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Astronaut

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4.3 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews

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The reflexes of those old enough to remember when "The Reflex" and "Rio" went rocketing up the Hot 100 in the 1980s may not be what they used to, but certain reactions to the first full spin of Astronaut can't help kicking in anyway. First among equals is exhilaration: Few can sit through pop this inventive--titillating, even, on the thumping disco dazzler "Bedroom Toys," which features Chic's Nile Rodgers--without owning up to a genuine thrill. And though the original fab five, as they're being heralded on this first disc in more than 20 years, leans a little heavier on Andy Taylor's guitar work than in the past, the band stays loyal to its original electropop sound, skillfully shuttling the faithful back in time but kicking in enough keyboard wizardry to avoid leaving them feeling old. Once the inevitable buzz dissipates (give it a while--the sunniness of opening anthem and first single "(Reach Up for) The Sunrise" sticks around, as does the moodiness of "Still Breathing"), puzzlement takes its place. Simon Le Bon sounds not a day older than when he recorded "Girls on Film," something for which he owes fellow 80s-band singers who flopped on the comeback trail an explanation. More puzzling still, though, is why Duran Duran waited so long to return: Had they reunited sooner, legions of dedicated, sophisticated popsters might have been spared the indignity that was the boy-band craze. --Tammy La Gorce

Talking with Duran Duran
Amazon.com contributor Beth Massa spoke with lead singer Simon LeBon and keyboardist Nick Rhodes separately to discuss the band's original line-up reunion, the passion they felt recording Astronaut, and their appreciation for their female fan base.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
  2. Want You More
  3. What Happens Tomorrow
  4. Astronaut
  5. Bedroom Toys
  6. Nice
  7. Taste The Summer
  8. Finest Hour
  9. Chains
  10. One Of Those Days
  11. Point Of No Return
  12. Still Breathing
  13. Still Breathing


Product details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002X591A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,303 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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