Astronaut - Duran Duran
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  • Summary: 'Astronaut' marks first album by Duran Duran's original lineup since 1983's 'Seven And The Ragged Tiger.' Dallas Austin and Don Gilmore are among the producers.
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. Revitalizes Duran's early synth-pop magic. [28 Oct 2004, p.103]
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. NomNam
    Dec 6, 2006
    Excluding Bedroom Toys, Astrounaut was excelent.
  2. ArnoldM
    Oct 14, 2004
    After listening and reading the lyrics, it is clear that the band has been down the road of life. The melodies remind one of the great 80's syntho-pop, but the lyrics are from older, wiser, and harder men. Bravo! Expand
  3. gus
    Jan 29, 2005
    This is the second best cd these guys have done (after Rio). MUCH better than 7! I have followed the band since the beginning and this is a well crafted musical adventure. Can't wait to hear these songs performed live. Expand
  4. SBx
    Oct 16, 2004
    excellent. the 80s lives again.
  5. BobM
    Jan 17, 2005
    High energy with a hint of the 80's magic. New Duran Duran for those who missed them the first time. Like all their other best albums, you have to let it grow on you. Damn, it is so much better than what's on the airwaves these days. Expand
  6. djMerky
    Nov 15, 2004
    Very nice album. 2 songs wich I don't like but most of them R wonderfull... Have too listen more then once to explore the quality, it's worth it! Collapse
  7. BuntyH
    May 8, 2005

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