Astronaut - Duran Duran
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Astronaut takes a few songs to warm up, but by the time the band hits naughty dance-floor fillers like "Bedroom Toys" and "Taste the Summer," it feels like 1983 all over again.
  2. Mostly unembarrassing and at times shockingly vital. [15 Oct 2004, p.72]
  3. Revitalizes Duran's early synth-pop magic. [28 Oct 2004, p.103]
  4. Duran Duran has a new lease on life, sounding more vibrant and exciting than it has in eons.
  5. 60
    It's sleek, groomed and genetically engineered to within an inch of sonic perfection, but there's very little that's memorable. [Nov 2004, p.120]
  6. Filled with exhilarating highs and some confounding lows.
  7. 58
    The album's lyrics feature mostly throwaway new-age drivel... and gut-wrenching despondency reduced to bored balladeering. Or just plain silliness. [#13, p.102]
  8. Doesn't life already seem cruelly short? Do you really want to waste any of it ploughing through a new Duran Duran record? [9 Oct 2004, p.56]
  9. At a time when newer acts, from fringe to mainstream, are moving the band's old ideas forward, Duran Duran needs to do more than just mix in the blips and bleeps of contemporary dance music to prove it has something to contribute. [31 Oct 2004]
  10. Even with a handful of forgettable songs... the album is easily the best one credited to the Duran Duran name since 1993's Wedding Album.
  11. Astronaut doesnâ??t come close to ranking with the music that made the band world famous, but it has moments that make it easy to remember why the band rode such a wave to begin with.
  12. Awesomely anodyne, breathtakingly boring and crushingly clichéd, â??Astronautâ? singularly fails to take flight.
  13. 40
    The root of the malaise most surely [lies] in the protracted production, which appears to have sucked the life out of whatever good material there was. [Nov 2004, p.110]
  14. When they strain for sexy modernity... it's as appealing as Mr. Burns writhing round in satin sheets. [Nov 2004, p.119]
  15. With too many songs trying too hard, Duranies will still go hungry for quality.
  16. 30
    The default setting is funk-pop bombast augmented by horribly dated electronica. [Nov 2004, p.128]
  17. Before long, though, Duran Duran are adrift in an unforgiving sea of disco-dad dance-pop, anaemic vocals and lyrics too distressingly awful to repeat in a family newspaper.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. NomNam
    Dec 6, 2006
    10
    Excluding Bedroom Toys, Astrounaut was excelent.
  2. mozmonk
    Feb 6, 2005
    9
    Would have been a 10 , but for the naffness of Bedroom Toys.
  3. SteveB
    Oct 19, 2004
    8
    Totally accessible and highly enjoyable CD for anyone who has ever listened to DD just for the pure guilty pleasure of their particular brand Totally accessible and highly enjoyable CD for anyone who has ever listened to DD just for the pure guilty pleasure of their particular brand of pop-rock. Reminds me in the drum-heavy spots of "Hold Back the Rain" -- good thing -- and doesn't try to re-create "Is there something I should know?" or "The Reflex" -- it just stands on its own. Would have been a much better received in the 80's if it had been released instead of the dull "Notorious" album. If you didn't care for DD in any of their incarnations, this CD won't change your mind. But if you like DD, this is worth buying. Full Review »