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Rio

Duran Duran

1982

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Rio

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3.42

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5

So fucking good man, Hungry Like the Wolf and Rio are my obvious favorites but the start of New Religion is fire. No skips and a perfect length, def gonna listen to this album a lot more now. Already Saved: Hungry Like the Wolf Saved After Listening: Rio (idk why i didn't already have this one), New Religion, Save a Prayer

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The year is 1982. Man, what a time to be alive! Especially for me, being that I was born that year. Imagine, you’re an adolescent in an era that, although there wasn’t any internet yet, there was cable television. Cable was kind of mind blowing to be honest and it was the Wild Wild West at this time. Kids didn’t have Tik Tok or YouTube, but they had MTV!! I’ll hold the tired jokes about how that’s when they actually played music. MTV helped introduce all kinds of music to people that previously only had three channels to choose from when watching television. How did the infant network manage to set themselves apart from any other old thing on the boob tube? Well because if you want to be on MTV you obviously have to have a music video. Having visuals to go along with music that you could see over and over without having to be at a live concert or being forced to sit in front of Ed Sullivan or Dick Clark was revolutionary for the young folks of the time and a humongous marketing tool! Speaking of revolutionary, Paul Revere warned that the British were coming way back in 1775. Well, that wouldn’t be the only invasion since then. The British Invasion in the 60’s changed the musical climate of the entire world. In the late 70’s and early 80’s there was a second invasion. No warfare was necessary, we welcomed it this time around! Now to get on with it, as an Englishman would say. Duran Duran utilized all of the tools listed above. This group of young guys went viral before there was viral. They understood the popularity of Punk Rock and glammed that shit all the way up! Now, that may have been a deal breaker for the widely homophobic demographic of that time, no worries though, a video for a little song titled Girls on Film came out and, what I would have to guess is an enigma of record breaking prepubescent jack off sessions would be had worldwide because of it. That video will still make some guys and girls blush to this day. Look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Just be sure to find the uncensored version. Keep in mind, this was a great time to be alive because the HIV epidemic wouldn’t hit until a couple of years later. Being able to be free sexually if you so shall chose to had little consequences compared to the near future. Duran Duran became so popular that it became cool for girls to like this band as much as the boys and, let’s be real, Duran Duran probably already had the girls attention anyways. Posters and magazine covers were sure to be plastered everywhere. This new English phenomena was just beginning. Now on to my review of the actual music! Every song on this album is as salacious as the guys themselves. If you’re alive and more than 4 years old, you’ve heard Hungry Like a Wolf and Rio for sure. They’re expertly recorded to excite you, make you want to dance and most importantly give you that sexy feeling. Rio gives you a tropical feeling. Listening to it I can see the girls dancing in the sand. Horny, errr I mean Hungry Like The Wolf is self explanatory. The videos these guys put out were top notch. So much beauty, action and anticipation. The music videos that accompanied these songs were next level and inspired classic shows and movies, at least stylistically, like Miami Vice and Scarface. Tell me I’m wrong. They also have sold more than 100 million albums to date. Other great songs from Rio include New Religion, Hold Back the Rain and Lonely In Your Nightmare. Patrick Nagel created the cover art that is so iconically 80’s you get nostalgic just looking at it. In closing, Duran Duran put out pretty good music. Their success, in my opinion, should be chalked up to their vision. The styles, the fashion, the marketing, the good looks and the smarts of these party animals made every guy want to be them and every girl want to be with them.

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5

Loved this one. Duran Duran is quintessential '80s synth pop, and this has gotta be one of the best albums in that space. Of course, I've heard "Rio" and "Hungry Like the Wolf," but I was surprised to find that almost every track on here is a banger, even the more contemplative songs. I think I loved all but two tracks. How this only peaked at #6 on the US Billboard charts is beyond me. Favorite tracks: Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf, Last Chance on the Stairway. Album art: Iconic. This is the first we've had that isn't a photograph, and doesn't feature the artist. But for me, it's the most easily identifiable. If you took all the text off the cover and just showed me the art, I would know it in a second. But aside from that recognition, it's also a fantastic cover design. The art style is awesome, perfectly '80s. 5/5

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5

Saved Prior: Hungry Like the Wolf Not Saved: 9. Lonely in Your Nightmare Cutting Edge: 8. Save a Prayer 7. New Religion Off Rip: 6. My Own Way 5. Rio 4. Last Chance on the Stairway 3. The Chauffeur (all of the songs mostly had the same vibe except for this one. didn't expect to like this one as much as I did) 2. Hold Back the Rain 1. Hungry Like the Wolf Overall Notes: Didn't think I was going to give this album a 5, but looking back I saved all but one song so how could I not. Hit that 80's alt zone dead on. The hooks are absurdly good and took it from a 4 to a 5. Every single song had a really good melodic element to it.

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Holy shit the bass on this album is incredible! An album and band my metal-loving ass completely dismissed as a kid. This is some good shit.

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5

Excellent New Wave album

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5

One of my favorites. 5/5

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5

All in all a great album with hits I barely remember from when I was young to fresh ones that just blew me away Favourite songs: Rio, The Chauffeur, Hungry like a wolf, Save a prayer, My own way

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5

This is probably THE quintessential 80's new wave album, only to be rivaled by "Songs From the Big Chair". The synths are fresh, the bass is bombastic, the guitar riffs are energetic, everything comes together to create perfectly crafted songs. Admittedly I never listen to the lyrics of these songs because the music itself commands so much attention. These songs inspire so much joy, they're effortless to listen to, and there's not much more to say other than that I love every song on this album. Favorite track: I honestly can't choose Least favorite track: none

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I independently listened to this album last week, in the pre-1001 days where free will guided our album choices, so I'm locked and loaded. This album is the top of the mountain. The peak new wave achievement: sparkly synthesizers everywhere, giant spritely pop songs, nonstop infectious hooks, that metallic flanger vocal effect, a devastatingly handsome collection of Englishmen (who actualy wrote and performed the whole album). Plus the real hero: BIG BOOTY FRETLESS BASS. And the Chauffeur is a cool spooky song. I imagine this one will be divisive among the Mayo crew, but you gotta respect the top of the genre even if you don't love the genre. I don't fuck with disco, but Donna Summer rules. A

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4

Ahaha, this is an album I know so well. I was an eleven-year-old girl when this came out, so there you go. Listening now, I think this album is as good as it ever was. It's a New Romantic classic, and a still a really fun listen. Rio is probably the strongest, most perfectly crafted album Duran Duran ever made, the album that made them stars. Credit where it's due: John Taylor is a legitimately great bassist, delivering a surprising, funky groove that a lot of English bands did not have. You pull Taylor out of Duran Duran and you have a considerably less interesting band. The best songs on this album are the ones that lean into that groove, like the title song and "New Religion." Taylor's funky bass plays well against Andy Taylor's equally strong, energetic riffs and Roger Taylor’s crisp, punchy drumming style. Nick Rhodes' keyboard arrangements are elegant and exotic sounding, with a vibe straight out of Bowie. Simon Le Bon had a lot of charisma as a front man and his voice works well with these songs, even if he wasn't as strong a vocalist as some of his contemporaries. The album is book ended with two excellent songs in "Rio" and "The Chauffeur." The rest of the songs vary in quality, but the overall flow from beginning to end is really good. The danceable stuff is where the band excels, but the ballads are also still lovely to listen to, with some of the prettiest, most stylish keyboard arrangements out at that time. Fave Songs: Rio, New Religion, The Chauffeur, Save a Prayer, Hungry Like the Wolf

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A cup of kickass riffs. 500 grams of irresistible grooves. 10 slices of hooks that are either terrible or doesn't age well. A can of dull, whiny vocals. And finally, a desired amount of layers of deliciously interesting production instrumentals. Mix everything careful until it's thick enough for future molds to sneak in. And behold! A typical new-wave album! An odd yet perfectly sane mixture of delicious and repulsive.

