tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

29/07/2015 : DURAN DURAN - Rio (Expanded)

DURAN DURAN

Rio (Expanded)

MusicCD
Synth Pop / Electro Pop

[80/100]   

EMI
29/07/2015, Paul PLEDGER

Issued in 1982 and the band's biggest US hit album to date, Rio is one of the '80s most enduring pop albums. Sure, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor et al may well have come across as flash playboys but their post New Romantic legacy remains surprisingly enduring.

Using Japan, Roxy Music and Chic as part of a loose blueprint, Rio is packed with big familiar songs. The title track is no slouch with its funky walking bass-line, soaring guitar hook and 'dancing on the sand', Save A Prayer provided solace for groping teenagers at many a school-disco and Hungry Like The Wolf remains a monster of a track and a huge American hit (pretty much the springboard for the Birmingham new romantics turned dance act) and My Own Way, which remains the runt of the Rio litter.

The non-singles stand up well with the eerie The Chauffeur standing out. Coming over like a hybrid of Simple Minds' Film Theme and Velvet Underground's Venus In Furs, the album's closer sounds like the product of a different band rather than Britain's then premier pin-ups. And then there are the singles that should have been, the reflective Numan-esque Lonely In Your Nightmare and the Japan clone Hold Back The Rain which successfully out-Sylvians David Sylvian, after a fashion.

It could be argued that the white-boy funk of New Religion may have spawned a thousand Classix Nouveauxs, Blue Zoos or Cava Cavas or that Last Chance On The Stairway was a rewrite of the title-track but no matter - Rio saw Duran Duran at the top of their commerical game, before America gripped them by the throat and inspired them to shed the risible The Reflex a year or so later.

In a year which saw Madonna debut Michael Jackson rule the world with Thriller and several high-profile artists release classic albums with heavily-rotated singles on MTV, five relatively fresh-face poster icons from Brum did pretty well with Rio, a number 1 album in Australia, #2 in the UK and number 6 in the US (where the album got a remix overhaul after initially flagging - tracks included here).

Be warned though - this is merely a repackage of the 2009 remaster edition with a different catalogue number.

This review also appeared also on Flipside Reviews.

Paul PLEDGER
29/07/2015


Music reviews

12
05
NUOVO TESTAMENTO
New Earth
11
05
THE RORSCHACH GARDEN
Dangerous Isolation Site
07
05
CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX
Ellengæng
06
05
INSTITUTE FOR THE CRIMINALLY INSANE
Classic Chevrolet
05
05
PESCH
Melba
22
04
PINK TURNS BLUE
There Must Be So Much More

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

13
05
Today it’s exactly 24 years ago Nine Inch Nails released their The Perfect Drug (Versions) EP!
11
05
Today it’s been 34 years since NITZER EBB released their legendary debut album That Total Age!
10
05
Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell release outstanding 'Burn' LP.
08
05
41 years ALAN VEGA · MARTIN REV or THE SECOND SUICIDE ALBUM!
07
05
This month it’s been 43 years since Kraftwerk released Die Roboter / The Robots!
06
05
Neo-Classical Band AUTUMN TEARS Reveals The Glow Of Desperation

Concert reviews

24
09
RED ZEBRA
29 augustus 2020 - Zarlarswing

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

20
04
TERMINAL SERIOUS
I ask myself time after time: can love still save us?
15
04
BLEEDING RAVEN
Never really took myself serious... still don’t...
12
02
DIVE
We All Can Ask Us The Question ‘Where Do We Go From Here?'
10
02
RAYMOND WATTS (PIG)
'It’s not a re-discovery. It’s finding the way in to let the stuff out...'
02
02
JOHN 3:16
I regularly come across animal remains at various stages of decomposition. That started to affect me, and that's where the concept of the record was born.

PHOTOS

15
04
FAD GADGET
Mean Fiddler, London, England
25
09
PETER HEPPNER
Strandkorb Open Air Mönchengladbach
20
09
STAR-INDUSTRY
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DEER DEAR
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LARVA
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LIZARD SMILE
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DELERITAS
Liège New Wave Festival

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

14
05
CLOCK DVA
The Hacker
13
05
BULLET HEIGHT
Hold Together
12
05
GERTRUD STEIN
U-bahn
11
05
DEAD WHEN I FOUND HER
Downpour
10
05
CHRISTINE PLAYS VIOLA
Sentenced to fall
09
05
WANT/ED
(You) Won't Regret
08
05
HEDERA HELIX
Hedera Helix Promo