Review : Duran Duran - Red Carpet Massacre
EwAging gracefully isn't easy for recording artists in any genre — least of all, perhaps, those who've found fame with dance-pop hits. After all, what good is reflective maturity in a crowded club? On their 12th studio effort, Duran Duran's four remaining original members deal with their looming 50th birthdays by dodging that question and hooking up with a new generation of wild boys. Pop's reigning prince, Justin Timberlake, co-wrote two numbers for the disc, lending it his patented blend of just-this-side-of-sleazy soul. The band likewise nabbed the sonic architects of Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds — Timbaland and Nate ''Danja'' Hills — to help produce Red Carpet Massacre, yielding a wealth of alluring synth textures (''Tempted,'' ''Zoom In'') and skittish, syncopated hip-hop beats (''Nite-Runner,'' ''Skin Divers'')....full text
AmazonIt 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....full text
BostonEven when it wasn't in vogue, Duran Duran was always fashion-forward. So it's no surprise that the fab five decided to enlist Timbaland and Justin Timberlake to bring the sexy back on its shiny new album, "Red Carpet Massacre." In the wake of the abrupt departure of original guitarist Andy Taylor (who had rejoined the band in 2001, after 15 years away), DD scrapped an already-recorded album to collaborate with Timberlake, Timbaland, and his protégé, Nata "Danja" Hillz, working with outside ideas for the first time in the band's 27-year career. Letting go has done wonders for the music....full text
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