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4

Slick, haughty and perhaps even a touch forbidding - Duran Duran in their pomp sound like a band that simply didn't produce music for the lumpenproletariat. But before you dismiss this as the soundtrack to boardroom cocaine binges, think again; the boys knew how to write a brilliant pop song, even when mucking around with the rule book. All the big songs on here - 'Rio', 'Hungry...' shimmer and shine; perhaps even better are 'Save a Prayer' with its wonky synth riff, and 'The Chauffeur', a startling slice of pop modernism. 'Rio' still sounds a bit like the future.

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Annoyingly catchy 80's pop. No thanks.

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Here we go again...I under why some like this album and even put it at top of their list of they were into 80’s synth pop. I don’t understand why it’s here though in this list? I doesn’t say much for music from the age of modern man when a non eventful album full of lacklustre songs like this is judged one of the best of all time. I found it drab. 1 Star!

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5

Pretty solid. You can see the influence on Radiohead they had.

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5

If I was alive when this was released, it might have been too much, but I really appreciate the cocaine fueled production for what it is now. Loved the whole album

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5

Last song was a little underwhelming, but the rest of the album is fantastic. Banger after banger.

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5

Fantastic. Classic. So Good.

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5

Killer 80s music.

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5

Äärimmäisen positiivinen yllätys. Duran Duran oli ennestään tuttu pääosin hittiensä kautta, mutta tämä levyhän oli todella tasavahva kokonaisuus. Hitit (Rio, Hungry Like a Wolf, Save a Prayer, My Own Way) ovat klassikoita, joskaan ei puhkikuunneltuja sellaisia. Lisäksi levyltä löytyi aivan uusia kiinnostavia tuttavuuksia josta tykkäsin kovasti (Lonely In Your Nightmare, The Chauffeur). Lähes virheetön levy omassa genressään, joka ansaitsee listauksen tähän mennessä ensimmäinen yllätysvitosen.

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5

I listen to this album a couple times a year. Great album to start with! Upbeat and classic.

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5

Really love this album!

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5

I like it - I was already familiar with a lot of the songs but it's nice as a whole. 4.5 - I like it and would listen to it again, but don't know that it's a favorite of all time. I wrote that halfway through, still listening, pushing it to a 5, I really like it and some of these I wasn't familiar with are really good. It also feels like they go together as an album.

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5

Got some classics and all around a pretty good album

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5

Guay

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5

Es uno de mis álbumes favoritos

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5

used to hate this when i was younger cause "the 80s" but now that Im old and sad as fuck i cant get enough of cocain pop

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5

Classic

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5

oh how i love this album.

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5

love this album, so captures that those of the polished new wave 80s pop.

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5

Loved it. I have been spoken derisively about synth heavy 80s albums in the past, but I'm growing to enjoy quite a bit of that style of music. Rio is well paced, and features interesting lyrics, amazing bass lines, and intriguing synth/keyboard work. I will definitely be returning to this album.

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5

Surprisingly delightful. I had mentally filed Duran Duran as "that ur-80s band" and never sat down to really listen to them. This album is excellent - it's fun, and sentimental, and has some real bops.

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5

I want my MTV. This is truly a pop gem that definitely transcends the synth era. Enjoyable from start to finish.

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5

Truly a sensation album, not just for the music, but for the video generation it created. Certainly their best.

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5

A classic

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5

Elsk. Allt er gott.

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5

Dynamic sounds, absolute bops

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Hi ha discos que s'han de valorar per sobre d'imatges, actituds i èpoques. 'Rio' és la cúspide del génere new romantics i un dels millors treballs de pop comercial dels 80. No es cansa un mai d'escoltar-lo i sempre és font de sol, platja i bons moments. Podrien ser nou singles junts en un sol disc, i algun d'ells, com 'Save a Prayer', 'The Chauffeur', 'Lonely in Your Nightmare' o 'Hungry Like a Wolf', destaquen entre els millors temes pop de la década

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5

One of if not the best pop album of the 80’s. It’s slick and stylish without being overdramatic and becoming a parody of itself.

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5

One of the best pop albums from the 1980s - with great album tracks such as The Chauffeur that are just as good as the hit singles.

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5

I thoroughly enjoyed this album. My favourites are My Own Way, Hungry Like The Wolf, New Religion and Last Chance On The Stairway.

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5

Bangers all the way 10/10

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5

Super nice 80s album. Felt at home right away

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5

I love this album man. It's the 80's in a bottle.

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5

не ну прям очень хорошо, приятно и красиво

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5

Classic album with multiple favorites already on my list. The lyrics on the favorites make less sense when you read them. Seems to be more about the catchy / familiar rhythm. Hungry like the wolf is fun on Rock Band (drums). The main tracks will stay in regular rotation.

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5

I usually think that the 80s didn't add much to the music discourse, but albums like this prove me wrong.

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5

Legendary 80s album. Still holds up.

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5

John Taylor - a god amongst men.

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5

definitivamente dançande e muuuito anos 80

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5

Nostalgico, mas alto astral.

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5

After a respectable first album, Rio is when Duran Duran really got going. Everything fits well together here; lead singer Simon Le Bon doesn't always hit the correct notes, but what he lacks in intonation he makes up with tone that is uniquely suited for this kind of music. John and Roger Taylor (no relation) are a tightly locked, always grooving rhythm section - the title track's bassline is especially iconic, and John Taylor's playing is on a whole new level. Meanwhile Andy Taylor's (still no relation) very tasteful and restrained guitar playing adds some welcome rock overtones. And Nick Rhodes' keyboard parts are not only embellishment, but are totally integrated into these songs. This album more than any other defined the new romantic sound of the early 80s, and set an antithesis to the then-prevalent punk movement. Every single track here is worth a listen, but the standouts are Rio, Save A Prayer, and Hungry Like the Wolf. It's truly iconic for its era. 5/5

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5

Quintessential British new-wave

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5

Weirdly, I kinda like this one. I am hearing a kind of Yes-like vocal and it just feels kind of right. I feel like I will come back to it as much as I have Magazine's Self-Titled. Highlights: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9.

