Album Review: Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now (Tape Modern)

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Successfully hailing their new romantic glory days of 1983

After an aeon in the wilderness, punctuated by acts of sheer imbecility such as covering [a]Public Enemy[/a]’s [b]‘911 Is A Joke’[/b], somehow, miraculously, new romantic godfathers the Duranies are back with their strongest album since 1983’s [b]‘Seven And The Ragged Tiger’[/b].

Producer [a]Mark Ronson[/a] does an astounding job of taking them back to the [b]‘Fab Five’[/b] glory days of [b]‘Rio’[/b]: [b]‘Being Followed’[/b] and [b]‘Leave A Light On’[/b] are the sonic equivalent of a shoeless walk in a pastel linen suit and Princess Di haircut along a tropical beach. Elsewhere, the four-fifths-complete line-up revisits the new romantic Blitz Club funk of their debut album on [b]‘Safe (In The Heat Of The Moment)’[/b] and [b]‘Girl Panic!’[/b].

John Doran