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. EdwinaL.
    Nov 25, 2007
    10
    A much awaited album that has not disappointed. I love the fact that the sound is a little bit different, but still essentially Duran Duran. The more I listen the more I love it. Thanks guys! Expand
  2. AliG
    Nov 19, 2007
    10
    I was skeptical of the collaborations behind this album, mostly due to over-saturation in the market by Timbaland. But after hearing the album, I find that, thankfully, there is just enough T&T to know there was some collaboration, but not enough to overpower the sound that is Duran Duran. Fabulous album from beginning to end!! Expand
  3. MikeV.
    Nov 14, 2007
    10
    This album grows on you
  4. MaciejK.
    Dec 12, 2007
    10
    It's excellent!!! Good Work!!! THS from Poland.
  5. PamelaT.
    Nov 14, 2007
    9
    Great cd ! Love it!!!!
  6. DianeJ.
    Nov 19, 2007
    9
    Can't understand why Duran Duran get such bad reviews, their new album is different and has a much more modern edge to it but sounds great. Have listened to it loads now and it just gets better and better. Love it!!! Expand
  7. Dignan
    Nov 15, 2007
    2
    Duran shows their age by jumping on a Timbaland/Timbalake bandwagon, like the former mousketeer and plodding beatmaster are actually relevant. I've stuck up for Duran for years for being innovators and completely underrated, but this time I can't. It's hard to imagine them back in the day making a "new jack swing" record with Teddy Reilly or a sterile obnoxious metal record with Mutt Lange. Duran seemed to follow their own path (for better or worse) without the help of the Uberproducer of the day. Here we have what is easily the worst album of their careers. This record has big beats, but no hooks. And where did the great choruses go? The sing-songy "Falling Down" is as close as we get and that was co-written by Justin Timberfake. What's next guys co-writing with Desmond Child and Diane Warren? It's apparent the lack of a guitarist has hurt the writing. Bring back Warren dudes! I know I will be lambasted by fellow Duranies for not "Getting it" but this is a sh*t sandwich. Expand

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