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5

I love this album and I listened to the band playing live many of the songs in here. Big fan.

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5

The soundtrack to junior high for me. Terrible years, I don't think anyone enjoys being 13, especially in retrospect. But even that can't taint my love for Duran Duran; I'm finding that I still know every word of every song. Even the album cover is the 80's crystalized in one image. It is impossible to listen to these songs and not see the videos in my mind's eye. MTV propelled Duran Duran into superstardom and they likewise made MTV central to teenage life. So. Many. Memories.

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4

Any album with Hungry Like the Wolf on it deserves at least 4 stars. But besides that, I found this album pretty enjoyable. The length was perfect and it was full of new wave bops. I'd like to listen to it again and absorb it better.

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4

albums pretty gfood btw. i dunno why everyone seems to love duran duran specificalley so much tho. some of these tracks r great but not all the hooks rly catch me . the production and synth tones n guitars r charming n all but like half the shit here isnt rly catchy at all. its a fun enough time i guess but i dont see it sticking with me that much. kinda saved by the grooves though. was just expecting more. shrug

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4

1982. Key Songs: Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf, The Chauffeur

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4

80s to the core. Still, weirdly doesn't sound super dated like some late 80s stuff does. Pretty fun, the songs can be a bit long though. Favorite tracks: "Hold Back the Rain", "Rio", "Save a Prayer"

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4

Great album

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4

Hold back the rain was brilliant. New religion bass line is incredible. Overall enjoyed

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4

Lots of songs i love on that album, but it does sound repetitive

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4

Full of his, but rather hollow outside of the singles

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4

As our buddy said this album “kinda slaps.” I couldn’t agree more. The album is 80s AF and I loved every minute of it.

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4

Banger after banger after banger with a couple duds mixed in. Still a great record.

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4

Never knew how much Duran Duran slaps, especially how the bass locks in with the kick drum. Quite enjoyable, would revisit.

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4

It is Duran Duran. It was good. 4/5

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4

Rio was my favourite song as a kid and heavily influenced my taste in music for the rest of my life: synths, catchy melodies, incredible choruses, harmonies, a little cheesy yet pop perfection... Never listened to the entirety of this album until now and while it does sound dated as hell, it's in a beautifully nostalgic way. The bass parts are AMAZING? And the singles were perfection. Really enjoyed this.

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4

Great stage/spacing and drum work, especially on the cymbals

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4

Great. Love a bit of Duran Duran

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4

Very 80s. A little more on the experimental side. Not as safe as other 80s dance I’ve heard. I respect it.

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4

Was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this album. Still holds up today and I’d say their non-singles are much better than their singles.

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4

Great

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4

Si vamos a calificar los discos que tienen más de tres buenas rolas con buenas calificaciones pues se dice y no pasa nada.

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4

Wow, starts off strong with some cop car chase vibes (very 80s of course)

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4

Favorite song: Rio

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4

Distinctly listenable. 8.5/10. Classics like Rio and Hungry Like the Wolf were awesome. New favs include Lonely in Your Nightmare, Hold Back the Rain, and New Religion. The Chauffeur was interesting too. Peak movie scene soundtrack options.

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4

This one was solidly 80s and good background music. I give it a solid 4.

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4

AND IM HUNGRY LIKE THE WOOOLLFFF

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4

miesi bangers si uf jede druff

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4

La canción más famosa (aunque no la mejor) del disco es “Rio”, mezcla sofisticada de sintetizadores, bajo funk y riffs de guitarra mientras Simon LeBon canta sobre la atractiva modelo que titula el tema. Otras canciones del LP son la atmosférica y oscura “The Chauffeur”, uno de los mejores momentos del álbum, la disco-funk “My Own Way”, con John Taylor luciéndose al bajo, la cacería amorosa techno-pop de “Hungry Like The Wolf”, o la balada sobre un encuentro sexual pasajero “Save A Prayer”, destacada por su melodía y un original trabajo en los sintetizadores.

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4

Good

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4

Classic Synth-Pop/New Romantic, truly enjoyable!

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4

Very good. Very 80s. Lots of hits, sometimes sounds similar but overall lots of bops.

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4

Very good. Very 80s. Lots of hits, sometimes sounds similar but overall lots of bops.

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4

already have, a good album but not as good as I-IV

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4

3.5

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9

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4

Um álbum com Rio e Save a Prayer não pode ter menos de 4 estrelas <3

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4

Now this is an album I grew up with. Not the entire album but there are some gems in this one and we are jumping into the 80’s Rock/Pop genre which I love. Duran Duran has such a unique sound that few have been able to replicate over the years. There is some kind of synth that feels like Manheim Steamroller but also brass that reminds me of Chicago. It’s a wild mixture of music that works well. Already on Hungry Like the Wolf, my favorite of the album. This was something my brothers and I danced to when we were young, maybe even on camera. This was also a fantastic music video. Hold Back the Rain was alright, a weaker track but it’s hard, if not impossible, to actually hold back the rain so I give them credit for trying. In New Religion, the vocals seem interlaced over one another but the beat is interesting. I also really like the synths in Save a Prayer. Overall, this is a fun 80’s album perfect for driving or at an 80’s themed party.

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4

This "Rock" album is one of a kind. I love Duran Duran and finally listening through this album has made me appreciate them more as just a band that made Hungry Like the Wolf. Even though I wasn't born until 1999, I feel like I can say that this album is very unique for its time. Every song seems to sound similar but also sounds funky and fresh. I'm not good at writing reviews so here's the jist of what I think about this album, "This is the 80s man!" -Joseph Klein

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4

Solid 80s Vibes throughout, very classic

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4

Started listening thinking Id hate it but a great album- even the ubiquitous songs that you've heard 1000s times of before sound better as part of an album. Glad to be proved wrong.

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4

Funkier than I expected: lots of slap bass and sixteenths on the hi hat.

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Hyvä levyhän tämä oli, olin aina kuvitellut että Duran Duran olisi jonkinlainen lälly poikabändi, jota tuon ajan tytöt fanittivat, mutta ihan asiallista kasaripoppiahan tämä oli. Paljon soittimia ja taidokkaan kuuloista toteutusta. Erityisesti levyn nimibiisi on menevä, myös Hungry like the wolf jäi mieleen.

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4

THE definitive Duran Duran album!

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4

Pure new romance yacht. Surprisingly good! Best Tracks: Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf, Hold Back the Rain

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4

Definitely 80s cheesy but like Prince, puts together enough awesome guitar licks (bass in Duran Durans case) and have tight enough song composition that they are the rare exception to the rule of "80's pop rock sucked"

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4

Enjoyed this one, I'd give it a 3.5. Dunno if I'd come back to it much but still. Also what kind of a genre name is 'new wave'? What's the deal with just putting 'core' and 'wave' after random words?

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4

yes sam

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4

very very 80s

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4

More listenable than I'd expected. Made me think of Men At Work. Liked this better than I expected, would listen again.

