Throwback Tuesday : Duran Duran - Astronaut

By DmSteve
Well it's time for the inaugural edition of Throwback Tuesdays! Each week I am going to take an active or retired band or artist from yesteryear and review one of their albums in hopes of bringing them to a new generation of listeners.

This weeks throwback band is New Wave Pop group Duran Duran. Famous in the 80s for hits such as Hungry Like The Wolf, and Notorious Duran Duran have recorded a number of hits albums and remained active to this date. With a few lineup changes Duran Duran will be releasing a new album "Red Carpet Massacre" with production, songwriting, and collaborations from Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and possibly Nelly Furtado.

The last album they recorded with all the original members is 2004's Astronaut which I will be reviewing today, hope you all enjoy.


While every track on the album is easy on the ears some songs that really show off how well the band's craft has matured are the following.

Astronaut - Lyrically the song doesn't present much, but musically the track is addicting as crack, and it gives you a lot better feeling too (or so I've heard).

Bedroom Toys - One of the funkiest songs on the album is also one of the best Duran has ever released. This song offers a lot more lyrically filled with provocative metaphors and bridges and a hook you'll have stuck in your head for weeks.

Taste The Summer - Trust me, you'll love the hook to this.

What Happens Tomorrow - D Squared changes the whole playing field with one track, you forget what band you're actually listening to during this track, and while it's not traditional Duran Duran it should be included in their best work yet.

(Reach Up For The) Sunrise - You'll probably remember this track from a lot of commercials and Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, but before it was all of that it was an amazing opening track to one of the best albums I have heard all year.

Final Verdict - Known in the 80s and early 90s for their brilliant new wave sound and dance records Duran Duran returns to their roots to give their modern spin on pop music in this album for the new millennium. Blending together pop, funk, and some amazing dance beats this album has enough thrills for the modern dance and pop fan as well as Duran's diehard fans. The only squabble I have with this particular album is with 12 songs running at almost 50 minutes this album is too short for new fans to really get exactly what the boys of Duran Duran are capable of, and too short for their die hard fans to be pleased until they release new material which in the case is 3 years later.

I Give Duran Duran's "Astronaut"
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3 comments so far.

  1. Jackson Glass July 3, 2007 at 8:05 PM
    Bro, webdings font or w/e. Wtf?
  2. DmSteve July 3, 2007 at 8:15 PM
    I didn't know people couldn't read it, I guess I have it installed or something lol.
  3. Jackson Glass July 4, 2007 at 12:47 AM
    Since when is 50 minutes too short of an album? Wow... you can say that about very. very, very few albums.

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