 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Nick Rhodes has been able to produce very sophisticated music, and that warrants particuarly acute attention. His great work, Arcadia's 'So Red the Rose' album, has long gone unrecognised. His work with Duran Duran is always interesting and innovative.
The Devils is an interesting musical development. Going back to earlier roots, and working from songs written in their teens, Duffy and Rhodes have managed to manufacture an interesting blend of pop nostalgia and modern pop sensibilities.
Clearly, some of the pieces on the album represent at best no more than useful filler. Nonetheless, the majority of pieces evoking very interesting, if not intoxicating moods.
The Devils have made a very articulated and sophisticated album of music. It warrants a sequel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevinduran on November 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Finally! A Nick Rhodes side project that finally sees the light of day! (His TV Mania collaboration still has never been released.) The Devils is Nicks project with Duran Duran's first lead singer (before they released anything), Stephen Duffy. Stephen went on to have his own career that surfaced in various forms: Tin Tin, Dr. Calculus, and The Lilac Time.
"Dark Circles" hints at what Duran Duran could have become had they not gone a more commercial route. Chocked full of great synth work by Mr. Rhodes, the album comes off as more of an experiment in modern day electronica, than a retro New Wave collection. Most of the songs seem to be more rhythmic than melodic. This is most definitely not an album full of hit singles, and I mean that in a good way. Hit singles is obviously not what this project is all about.
"Dark Circles" sounds like it could be a very experimental David Bowie album, although Stephen Duffy's vocals don't necessarily sound exactly like Bowie. Best songs: "Big Store" (whose lyrics describe shopping in a big store, funnily enough), "Come Alive" (which comes close to being a standard pop song), "Newhaven-Dieppe" (the title alone could be a Cocteau Twins song!), and "Barbarellas" (which nods it's head to Duran Duran in its lyrics.)
The cd packaging is rather nifty: what looks like electronic Spirograph drawings appear on the digipak cover and cd itself; the pull-out booklet includes a nice picture of Nick and Stephen, plus some various other pieces of art.
I'll quote one of Nick Rhodes' favorite words to give the album a one-word description- "esoteric." To quote Martha Stewart, "It's a good thing!"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Lerner on January 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
At first hearing this cd it brought to mind Durans
most experimental cd to date. Medazzaland. This is
deffinatley an experimental cd. One that reaches
new grounds. Its melodic and moody.
This cd will grow on you! It does not excell on catchy tunes
but rather the depth and creativity intertwined.
This is not Aracdia. Its not duran but it does have elements of both.
Its a great cd. I hope Nick keeps on experimenting.
To all Duran/Arcadia fans. This is a must have! You will not be dissapointed.
Be well,
Joel.........ft lauderdale FlA.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "rhodiemental" on September 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ever since the Arcadia album, So Red The Rose, I wanted something with the same appeal. This retro-modern album is the answer. You hear a bit of everything that will please the Duran Duran and Arcadia fan sensories. Stephen Duffy's voice lends beautifully to the arrangements Nick Rhodes has artfully created. Together they take your senses on a wonderous kitschy yet dark journey. A perfect addition to a long time Duranie's list.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Bernice Herald on August 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic cd. Very deep in parts which is why i love it. I think my fave song is Hawks don't Share.......love it.

A must buy if you are a Nick Rhodes fan.....his work in this is fantastic.
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