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4

Punchy and fun, I want to drive to the beach while listening to this album.

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4

Never consciously listened to Duran Duran before. Really liked the album. Sounds pretty modern for its time!

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4

Ace

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4

good!

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4

Slick as hell, with a lot of sick bass lines

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4

i liked tis one FT: 4

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4

very groovy😁

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4

Great album with some big hits

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4

oldie but goldie

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4

Duran Duran is one of my favorite 80s bands. Two undeniable hits (Rio, ...Wolf), a super strong near-hit (Save a Prayer - a personal fave) and the sleeper New Religion make this album a must-have for me. The rest of the album is unremarkable, but only one or two completely miss the mark. Put on your parachute pants and an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt with your favorite day-glo message and dance your butt off to this album!

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4

Interesting music Quick drums 4/5

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4

Great new wave record- includes mega hits Rio and Hungry Like The Wolf. Really gives some context to these songs that I had heard before.

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4

Solid 80s album that really separates itself from the 70s style. Rio and Hungry Like The Wolf are great songs. The whole album doesn’t have a bad song. 7.8/10

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4

I’m looking forward to listening again and again, and this could be a 5 star for me in the near future.

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4

Those synths. Those bass lines. Simon Lebon. I wore this cassette out completely. Seeing Rio and Hungry Like the Wolf on MTV was transformative. And I was like 11! The 80s had arrived. Wanna give this a 4 so bad ...

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As far as I remember sexy boy / Simon Le Bon WAS Duran Duran. There were others in the band but somehow he was the only one that mattered. But that was 40 years ago and my mind has turned to mush since then. These days, I spend time trying to mentally separate Tom LaBonge, from Tom Delonge and Simon Le Bon from Cinnabon. Mmmmm.... Cinnabon — yummy, indulgent, sweet and warm. Cinnabon's brother, Simon is everything Cinnabon is but likely a complete and total dick. He seems like the kind of guy that'll park in a handicapped spot, try to screw your girlfriend and your sister at the same time and probably begins sentences with the phrase "Do you know who I am...?' But that voice of his... OMG. Is it possible to extricate that voice from the music and put it in my trousers? On tracks like Save a Prayer and Hold Back the Rain, Lonely in your Nightmare, Le Bon's voice gently blends into the music underneath in absolute perfection. Whomever produced this earned their money. The Wolf song is sexy fun and the others, except for the title track, are good too. All said, Rio is a great album, a composition of strong, sharp baselines, synth-y etherials, some disco drums and that oh so sexy-boy voice. YUM! Be forewarned before listening. Try to control yourself and bring some napkins. Similar to Cinnabon, Simon and his voice could easily leave you feeling weightless with a mess of sugary goo on your hands after you've finished. Four stars.

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While I appreciate the 80s sound, I've never really "got" Duran Duran. This has been a great excuse to listen to the album in its entirety and... I know it's good music but I'll definitely need to listen to it more regularly.

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// Favs: – Score: Light 4

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New Wave Second British Invasion. Duran Duran's second album made them the success they are, and with four hits on the album, it's clear to see why. Great 80's album.

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Some heavy hitting radio hits on this one.

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Spring Break 1983. Love it!

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Understandable why they were so successful for 80s pop. Never loved Duran Duran, but this albums got good flow and indisputably catchy songs, can’t count much against it, other than nothing on the album blows me away

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Unreal album. Great way to get an evening started. Great energy.

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As a child of the 80's this took me right back. Rio was always a favourite Duran Duran song and it's also got Hungry like the Wolf what's not to love.

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pleasantly surprised. it grew on me. pretty solid album overall. 4.5

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Fun and fresh, iconic sounds of the 80s. Rio and Hungry Like A Wolf are the obvious biggest hitters on this album, Save a Prayer was also enjoyable, other songs don't have quite the same impact.

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Hits are hits, but everything else is a bit lackluster. Rounding up because Blue Paul Giamatti

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One of the first non-Beatles albums I ever bought. Still quite a lot of fun

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Très bon album new wave. Honnêtement aggréablement surpris, pas vraiment de moment faible dessus.

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Dromerige New Wave met enkele gekende hits. Kon me wel bekoren

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Very nice shiny pop music. I really enjoyed listening to that!!

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3.5

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I knew a few of the singles off this album of course, but I didn't know the whole album was so great! I really enjoyed this the whole way through. Favorites: Rio, Hold Back the Rain, The Chauffeur

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Reminds me of dead mans party. This is totally what I would listen to as a teen in the 80s.

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solid. nostalgia from my childhood! all the girls loved duran duran

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I never got big into Duran Duran when I was growing up. I will give them big props, their sound is very 80s but it's definitely good at what it does. I was very impressed with the non hits of this one for the most part. They were all very solid... except for the Chauffeur. Yikes. Not sure what they were going for there, but that was a real bad song to end the album with. "Save A Prayer," THAT is an album closer. The Chauffeur felt like a b-side to me. It was a real filler. Kind of left a bad taste in my mouth about the whole album. So I did enjoy it (on the strength of the hit songs I did know), but not as much as I had hoped and I blame that a lot on that last song. It's not very to do that, I guess, but I calls 'em like I sees 'em.

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* very enjoyable

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80s pop. Can’t go wrong.

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Big Sparkes energy - expect to hear their influence all over the 80s now that I've watched the Edgar Wright doc.

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Respect the album, but not for me

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I’ve know a few songs of Duran Duran from the radio, only never took the time to look up an full album. I liked this one, the whole album has a bit the same sound and still a good amount of variety between the songs. Favourite songs: - My own way - Hungry like the wolf - Save a prayer

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Great '80s Band!

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Basic but great

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This is a great album but not perfect; it does get a bit formulaic in parts but you can't deny the greatness of "Rio", "The Chauffeur", and my favorite, "Save a Prayer".

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Solid album. I knew some of the songs but didn’t realize it was Duran Duran. The whole album feels like a concentrated drop of the ‘80s to me. My favorites were Lonely in Your Nightmare and Hungry Like the Wolf.

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Rioooo

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7/10. Better than I expected. Really enjoyed the first half, the B side felt rather weaker though

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Enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. They are a real embodiment of the 80s. Random thought, but the last song "The Chauffeur" has a really cool sound and seems like its just begging for a modern remake with a big drop on the chorus.

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Pretty classic. 4/5.

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A rad runaround of catchiness. So of the better 80s synth music

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That new wave old Duran hits different

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It sounds good but i'm not a huge fan of synth-pop so I was not hooked

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Okay, Duran Duran is definitely a guilty pleasure for me. And it's not that they're BAD...but would I put them on the upper echelon of greatness? Is every track S-tier? Definitely not. Did I enjoy this album more than some albums from huge legendary musicians and bands, though? Hell yeah. What can I say? I have a weakness for 80s synth-pop and danceable shit. It's glossy in a totally delightful way. I defy anyone to not enjoy "Rio" (an underrated karaoke classic) and Hungry Like the Wolf (very tame sexual references by today's standards but probably scandalous at the time to have a lady moaning on the track). Giving this a bonus star for enjoyability. Also because my dad called Duran Duran "boring" and someone's gotta counteract that energy. Take that, dad. :)

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This album is really underrated. Mostly by me. I've gone through a lot of these 80s albums (because I don't like greatest hits packages), looking for little lost gems and usually I get a lot of hard white turds. But in this case, not so. This was a pretty excellent listen and I would do it again, without shame.

