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2007 release from the '80s icons, an album that marks an all time creative high in the band's illustrious 29-year career. With tracks produced by Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, Red Carpet Massacre is an album that steps outside the box and offers a modern look at Duran Duran. Features the first single, 'Falling Down', which was produced and co-written with Timberlake, a life-long Duran fan.

It happens only two tracks in: Just when you're re-acquainting yourself with Simon Le Bon's sexy whine and settling in for a disc full of digestible, modernized new wave, Red Carpet Massacre takes a turn toward the Timberlake-like. By the time you reach track eight, the sizzling instrumental "Tricked Out," the effect is so pronounced you can't be sure whose chocolate got into whose peanut butter. But you do know this, and with more certainty than you once placed in the power of the "Hungry Like the Wolf" video to get you through your teen-age day: Massacre is one hot record. Timbaland, the brilliant knob-twister behind Timberlake's FutureSex/Love Sounds, as well as his protegé, Danja, imbue it with buoyancy and way-past-midnight moodiness; on a couple of tracks, most notably "Skin Divers," which includes a short rap verse, Timbaland pitches in on vocals, and on a couple of others, he taps Timberlake to help out. That the contributions of that tag-team of hitmakers take nothing away from the tightness and characteristic chic of the band--that they enhance the hypnotic sheen of Duran Duran, rather than subjugate it--makes a certain sense. After all, if Timberlake brought sexy back, it had probably only been missing since Duran Duran's mid-80s heyday. --Tammy La Gorce

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listen  1. The Valley (Album Version)Duran Duran 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Red Carpet Massacre (Album Version)Duran Duran 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Nite-Runner (Album Version)Duran Duran 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Falling Down (Album Version)Duran Duran featuring Justin Timberlake 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Box full o' Honey (Album Version)Duran Duran 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Skin Divers (Album Version)Duran Duran 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tempted (Album Version)Duran Duran 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tricked Out (Album Version)Duran Duran 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Zoom In (Album Version)Duran Duran 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. She's Too Much (Album Version)Duran Duran 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Dirty Great Monster (Album Version)Duran Duran 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Last Man Standing (Album Version)Duran Duran 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000VI70WM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By DRD on November 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I can understand why this album is so divisive. Rather than make grand pronouncements or add to the din, I will attempt to break down, as objectively as possible, what you'll get here.

This is not a return to the classic Duran sound. Think about the old hits we all love so much, and there's a lot of guitar on there. Not so much here. This one is very beat driven.

If you like classic new wave (like Missing Persons), there are a lot of synth sounds here that I think you'll enjoy.

The modern beats -- there's no denying they're here, and in abundance. To my ear, though, when paired with the new wavy synths it sounds retro instead of like a grab for current chart cred.

Simon's voice is mixed loud and clear, which goes a long way to making this still sound like Duran. He's got a really unique voice and it sounds great here.

I'd go so far as the compare this to an update or sequel to Big Thing, though that may not be completely accurate. Just say this, you can draw a straighter line from Big Thing to this album than you could from Rio.

I loaded in three stars because I don't want to shove an opinion down your throats -- but I really like this. Even more than Astronaut (and I really like Astronaut). Somehow, as strange as it seems on paper, I think it works.

But I totally get why it's not for everyone.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Josephll on November 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Duran Duran has been around since the early 80's and was one of the most popular and trend setting band of that decade and part of the "New Romantic Movemnet" with the likes of Adam Ant, Spandau Ballet and Talk Talk and with countless of great pop songs like "Girls On Film", "Hungry Like the Wolf", "A View To a Kill" an "Wild Boys". It was one of my favorite bands of the 80's, no matter what critics said about them they made undeniably good pop music and controlled the charts from 1981-86 and even made a side project called Arcadia while Andy Taylor who left the band after Seven and the Ragged Tiger formed the supergroup Power Station with Robert Palmer, John Taylor and Tony Thompson. Simply put, Duran Duran and it's members had a huge influnce of music in the 80's. But in the late 80's/early 90's things changed considerably and the sound that Duran Duran called their own was no longer popular and they made several hit & miss projects like the terrible "Big Thing" & "Liberty" before trying something new with "The Wedding Album" from 1993 with new hits like "Ordinary World" and a new rock/ballad sound that certainly was something unexpected. After some rather bad albums they made a new comeback in 2004 with Astronaut that was their best album in a decade, once again with a new sound more suitable for it's time. "Astronaut" was the first studio album since 1983 where all of the 5 orifinal members were present after Andy Taylor decided to back a return. 2 years later a new album called "Reportage" was supposed to be released, but it never saw daylight when the record executives found it too political.Read more ›
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Starbuck on November 19, 2007
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...that I love this album, because I love Duran Duran and have since I was twelve. I was so thrilled with their true comeback album "Astronaut" that I was expecting them to move forward with more innovative and inspired music. But this album falls just a bit short of the DD greatness that we've heard in the past.

