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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: April 4, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TQS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Duran Duran all-covers album "Thank You" elicited a predictable knee-jerk reaction from the critics, along the lines of "How dare they?" The critics apparently hoped to keep the "classics" on a pedestal in the Rock `n' Roll Hall of Fame, or somewhere.

The truth is that Duran Duran rocks out, and has fun doing it, on some of their favorite songs. The selection may strike some as odd; no Roxy Music, David Bowie, or other `70s glam icons that Duran hailed as major influences. Rather, the boys from Birmingham take on the gamut of classic rock & R&B: Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Sly and the Family Stone, and a host of other A-list greats. And for the most part, Duran does them justice.

Grandmaster Flash himself appears on the first track, a turbo-charged rendition of his "White Lines," instantly lending street cred to the proceedings. Duran's cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" is a lush, dreamy affair in the tradition of their own "Save a Prayer" or "Ordinary World." Reed himself called this the best cover ever of one of his songs; believe him!

Simon LeBon's crooning on Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" gives the song the vocal treatment it deserves, a great improvement over Dylan's Muppet-like phrasing on the original (Dylan was never the best intepreter of his own songs). Elvis Costello's "Watching the Detectives" gets a high-tech, art-rock workout, replete with ambient sound effects. Even the title track works far better than anyone could have expected, as LeBon effectively matches Robert Plant's histrionic delivery.

The production and engineering are simply astonishing; this is probably Duran Duran's best sounding record. Once you get past the audacity of Duran's song selections, you'll find yourself addicted.
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I'm not a Duran Duran fan at all, although I admit they do write some good songs here and there. I accidently came across this cd and listened to it and I was totally astonished! I'm not into writing reviews because I know people have different opinions and I respect that, but after reading very bad reviews by critics and fans, I had to make my say. I just think people aren't giving them a chance on this album.
Overall, I was very impressed with the creativity, excellent song structures, and musicianship. The first song, they rocked & grooved in "White Lines" but it's going to take a while to get use to Simone LeBon's weak rappin' voice. Even though, the scratchin' was fun to listen to and the beat was heavy and pounding. The follow-up song is a song I love by Sly & the Family Stone,"I Wanna Take You Higher." I loved the guitar riffs in this one, and the ending was cool when everyone is getting down.
After that, Duran Duran came out with some mellower stuff, Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," Elvis Costello's Watching the Detectives," and the classic Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay." To appreciate those songs, you would have to listen to it from beginning to end, and LeBon's singing was excellent.
Then, they did Public Enemy's "911 is a Joke." This time, LeBon's rappin' was great and funky, and I loved the beginning sound of the Mississippi Blues guitar and harmonica. After that came Iggy Pop's "Success," written by David Bowie. This version was awesome and it made me realized they actually picked GREAT SONGS! for the cover cd. Although, I didn't care for the Doors' "Crystal Ship." It's just not that good of a song period.
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Okay, flashback time. The year is 1993. Duran Duran mount one of the most impressive comebacks of recent pop music history, putting out an impressive album with a couple of really good singles ("Ordinary World", "Come Undone") that get critics to take them seriously, attract new listeners, and top the charts like they did back in the day. So what do they do to keep this remarkable comeback going two years down the road? The worst thing possible: Instead of writing some more of their own infectious tunes, they sample a bunch of other artists' work (which is the album being discussed here, "Thank You"). And a lot of it is simply not worth covering, not by Duran Duran, not by the Beatles, not by anyone. No one cares, not even the Durans' own fans, and Duran Duran sink into semi-obscurity again.
"Perfect Day" sounded good when I first bought the album, but now it just grates. "Crystal Ship" is the only song on here that's an interesting cover, and the only truly good song is "Drive By", which basically becomes a retread of their own work, more specifically 1982's "The Chauffeur".
Like other people have said, it's ridiculous to think that Duran Duran were in any way influenced by Public Enemy or Grandmaster Flash. So why did they make this album? Still beats me. If they really wanted to pay homage to their "roots" as they were, why not covers of David Bowie, Chic, even the Sex Pistols? Interesting concept, the covers album, but poorly timed and even more poorly executed. No thank you.
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