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Critics didn't know what to do in regards to Duran Duran. Did they not expect them to be utterly influential to the point of being considered one of the first standard bearers of a nascent music video channel? I don't know about you but this album is a good example of not believing everything you read. Favorites: Rio, Lonely in Your Nightmare, Hungry Like the Wolf, Push Back the Rain, Last Chance on the Subway.

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Made me very Nostalgic for camping with older cousins

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They have one sound but it's a great sound. Everything on this album could be a single but the singles on here are classics

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Great album, has a few big hits that even today still roam the music radios. The synth pop style is not for everyone but I do like it, it puts me in a good mood and makes for an enjoyable listening

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Love the hits

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Was a bit boring..

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Was fine, but thats all - I feel indifferent to it.

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poppy

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Funkier than expected

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The back half of the album was solid - first half was uneven aside from the two well-known hits. I was surprised by how much I liked "Hold Back the Rain" and "New Religion."

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Enjoyed it more than I expected to

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2.7

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This album is ultra gay, but slaps like a mofo

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A very enjoyable record!! Definitely worthy of the list, but it just didn't have what it took to push beyond 3 stars for me!

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Funky, good to listen in the backyard, but nothing extraordinary. The Chauffer, and New Religion highlights for me.

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Pure 80s, some great punchy bass lines.

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Good, but not memorable outside the big hits. Some great new wave sounds, though

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Fun little album. Nothing special, and pretty short, but aight.

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No estoy seguro de cómo clasificar este estilo musical... ¿80’s electropop? Bueno, este disco me parece un buen exponente del género: agradable, positivo, fácil de escuchar. No quisiera opinar mucho más porque sólo conocía otra canción, Come Undone (en mi lista de favoritas, por cierto), pero me parece notable la diferencia en la tecnología utilizada para grabar este disco con la utilizada en aquella canción. Si bien el disco tiene canciones buenas, hay algunas que me parecieron algo monótonas, y por eso no le doy las 4 estrellas.

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Fun 80s bops

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Seminole 80s New Romantic pop. Love the driving, funky bass throughout. Hated these guys in the 80s and for good reason - they had it all.

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Hungry like the wolf was trash as expected. Other songs were a pleasant surprise. The coordination between many of the instruments was excellent. Save a prayer, new religion and my own way were particular highlights.

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3 - nette 80er klänge

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I didn’t listen to much of it wasn’t in that mood 😅

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Fun album. It sounds like summer to me.

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Tras escuchar el disco esperaba mucho más, quitando Rio y Save a Prayer, las demas canciones muy flojitas, un poco sinchistes como dirían en Villaseca. Puntuación 3/5.

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La Duranmania al poder. Quizá no sea un disco pudo de los nuevos románticos pero se puede decir que representa la música pop de la época donde fue editado. Río es una gran canción, con giros en la melodía muy interesantes. Hungry like a Wolf, una canción muy representativa del grupo. Y por supuesto Save a prayer es una de las mejores baladas pop de los 80. Un disco qu sin duda hay que oír 1 y más veces en la vida.

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It’s fine

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A lively 80s pop album with two great hits: Rio and Hungry Like the Wolf. Perfect for catching some energy.

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this is the kind of new wave that I am not crazy about

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A ton of respect for this album, the rock and blues sound was impressive and the moving bass line sounded great.

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A few songs really stood out to me as being enjoyable and meaningful (esp. You're Own Way and Lonely in Your Nightmare), but the rest didn't stick with me.

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it was ok, not my style

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nostalgic. I remember hearing Duran Duran blaring out of my sisters room for many years! Good stufff

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3.3

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Listening to the first track of Rio, my heart sank. The musicianship is such that I can't simply dismiss it with a few insults. I'm going to have to listen to the whole damned thing. The rhythm section of John and Roger Taylor is precise and specific. Whether it's the busy and intricate baselines on the title cut or the slap bass on My Own Way, bassist John Taylor is undeniably competent and has a full, punchy sound. Roger Taylor's grooves are original and so solid they could be carved out of marble. Nick Rhoded' synth washes and arpeggiations aren't slapdash--they're calculated as hell. Guitarist Andy Taylor mostly played a supporting role here: he either plays soaring harmonic lines or plays rhythm. These tunes are arranged within an inch of their lives. As much of a piece as the album is, each individual song is its own distinct entity. Guest artist Andy Hamilton's sax lines may be improvised, but they sound sculpted. I can't even dismiss the songwriting, which is replete with hooks, even on non-hits like the title cut, not to mention the instant earworm of Hungry Like The Wolf, which was inescapable back in the early 80s. And yet, oh how I hate this record! Singer Simon Lebon has the protypical 80s pasty croon down pat. The synths are horrid, and yet they fit this chintzy material like a glove. The sax breaks are nauseatingly wimpy. The whole package strikes me as unbearably insipid. Maybe part of what makes me hates Rio so much is what this kind of music represents to me: mindless consumerism, materialism, fashion over substance, etc. And yet, on its own disgusting terms, Duran Duran's Rio is a roaring success. Excuse me while I vomit.

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A fan of this group

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Ok

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Bit of a weird one cos on paper I should love it but there's something about Duran Duran that I just can't get on board with. Some undoubted classics on this album and it should be a 5star, but I can't tell if it's Le Bon or the seriousness with which they take themselves but I'll have to give it 3 in light of not being able to give it 3.5

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So very 80s

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A few of the songs sounded the same

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Duran Duran delivers an energetic and nostalgic sound with this pop rock album. You can easily dance to this music or simply play it in the background while working on something else.

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Dat Rio bassline doe

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''save a prayer'' has a nice melody, really like that song seems like the album becomes better as it goes on ''the chauffeur'' is very enjoyable

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An 80s staple with lots of singles. Can’t help but sing along.

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Classic 80s stuff

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Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf and the cover art are definitely the standouts here. Mostly enjoyable though.

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The 80s were wild man, with a unique sound. This album is squarely 80s, but in a good way. The prominent bass driven rhythms throughout, like New Religion, are refreshing, and I enjoy them quite a bit. Rio comes alive at the chorus, which is catchy and much better than the rest of the song. I don’t completely understand why, but I have to point out that parts of the bass line in Lonely in Your Nightmare sound like an underwater recording of whales communicating. Hungry Like a Wolf is solid while Save a Prayer is ambling and soulless. I can see how this album put them on the map.

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signature sounds of the 80s in my opinion. All of them are fine songs, but I don't think it's something that I would choose to listen to pretty often.

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So very 80s. A fun album.