The opening track "The Valley" is pretty decent and does have some shades of classic Duran Duran. I was reminded of "Notorious" with this song. The second, title track has a great "spacey" opening then drifts into a raw drum beat - it's very 80s so I like it. The third track, "Nite-Runner" is the first track on the album that sounds blatantly Timbaland inspired and he provides some of the chorus vocals. I don't dislike Timbaland - he's done some great work - but there's something about his and Timberlake's presence in some of the songs that I feel rips away from the soul of Duran Duran.

I know some reviewers have voiced their dislike for "Falling Down," but it's my favorite track on the album. The melody is beautiful and the lyrics are quite appropriate for this age of rising/crashing starlets and pop singers and our consumption of them. For me, it's right up there with "Come Undone" and "Ordinary World" from the Wedding Album. Bits of the melody remind me of "Save a Prayer," as well.

Track five, "Box Full O' Honey," is another lovely melody with great lyrics and acoustic guitar. John Taylor's melodic bass really comes through on this track as well. "Skin Divers" is a ready made dance floor hit/Timbaland beat machine with a catchy rap hook; it gets you moving, but Simon's voice sounds a little flat and lifeless on this track. "Tempted" is my least favorite track; it's sounds like they simply recycled Timberlake's "Sexy Back" and just changed a few chords.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D.Meinerz on November 26, 2007
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I've been a fan since 1982. I'm 40 now, and I wanted this CD to be.. groundbreaking, if nothing else. No, in honesty, I wanted it to be a return to form from 5 guys who knew how to CRAFT a song. It seems that Andy (the 5th guy) saw that this was going to be a sellout to their label and a compromise; a denial of their innate abilities to write outstanding material; to write trendy soulless drivel and call it evolution, so he left. At the time I was floored, and I just *knew* we'd get a sub-par record.
Yes, I wanted an amalgamation of Rio,etc,etc, right through the Wedding Album, because I knew that's what these musicians are capable of, and I had faith in them to have confidence in their abilities. Looks like the record company did not have that faith.
I WISH above anything else that I could be holding the CD of the scrapped project in my hands instead of this.
I've loved these guys for 25 years, and will buy whatever they put out. But let's be HONEST, and listen with an honest ear and heart. The only good songs on here are:
*Last Man Standing - unbelievably, the last song! Finally, a melody, a hook!.. perhaps even underproduced, sounds like it was rushed to completion. By far the best song on this.. thing.
*Dirty Monster - a song, at least. Saxophone!~for gosh sakes, and not those disgusting tinny "tip-tip-tip" drums that Timbaland pushed the buttons for the rest of the project.. good to see they let Roger get behind a kit for a tune or two.
*Falling Down - not the worst tune I've suffered through this year. That's all the compliment I'll be giving. I suppose it *is* the only single they could consider! In the history of great DD songs, I give this a two out of ten.
*Box full of Honey - decent if DD was releasing a folk cd.
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Nov 13, 2007 by Dave Bara |  See all 55 posts
The Best DD Albums, in Order
This is a great idea for a topic Dave. I have marked singles & live albums/DVD's with half points as they are not studio albums. I also did this with Arcadia's album as Arcadia was made up of 3 of the members of DD (newbe info). This is just my way of classifying things. I also put the live... Read More
Jun 27, 2008 by haysonics |  See all 9 posts
I was little doubtful about RCM
Just wait til you hear "Falling Down"; beautiful song, you'll love it!
Sep 29, 2007 by Kelly J. Still |  See all 4 posts
I Can't Wait for the new CD
I agree!!! Absolutely love it. I also lot Box Full O'Honey...
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Red Carpet Massacre
I'm listening to a live recording of the first Broadway night and all I can say is this in incredible. Christian you may be right about the milestone. I am really digging Tempted.
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