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Red Carpet Massacre Import

3.8 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews

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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.

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • ASIN: B000VI70WM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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...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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Ok, I'm writing this review for more for my own catharsis than anything. After years of never saying anything bad about Duran, I feel that I now have to write this down, with the arrival of Red Carpet Massacre.

First..a brief history of Duran releases...Duran Duran, Rio, Seven.., Wild Boys single (forget Arena), and Astronaut...GREAT albums with the perfect balance of synth, bass, and GUITARS that made Duran famous and spawned a new generation of young "new-wavers" who have pulled out the synths once again...all these featured Andy Taylor, who added the "oomph" to their sound, both in the studio and on the live stage.

Later albums saw Andy go, and that's when Nick took over with way too much synth stuff and turned the guitars down on Warren Cucurullo and anyone else who filled the spot...I personally love Big Thing and the Wedding Album, but guitars were nowhere near as prominent on these....I won't even get into the Thank You album of odd cover selections, and Medazzaland might as well be called "the Nick got some sweet new Mac synth software" album...I like it, but the balance is wayyy to electronic..And anyone who saw the stage shows during these periods could plainly see that the guitars had been pushed back....Warren was cool, but didn't have the stylistic impact that Andy had/has...

Then came the comeback album, Astronaut....and it was GOOD. The elements were back in their place, and the music was again balanced so that it had the right energy, not to mention good songs, and Duran sounded like a rock band again. The live dvd/cd of Live From London shows the return of that energy...it's just great.

So here we are with RCM, which was the straw that Andy left over...and I can't say I blame him...
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