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Duran Duran
"Duran Duran (1993)"

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Year of Release: 1993

track listing
  • Too Much Information
  • Ordinary World
  • Love Voodoo
  • Drowning Man
  • Shotgun
  • Come Undone
  • Breath After Breath
  • U.M.F.
  • Femme Fatale
  • None Of The Above
  • Shelter
  • To Whom It May Concern
  • Sin Of The City

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    Duran Duran
    "Duran Duran (1993)"

    Duran Duran returns with their 1993 self-titled release, also titled (The Wedding Album). As mentioned in previous Duran Duran reviews on this site, I was never really a major Duran Duran fan. Only a small portion of their music has been favored. Although listening to their albums will either make me cringe or think "ok, this is alright to listen to," this week's album once again has myself cringing more than exactly sherring with delight.

    "Too Much Information" is probably considered the best song from this album, as it has the typical Duran Duran sound famous from their 1980s heydays. "Ordinary World" is mellow, having a 1980s Pop style, and I just remembered how annoying lead singer Simon LeBon's vocals were. Speaking of, "Love Voodoo" is very distracting.

    Techno fans will enjoy "Drowning Man," as most bands in the 1990s turned to this direction. (U2's Pop) "Shotgun" is short, being less than a minute, and sounding more like a Pop Duran Duran commercial.

    "Come Undone" isn't bad, nor good, just fair. Different best describes "Breath After Breath" -- different sounding for both LeBon's vocals and the band's popular sound. It's really a hit-or-miss. "U.M.F.", like many of their songs (in my opinion) -- the music is pretty good, yet the vocals (LeBon) I just can't stomach. The same can be said for a later song on this release, "To Whom It May Concern."

    "Femme Fatale" is promising, only due to the fact that it was a remake originally by The Velvet Underground, fronted by Lou Reed. (Duran Duran's next release would consist of cover tunes -- Thank You [1995].)

    "None Of The Above" and "Shelter" have the typical 1980s DD sound. The vocals are fairly done, so these songs are not really that bad. "Sin Of The City" starts out weird, and in fact, this whole song is just weird.

    Whether you like them or not, Duran Duran became one of the best Pop bands of the 1980s. Many bands were better than them in my opinion. But like any bands and musical styles, some are liked by others, and others hated. As Wikipedia mentions the music artist Moby's comments about Duran Duran:
    As Moby said of the band in his website diary in 2003: "... they were cursed by what we can call the 'Bee Gees' curse, which is: 'write amazing songs, sell tons of records, and consequently incur the wrath or disinterest of the rock obsessed critical establishment'."

    Translation... You like them, or you hate them... Enough said.

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