Concert Review: Duran Duran - All You Need is Now is Right on Time - Page 4
When I think of what it took for these two men to get Duran Duran to this point I'm reminded of Whitman's "Noiseless Patient Spider," The bridge is form'd, the ductile anchor holds, O my soul.
With fortitude, faith and perhaps just pure ornery stubbornness these two men have not only held it all together, but they've built a legacy for Duran Duran; an incredible legacy that is going to impact the course of music over the next decade. The powerful, infectious mix of retro-pop meets techno-industrial that they've introduced is the perfect gateway for the coming musical evolution.
Many of today's most popular bands will be sloughed off in the next couple of years, unable to transition their sound for the coming changes, unwilling to shake the image that has been their signature for over a decade. Many have survived beyond what should have been their shelf-lives anyway, mainly due to our preoccupation with Y2K and the millennium bug. But the rest of the world moved on musically, it's purely arrogance and ignorance that allows us to maintain that we are the cutting edge of everything--but hey. We're Americans. That's a large part of our charm: Blind superiority.
Linkin Park will survive into the next decade, the techno-industrial tones woven throughout their latest album and Mike Shinoda standing at the keyboards working the synths and computers when I did the A Thousand Suns Review proves that they get it.
But Duran Duran doesn't just get it, they own that shit. That is what Duran Duran is, has always been. All You Need is Now has allowed them to grab the flag and jump to the front of the pack. They were made to run music this decade. They'll be the band that everyone else is watching to see what's coming next; the musical compass that keeps everyone moving in the right direction.
Over the course of the last decade Duran Duran has become a force to be reckoned with on the international playing field. One of the most influential bands affecting music world-wide. They've been a driving force in the techno-electronic arena; pioneers who broke that ground before computers and instruments could communicate with one another. There's hardly a DJ today who doesn't credit Duran Duran as an inspiration and an influence. Even Mark Ronson, who produced Duran Duran's latest album, All You Need is Now, has been a long-time, die-hard Duran Duran fan.
Hard to tell really, who is more honored, Duran Duran for the opportunity to work with the man whose musical talents have brought out the best in artists like Macy Gray, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera. Or Mark Ronson who has been given the opportunity to work with musicians who have such an amazing musical background and are such a powerful creative force within themselves. There really isn't anything that he can teach them; no trick or talent that they need to learn. Rather, they seem to meet each other on a ground of mutual respect and that respect makes their pairing a perfect match. I hope they continue to work together in the future. It's an incredible chemistry. Explosive.Continued on the next page