Red Carpet Massacre - Duran Duran
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  • Summary: The band's first new album since 2004 finds them without singer/guitarist Andy Taylor and featuring guests Timberland and Justin Timberlake.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Duran Duran have updated their sound just enough to feel relevant, without embarrassing themselves in the process--no mean feat for a band in the throes of a midlife crisis.
  2. While Simon Le Bon's tenor is still in top form, his lyrical prowess remains hit and miss as do some of the late-in-the-album tracks. But this is one record the diehard Durannies should find room for in their collections.
  3. 70
    With Simon LeBon sharpening his typically abstract lyrics and everyone bolstering the contrasting, constant hooks, Timbaland perfects the rock-techno fusion his solo album fumbled, while Duran emphasize their willfully plastic extremes. They’ve never sounded this pretty and severe.
  4. Red Carpet Massacre sounds like a remix of a great Duran Duran album, and for that it’s merely good.
  5. The group's decision to concentrate on what keyboardist Nick Rhodes calls "the groove factor" has resulted in one of their more adventurous releases, in the sense that there's plenty of groove, but not much of the tunefulness that was behind their biggest hits.
  6. Between the odd pretty guitar motif ('She's Too Much') and marching drum roll ('The Valley') the pile-driving beatwork and rapping cameos only highlight the fact that the weakest element here is Duran themselves.
  7. The problem isn't that Red Carpet Massacre pushes Duran Duran out of their comfort zone. The problem is that they sound just a little too comfortable there to make the most of bad situation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. Dec 31, 2010
    9
    With Red Carpet Massacre, Duran Duran are back with a collection of sophisticated, shimmery pop songs. They are as always flavoured bittersweet with regret and an occasional manly tear. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2013
    5
    The collaboration with Justin Timberlake did not work out at all. In the past, Duran Duran had suffered from overcooking their songs, and this album is no exception, but stepped up more than usual. The songs feel unfinished, thin and it seems the organic feel coming through the electronics completely lost its way. What redeems this album from the likes of Liberty or Thank You is avoiding the weak lyrics that plagued worse albums in their catalog. Otherwise, this is an annoying album, even for a die-hard Duran Duran fan like myself. Expand

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