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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00ZQ7WOMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Paper Gods is the first Duran Duran album that I've actually been excited about in a very long time. Even All You Need Is Now didn't pique my interest as much as Paper Gods has. This is the first album since The Wedding Album where I've found myself listening to its songs repeatedly. I'd actually forgotten what it was like to love a Duran Duran album and be so excited about it that one listen to a particular song just isn't enough.

NOTE: If you're expecting another Rio or waiting for a sequel to Seven & The Ragged Tiger, Paper Gods probably won't be for you and, in all honestly, you're most likely never going to be happy with anything the band will ever have to offer again as that isn't what Duran Duran want for themselves and, quite frankly, we fans shouldn't want that for them either. With that said, if you're an older fan, you really need to be open-minded about Paper Gods and force yourself not to run the risk of falling into the role of the disapproving parent who can't stand the younger generation's music because Paper Gods really sounds quite contemporary and might throw some fans who aren't prepared for such a change for a loop.

Here’s what I think of the songs:

1. “Paper Gods” - this track is a breath-taking and sweeping commentary on contemporary culture's vapid materialism and obsession with the almighty dollar: "The next thing you must have, find peace with matching bag." At times, the song's lyrics read as if they're stolen from today's headlines: "And while the race is on the rats will run the street, the slavers in the sweatshop putting trainers on your feet." Additionally, the song tackles the emotional disconnection that can arise from the trappings of the Internet: "She's staring out in underwear from your computer screen.
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I've been a hardcore DD fan since Planet Earth and have never, ever stopped. Every new release (in the U.S.) I purchased immediately, and in my opinion they have produced nothing but quality tracks the entire time - even after member switching, their relatively tiny hiatus, and all that over-analyzed nonsense. I even love the often panned Red Carpet Massacre, which is actually one of my favorite albums; moot of course, seeing as how I love them all. I honestly cannot think of a song from them I do not like, or do not include in my playlists. It's amazing how Simon's voice is just as dynamic as it was in the beginning, and after all this time he still has an amazing ability in my opinion.

Along with food, art, movies, and even video games, music is subjective and highly emotional so I avoid delving into too many details, as that type of analysis is for merited critics and not what anyone wants to see in an Amazon review. Just know that I'm in my 40's, have been a fan since the get-go, and I truly adored this album (other kids called us "New Wave" and even "gay" to our faces when I was in school because of our love of DD and DM - fun times). I would like to opine however, that I do not believe the band has changed their signature sound whatsoever since it all began. Sure, they tried some things here and there, but the band I fell in love with has always been recognizable in every single song, and that "sonic blueprint" has always come through in each and every release.

That all being said, not only do I think Paper Gods is a brilliant work of art, I think it's the best album of any artist that I've heard all year, and I dare say even in quite a long time. I love it more and more with each listen and I am so very impressed with it.
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Competing with an 80’s catalog as solid as Duran Duran’s has to be a chore, especially when you refuse to ride the nostalgia circuit. The case for latter day Duran Duran used to be pretty hard to make, but since Mark Ronson all but forced the band to revisit its Rio-era sound for All You Need Is Now in 2010-11, Duran Duran has built up enough insurance with fans to become experimental again. Paper Gods sounds almost nothing like the product of the same band that wrote “Girls on Film” or “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Guitars are used sparingly, save for some curated appearances by John Frusciante. The emphasis here is on synths and electronic beats, which is certainly not alien to Duran Duran fans, but the lack of a traditional, organic rhythm section is glaring, especially when you have a bass player of the caliber of John Taylor. Where this record succeeds is in its instantly catchy hooks, memorable melodies, and cutting-edge production. Vocalist Simon Le Bon has more than proven himself an astoundingly great front-man over the decades, but the fact that his voice is still so insanely powerful defies logic. The man belts out notes that most singers lose two decades before turning 57. Duran Duran hasn’t sounded this confident since “Wild Boys,” ripping through brilliantly layered electronic anthems, ear-worm, Chic-style funk, and blatant disco dance-floor grooves with the swagger of a band 30 years younger. Sustaining momentum has been a problem for this band since its Live Aid performance in 1985, but Paper Gods reveals a band - already more than three decades in - determined to push its legacy well into the future. The songs are certainly there, albeit in a kaleidoscopically manic shifting of styles, but whether they can capture the zeitgeist just one more time is the challenge. The fact that this should be a huge record doesn’t always fight through the noise.
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