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Catchy. Even the weaker songs had something. I really enjoyed it but it's cheesy pop at the end of the day so it can't be more than a 3 from me

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Decent, felt a bit formulaic at times but still a great synthpop-rock record.

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Not my scene. But dig a few songs

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I know hungry like the wolf but never heard the rest. It's pretty catchy and well written. It could definitely be called new wave but it's much better than that. I feel like so often something is listed as new wave here to boost its chances, whereas in this case that label is gonna hold it back. The entire album got a bit samey but I'd happily listen to it again. 3/5.

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Fairly middle of the road (even for new wave). Simon Le Bon does not do it for me, and a fair bit of this album melds into itself. Started to get interesting around The Chauffeur - unfortunately the last track. Choice cuts: Lonely In Your Nightmare, New Religion, The Chauffeur

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Very 80s, not a bad thing just definitely embodies the sound of that decade.

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The songs are catchy, but they're sort of like candy - they taste good but there's no substance. The lyrics are inane if you really listen to them, the melodies simplistic. I don't think this belongs on an albums you must hear before you die list. Not a bad album, but certainly not one of the all-time greats either. 3 stars.

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Vielleicht war das Klangbild zu seiner Zeit visionär / heute durch x-te Verballhornung und Persiflage schwer ernst zu nehmen; kann man dazu anders als American Psycho (ironisch) tanzen? Schlicht-eleganter Ring auf dessen gegen Ende 3 funkelnde Brillanten eingelassen thronen („Last Chance on the Stairway“, „Save a Prayer“ & „The Chauffeur“) Patrick Bateman gibt mehr als 2.8

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Fun album but a little too 80s for my taste

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Hungry like the wolf saves the album

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Me ha gustado bastante Rio y The Chauffeur, el resto está bien pero no me ha emocionado. Así que se queda en 3 estrellas justas.

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I enjoyed it but it seemed very much a cocaine fueled product of its time.

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Fun but didn't love, lyrics weak and lyrics of hungry like the wolf j cringe

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Xxxx

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3.5

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Good, glossy 80s pop. Don't think I'll be putting it back on any time soon though. The singles are definitely the stand out tracks.

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I didn’t realize how groovy the bass was on this album. The Chauffeur was a new track for me and a favorite. I dig DD, but I don’t see myself listening to this end-to-end very often.

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Decent 80s pop, but not much more than that. It has been a minute since I last listened to Duran Duran, but I did recognise some of the singles. The other songs seem rather forgettable.

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Bit of a classic and holds up better than expected.

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Completely Duran ! Not a huge fan but it was listenable. 3*

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I knew Hungry Like the Wolf, but that’s just boring compared to some of the other tracks. The bass lines are especially notable.

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Meh. Ok, and mercifully short, but not great. Hungry like the wolf and save a prayer the best songs, but still no better than average.

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Ochentero. Fácil de escuchar, con buenas melodías. Muy pop inglés

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Duran Duran epitomizes 80s music. Two very well known songs. The other songs are alright.

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Not all the songs are good, but those that are, are very good

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Honestly there are some hidden bangers in this record that a like a lot

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First time going through a Duran Duran album in full. Strangely enough. I think they've got great songs, but I also believe I've enjoyed other bands' covers of them more than I seem to enjoy the real deal. Even so, there's good stuff on here. Doesn't drag on either.

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A couple of stand-out songs - an enjoyable listen, but didn't grip me from start to finish

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Nothing special

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80's pop, hits stand out but still meh. 3.5

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I'm typically a Duran Duran fan, and this album is in the "OK" list. The singles are the best tracks, for sure, but the rest of the album is enjoyable enough. 3 stars.

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Yes I like this. Very 80s.

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Vibeworthy in the first half. *Bender humming Hungry Like the Wolf riff* 5/10

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I'm not sure where I place Duran Duran in the whole New Wave genre. They are not the same caliber as The Cars, Blondie, The Police (to name a few). But then maybe I'm just more partial to the rock side vs. synth side of New Wave. I loved Hungry Like the Wolf from the first time I heard it as a kid. Rio is alright (not as good as its popularity) but I like Hold Back the Rain more. The rest of the album kind of blends together or is forgettable. Even their other big hit, Save a Prayer - meh. It's fine and a nice trip down memory lane but I'm not going back for more.

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I haven't really listened to Duran Duran past "Rio" and "Hungry Like A Wolf". I'm not a huge fan of this style of New Wave, but this album pretty good. Other than the 2 hits, I liked "Save A Prayer" the most. 2.5

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I’ve been hit or miss on their singles over the years. Can’t say I’ve ever front to backed an album of theirs before. It wasn’t packed with bangers but it was okay.

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Звучит хорошо, но однообразно. Скучновато.

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Tongue, Lips, Fangs. I always feel like I need a shower after a session with Duran Duran. Perhaps some therapy, too. And not concerning things exclusively sexual either, although this LP might as well come with a package of condoms tucked in each sleeve. The 'Rio' LP isn’t particularly about women. It’s mostly about the lyricist- which in this case is credited to the entire band- about his/their emotional digression, identically chronicled on both sides. A musically exciting opener- ‘Rio’ and ‘New Religion’- sides one and two, respectively, and we’re dancing across the Rio Grande; and, whatever the fuck is going on in ‘New Religion,’ I never figured it out myself. Great bass and synth, though, and complete with a crazy sax ending on ‘Rio.’ So far, so fun. Then, on the 2nd and 7th tracks we’re introduced to some kind of issue in the lyricists’ relationship, and on the 3rd track of side one his/their desire for the relationship to work. But things take a horrible turn for the worse on tracks 4 and 8, when he/they get as horny as a hungry wolf (‘I’m on the hunt, I’m after you’) and despite the lovely atmospheric music he/they plead, ‘Don’t say a prayer for me NOW. Save it ‘til the morning after.’ Finally, the sad denouement is revealed on ‘Hold Back The Rain.’ This dysfunction will probably continue unabated because the burning fire has somehow become too familiar and, perversely, more comfortable than putting it out. Like the opener of side two, I’m also not entirely sure what’s going on as the LP closes. Some drama being played out, imaginary or actual, between chauffeur and client, possibly a high priced prostitute? And exactly what does the lyric, ‘Sing Blue Silver’ refer to? Stranger still, check out the video for this last song. It only adds to the overall madness of the already awkward sounding music. Don’t be fooled by Duran Duran’s pretty boy looks and casual manner. Appearances can be deceiving. In a 1964 issue of 'Melody Maker,' a question was posed about that primordial pack of British wolves led by Brian Jones: Would You Let Your Daughter Go With A Rolling Stone? Well, if it’s a choice between them or Duran Duran on 'Rio,' I’m going to have to choose a Stone. The Stones merely sang about mayhem. Duran Duran seems to be actually executing it every night. Surely law enforcement and mental health professionals can join forces and arrange some kind of involuntarily committal to psychiatric care both for the band’s own sake and for the welfare of the rest of society. Shame, that bassist sure can play.

