Yes, I know, this post is a day early, as I usually talk about music on Fridays. But I am THAT excited about the subject matter that I simply could not wait until tomorrow!
Those of you who follow me on Twitter or know me at all understand that I am a huge Duran Duran fan. I have been listening to them since I was 13 years old, after all. But being a Duran Duran fan is sort of like being a Red Sox fan: sometimes it’s something you’re ashamed of, but when they win the World Series (or give you an album that was so much more than expected, in this case), you want to shout it from the rooftops: I LOVE DURAN DURAN.
Today is one of those days. On Tuesday, the full release of “All You Need Is Now” was released. Now the band had given us an “incomplete” (to quote them) version of the album that didn’t sound incomplete at all. It was a teaser for what was to come, which hardcore fans have been waiting years for. Yes, “Astronaut” (the reunion album) was good, but it wasn’t the return to “Rio” we had all been hoping for over the past 20 years.
Not only is “All You Need Is Now” a return to “Rio,” but it’s the follow-up to that album that fans have always wanted. But it’s better than that. Because it’s relevant NOW and is one of those rare albums that, I believe, will stand the test of time as “Rio” has done. “Rio” worked its way into popular culture (I mean, really… how many times have we heard such classics like “Hungry Like The Wolf” as background music for a television show or movie?) and has stayed with us in a way that much of the music of the 80’s has not. And I think “All You Need Is Now” is also that good, if not better.
From the title track to gems like “Girl Panic” and “The Man Who Stole a Leopard,” this album pulls you in and still somehow manages leaving you wanting more. The additional tracks to the full release only heighten the music, with some short musical interludes that seamlessly integrate one song into another.
The “incomplete” release of this album in December was just a warm-up. This new release is perfection.
If you are not living under a rock, you have seen the hubbub surrounding Duran Duran’s performance last night at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles directed by David Lynch. It was received so well by fans that many of the songs were trending on Twitter as they were performed. How many bands can claim that? NONE, I’d wager. If you missed that performance, you missed a moment of pure musical genius and one of the best performances the band has ever put on.
But this post isn’t about that performance (although I could go on for days about how brilliant it was, as well as how I loved David Lynch’s vision which went from avant garde to silly and back again). It’s about this album.
Because I am telling you to go buy it. Go buy it now. You will thank me for it. TRUST ME.