Concert Review: Duran Duran - All You Need is Now is Right on Time - Page 5
What Duran Duran needed in order to create an album that would lead the charge into the next musical revolution is someone with a sound musical ear and an understanding of the band's musical dynamics--and that is exactly what Mark Ronson brings to the table; his deep, innate understanding of individual strengths and his ability to maximize them.
He didn't need to re-create wheel, he certainly didn't need to "doctor" any element of their musical ability and, being an artist secure in his own talent, he didn't need to turn the next Duran Duran album into a Mark Ronson project--he simply allowed Duran Duran to be Duran Duran.
Together the Ronson/ DD team have created an album that is Duran Duran at its purest. They've managed to strip away every bit of glitz and polish and, starting with a clean palette, they've pulled the best of what they've mastered over the years, from John Taylor's driving, thumping bass lines to Nick Rhodes' ability to weave a musical tapestry out of trance-like electronic melodies, punctuated brilliantly by hard-driving, edgy industrial thrusts.
By stripping their sound down to its rawest form and interweaving their strongest attributes throughout, they have created what is clearly the most potent version of Duran Duran to date. If Rio has been the monster whose shadow they could never quite escape, then All You Need is Now is surely their Joshua Tree, their Jagged Little Pill. It is the album that Duran Duran needed in this, the first year of a new decade and it is sure to be the defining album in the next phase of their musical legacy.
All You Need is Now is just an abso-fucking-lutely mind blowing album in its own right. It stands alone, not needing to be propped up by Duran Duran's previous work. It is truly Epic.
Few bands can create, on their 13th album no less, the kind of charisma that Duran Duran can. And you could feel it as soon as they hit the stage in Atlanta--Duran Duran has a firm handle on the direction of music for the next decade. They also have a ground-breaking hit record under their belts. I think they know that--and they are loving every second of it.
That re-captured energy and confidence was reflected brilliantly in Duran Duran's kick-ass performance to a "sold out" audience in Atlanta. And you could tell that Duran Duran was as happy to see their fans as their fans were to see them--as soon as they hit the stage that was clear, and it was sincere; they were really glad to be there.Continued on the next page