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5/10 Falls into the category of music from my parents’ era that my parents don’t particularly enjoy, so I went in with low expectations. Has some catchy songs, hungry like the wolf is good, but every track goes on for way too long and the vocal performance is pretty obnoxious at times

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fun

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This is quintessential new wave music. I don't hate it but I also don't love it. It's missing something that would push it to greater heights. So it just sounds a bit middle of the road to me.

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Fist pump "Cherry ice cream smile" "Mouth is alive, juices like wine" Dense Cosmically funky bass "Droning engine throbs in time with your beating heart" Yeah yeah y yeah AH One-note but fun R I O

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Not bad. Some of the better Duran Duran songs are from this album.

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Fun album with some good songs

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3/27/2022 Today's Album: "Rio" by Duran Duran - This 80s synth record pops off with a very instrumentally exciting and blood-pumping ballad named Rio. It's your typical Toto's Rosanna, meaning it's one of those movie soundtrack songs that popped off in the 80s named after a girl that the lead singer is horny about. Great track, but it's something I've noticed in 80's music that I think is pretty overplayed. However, there is an excellent bass and saxophone solo that really gives this track some shine. The vocalist is also really similar to that Tears for Fears / Billy Idol / Depeche Mode sound that is very popular in this time period as well. The next track My Own Way is a pretty groovy dance track that really shines in it's pre-chorus and has a ton of layered staccato parts that sound really cool all together. This song feels much less repetitive than the last and the band kind of pops off at the end so the repetitiveness of the chorus matters less to me. Hungry Like the Wolf is a huge hit and I can see why. It's a really flashy pop anthem and, despite it's creepy subject matter, I have never really gotten too sick of it. It's hard to point out to many other highlights in this record because it has a very consistent (and somewhat generic) 80s sound, but the highlights I have listed are songs that I felt like broke through the formulaic nature of this LP. Overall, I thought this record was decent and had a lot of energy, but there wasn't a lot new to chew on and I felt like I had heard all of these sounds done before and/or better. Score: 7/10 Alright Highlights: My Own Way, Hungry Like The Wolf, New Religion, The Chauffeur

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Surprisingly I didn't like the album nearly as much as I thought I would have. All in all I still liked it, but I thought I would've rated this much higher. I thought that his voice began to get grating after the first couple songs, and that songs tended to lack punch. Other than that though, I really liked the composition and the sound they were going for, even if it did little for me. Favorite track: Rio

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"This album is...hard white turds." - Craig Moorhead. Harsh, yo! Anywho, yeah I had a good time with this. Certainly the first and only time I've ever listened to the whole thing as, for some reason, I don't believe my brother ever owned this record or else we would've listened to it backwards and forwards in the car on family beach trips. (Like we did with "Purple Rain." My parents are cray.) So all I had to go on is the MTv barrage that was "Rio" and "Hungry Like the Wolf." Those two hold up, but as mentioned there are some other non-turds here that were never on my radar and really add to the experience. I liked "New Religion" even though I don't really like religions, so that was cool. And, tune aside, "The Chauffeur" is a great title for any medium. I'd happily listen again. Taking off a star for all that slappy bass.

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Bättre än jag trodde

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Inte riktigt min grej alltså. Men bra krut!

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Myeah.

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This album was released over 15 years before I was born, but I've heard of it before. 1. Rio - Obviously have heard this one before. First encounter with this song was on Glee - happy to say the original is better. A hit. Saved. 8/10 2. My Own Way - I liked it, but it didn't have the same punch as Rio did. 6/10 3. Lonely in Your Nightmare - Big fan of the melody and instrumentation. Love that main lyric "'Cause you're lonely in your nightmare, let me in". Saved. 7/10 4. Hungry Like The Wolf - Another song I originally heard on Glee. I know Duran Duran were 80s heartthrobs but Darren Criss and Matt Bomer did a pretty good performance of this one, and looked great doing it.... That being said, it's obviously a catchy tune but not my favourite. I loved the guitar at 2:25, though. 7/10 5. Hold Back the Rain - Not my favourite, felt very similar to Hungry Like the Wolf just... less catchy? 5/10 6. New Religion - Really liked this one. Saved. 7/10 7. Last Chance on the Stairway - Liked it. Nice song 8. Save a Prayer - Honestly, this song was too long. I was ready for it to end at the halfway mark. But it's certainly not a bad song, just not one I would seek out again. Great hook, though. 6.5/10. If it was shorter, it'd be a 7. 9. The Chauffeur - I liked that this was different from the other songs of the album (which were getting a bit samey). Cool tune. 7/10 Overall - the bass slaps. No bad songs. Didn't wow me though. Initial response: 3/5 rating

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This was a pretty big deal when it came out so I get why it's on this list. Something I could easily do without though. A couple of pretty cool songs surrounded by by generic 80s synth-pop. Lyrics are a step above but it's still pretty middle of the road. 3.5 stars

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class on grass

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This is mainstream new wave, nothing more than well-crafted pop music with a beat and a sax solo here and there. (6/10) FT: Hungry Like The Wolf

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Genre: New Romantic 3/5 Duran Duran's best album, Rio, is just fine, but at the same time features some of the biggest and best rock singles of the decade: the title track, Rio, and, probably DD's biggest song, Hungry Like the Wolf. Opening the album with the title track is a tremendous way to start it, and personally I think Rio is their best song. The quality of the chorus, the disco arrangment is catchy and upbeat, and Simon Le Bon's passionate vocal is very well done. Hungry Like the Wolf, a classic, is also fairly good in its own right. Bouncy, sexy, and fun. However, beyond that, Duran Duran doesn't give us very much. The disco feel and new wave gloss is there throughout, but it's not very interesting. The last half of the album is just fairly bland synthpop with nothing much to offer. The one bizarre moment in this album was following up Hungry Like the Wolf with Hold Back the Rain, two songs played back-to-back that sound almost exactly alike. Took me out of the album a bit. Overall, though, the album is inoffensive new wave/pop rock that definitely has a couple of very good songs.

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Wolf is one of my favourite songs and one of the most iconic of the 80s, but the rest of the album, aside from its unique production, fails to produce another memorable song. The production and layering of the vocals also becomes quite irritating by the end. Not a bad album, but certainly is lacking to be considered a great.

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I enjoyed this, slick, of its time, cover is the most 80s thing I can imagine, and of course tinge of nostalgia

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Quite repetitive, most songs sounded the same

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Nah. Best track: The Chauffeur

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Very 80s I'll hear the hits everyonce and a while.

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Fav Song: Hungry Like a Wolf

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I confess that if I hear a Duran Duran song in a well constructed 80's nostalgia movie scene, than I'm all up for it. I could not enjoy it this way.

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I mean it’s 80s synth pop

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Qué aburrido es el New Wave ochentero. Mucha exageración en su instrumentación y efectos, letras aburridas, etc. Este no es la excepción, de hecho es quizá el epítome. Me llama también la atención lo feo de la portada y cómo esa estética se hizo lo más común.

