All You Need Is Now - Duran Duran
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    90
    This album, Mark Ronson's "imaginary follow up to Rio that never was", is their best for 18 years.
  2. Dec 20, 2010
    90
    All You Need Is Now isn't Son of Rio, but it's the best album Duran Duran has released since then, a collection that manages what their best material always has, blending art with grand gestures and popcraft.
  3. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    So much more than the original boy band. [March 2011, p. 106]
  4. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    All You Need Is Now is unlikely to win over any new fans, but it might reignite or validate forgotten guilty pleasures and, for Duranies, it's an album to sit alongside its older relatives with pride.
  5. Mar 18, 2011
    80
    Full of tunes and pizzazz, it's unexpectedly good fun.
  6. Mar 18, 2011
    80
    Déjà vu almost overwhelms The Man Who Stole a Leopard and Leave a Light On's echoes of The Chauffeur and Save a Prayer respectively, but this is Duran sounding as good as people remember.
  7. Dec 20, 2010
    80
    As a group of former heartthrobs with something to prove, Duran Duran are both a product of its time and a band with its eye on the future -- and they've finally managed to capture the titular sense of Now.
  8. Dec 20, 2010
    80
    Simon LeBon's still sturdy voice soars over coolly funky backdrops and the grooves are some of the group's most urgent in years.
  9. Mar 22, 2011
    75
    Flaunting his [Ronson's] knack for organic, melodic dance music-and clearly harnessing his own childhood nostalgia for Duran Duran's early-'80s heyday-Ronson nudges Simon LeBon and crew toward the same supple grooves and frosty hooks they once all but owned.
  10. Apr 4, 2011
    70
    More vintage sound than classic album, All You Need Is Now won't revive any careers, theirs or Ronson's.
  11. 70
    Producer Mark Ronson does an astounding job of taking them back to the Fab Five glory days of Rio.
  12. Mar 22, 2011
    70
    The once bold, sometimes shameless Simon Le Bon sounds a bit tentative in this post-Killers world, and when compared to the tight, original, nine-track version of the album previously made available via digital download, this final, fatter version borders on "too much of a good thing." Fortunately, the emphasis will be on "good thing" for longtime Duran fans or anyone with a taste for melodic, synth-driven pop/rock.
  13. Dec 21, 2010
    70
    Duran's Mark Ronson-produced 13th disc is a return to roots for a band that's all implants - which is part of the album's charm.
  14. Mar 22, 2011
    63
    Not everything is worth making the journey; indeed, it's hard to know why the band bothered adding five new songs to the superior nine-track version of "All You Need Is Now" that Duran Duran released through iTunes late last year. But with their sleek keyboard lines, trebly guitar chatter and frontman Simon Le Bon's swooping vocal melodies, taut neo-New Wave gems like "Being Followed" and "Girl Panic!" make a strong argument for the lasting utility of these hitmakers' original formula.
  15. May 18, 2011
    60
    Simon Le Bon's croon oozes with charisma throughout and the elegant, new wave pop hooks of their heyday are revisited. [May 2011, p.126]
  16. Mar 22, 2011
    60
    All You Need Is now represents a step in the right direction, and you can sense the band getting back into shape. [Feb 2011, p.70]
  17. Feb 1, 2011
    60
    There are traces of Rio's fantastic lipglossed silliness, but overall the arty party pop of All You Need IS now feels like an attempt to rescue a venerable British band long damaged by poor decisions. [Mar 2011, p.88]
  18. 60
    While All You Need is Now won't bring flocks of teenagers over to Duran Duran's side, it's certainly a commendable effort if for no reason other than it's the band's most relevant and listenable record in almost two decades.
  19. Mar 28, 2011
    40
    Leave A Light On, for example, sounds an awful lot like the Rio-era ballad Save A Prayer. Unfortunately, these doppelgangers are the album's best songs, which makes you wonder why the band bothered.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    9
    Far and away their best album in at least 20 years. Girl Panic alone is the best song they've done since Notorious ... the new songs will easily slide in with their classics on the upcoming tour. Really pretty astonishing - 50-somethings are not supposed to have this kind of album left in them. Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2010
    10
    easily their best album since the fab five days of the mid-80s. the album's fantastic, not a single weak song on it. stand-outs for me are being followed and the man who stole a leopard. Full Review »
  3. Dec 23, 2010
    9
    The band has said that Mark Ronson coaxed out of them something that they basically forgot they had in them. They remembered they were Duran Duran, the songs are all great, and the album is put together so well. I am reminded of ten years ago when U2 put out "All That You Can't Leave Behind"- they served notice that nobody does U2 better than U2. The same holds true here. Full Review »