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pues están buenos los singles no? pensé que iba a estar un poco mejor por que conozco gente de 45-48 que le gusta muy cabrón y sigue siendo su banda preferida. Le doy el 2 cerrado solo por que Elin estuvo bailando y haciendo los instrumentos del sinte.

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Really not a fan. This is my least favorite album so far.

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Oh the sounds of the 80s.

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Most of these songs sound the same. Hungy Like the Wolf is still good though

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No le pude poner mucha atención 2.5

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Muy experimental

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Too much noise

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Favorite track:Hungry Like the Wolf, favorite musician: Drummer. I felt at times they could have gone higher or lower to gain more depth. But lots of Duran Duran follows after this album, so who am I to critique an oldie but goodie.

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Meh.

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Didn't have a chance to write up a full review. Enjoyed listening to this, great energy, might return at some pint.

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First word to describe this album, it’s ecstatic. It’s like a new wave wall of synthesized sound. With the first track your thrust into the frenetic tempos and layers of sound. The singing and chorus work to bring it back to earth. Like Dusty Springfield abd the Smith’s before it though, this album feels like a package of good songs surrounding that banger hit in the middle, Hungry Like the Wolves, which shows more balance, a better hook and chorus and harmonies holding it together. I liked this album but felt that it was missing what I love about new wave, the post punk and pre rock minimalism and exploration of ennui. Track 3 starts with the post punk I’m looking for then builds to return to the ecstatic synth wall. I found the digital drums effects and dominating bass annoying, showing the albums age. There is really only two songs not super up tempo. Last song is dope, it goes where I want this album to go and scratches my new wave/post punk itch. Shows where new wave can go. Shows what elements were retained andwhich were cast aside. The annoying and thrumming pervasive baseline is nowhere to be found. I prefer the minimalism here to the maximalism that takes center stage on the rest of the album. It’s proto modern electric indy and I wish there was more. Though I will say, I had a great time listening through it and wished I had leg warmers, hair spray and a brightly colored Walkman to accompany it. PS, big fan of the album art.

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Hungry like the wolf? I can’t really hang. Incredible production no doubt.

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Flimsy, fun but forgettable pop-rock. The new wave sound is here, but basically stripped of most of the coiled energy I find enjoyable in new wave music. "Hungry Like the Wolf" is pretty good, but the title track offsets it by being so annoying. 2.5

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It was alright

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Allergic to Duran duran

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I can’t unhear the saxophone now...

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Well, I'm not sure quite where to fall on this one. "Rio" is awful. I thought "Hungry Like a Wolf" was better for the first half, but by the end was quite sick of it. There are a few decent tracks though, mostly the ones that put more focus on the guitar and bass. (I'm beginning to think I'm really not a big fan of 80s music!)

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I feel like I should have something to say about this album, but I don't.

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Ist mir etwas zu einseitig, muss ich zugeben. Hedonistisch, pumpend, aber irgendwie nicht raffiniert genug. Zu kokainig, ich glaube das könnte ein treffender Ausdruck sein. 2,5

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Recognised few of the tracks, seems to have their big ones on. Rio, Hungry Like The Wolf, Save A Prayer. Not really my bag though, I like the songs to the extent that they're classics but I never have been a massive fan other than that. As an album it wasn't anything special. 2/5

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Aside from a few tracks with a groove (Hold Back the Rain), there’s an artifice to the sound of Duran Duran, principally conveyed through the nasty synths and drum sounds

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Конечно мне нравится дух такой музыки, но альбом не понравился, не интересный депешмод какойто

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Not my cup of tea. Too much disco disco.

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Ouff, ca a ne sonrte prope. Beaucoup de drum machine? Pas certain. La deuxième partie de l’album était plus pénible à écouter car un peu repeTitif. 2.75

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80s pop trash. 2 songs i vibed with, though.

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Качественный поп 80x с заметным влиянием синти-попа, с интересными звуковыми эффектами. Ребята на стиле, снимали крутые клипы для того времени. Больше всего из треков зашел Lonely In Your Nightmare, но в целом музыкально не моё.

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Generic dance music, repetetive

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dated **** that is no fun anymore, except for an old Bond movie

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Obviously the hits are part of popular culture so they stood out. Otherwise quite samey.

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I liked New Religion and The Chauffeur. Apart from that, it was nice listening to an album from the New Romantics wave ^^

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Oh Dear, What can I say, My wife of 36 years was a Spandau fan so the Duranies never got a look in in my house! Big Simon and the boys were obviously good at their jobs and the image worked for them in the '80's but in terms of longevity and musical prowess I would always stick with Tony Hadley, The Brothers Kemp et al. Not one in my collection but I suppose that "Rio" & " Hungry Like the Wolf" have some credit. don't think this is one for my top 1000!

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Njaaaaaaaäa

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I knew this one mostly by the cover, so was happy to hear several songs I already knew. That said, they've already largely faded from my mind. Lots of love for the genre, but this album feels like but a necessary step in its history.

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Huge pop album back in the day. The detritus of the disco era. Not my favorite, but ok. I liked the bass on “New Religion”. 2.5 and rounding down.

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I liked it

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Not a big fan of new wave.

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Rio and Hungry Like The Wolf are both good. Everything else sort of ran together. This was fine.

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It’s hard to believe I used to love this band, I must have listened to this record a thousand times when it first released. I even had a nice Patrick Nagel print hanging in my bedroom. But now I find Simon Lebon’s voice annoying AF and the arrangements very cheesy, esp that 80’s sax, ugh. They only song that I still like is Save a prayer because it’s the least formulaic sounding. The other new wave pop groups of the era did better work and don’t sound nearly as dated now, eg OMD, The Cure, Tears for Fears, The The etc.

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I only knew the 2 hits, which I wasn't too crazy about, something about the yachts and the hairdos in the videos maybe. The rest is pretty bland and commercial 80s synth-pop. They owe a lot to MTV.

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Embarrassed Embarrassed. When I have had the original vinyl of an album that has been sent by the App, I have stated this with a sense of pride. I knew it was just a matter of time until I would prefer that nobody knew.

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I know Duran Duran only by reputation and I was expecting much more from this album. In the end, it's just a boring new wave.

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Good fun, feels a little too nostalgic to listen comfortably

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The music is just okay, it doesn't do anything to excite me or want to listen to it again. Hungry like the wolf is the best song on the album.

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Maybe you had to be there. For someone like me how doesn't really have much nostalgia for the 80s, it's just too pop and 80s electronic drums and keyboards for me.

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Not totally bad but damn those 80’s sounds

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Never liked the new romantics, as a young lefty I thought it was mostly escapist, vacuous, synthetic nonsense. 40 years later and while my toe is tapping to Rio and Hungry like the wolf, I can't say I have warmed much to Duran Duran. Not for me

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Rubbish.

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Overproduced synthpop with no discernable difference among tracks. Rubbish

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Nooo

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Nah. Don't like it. 80s soft rock sucks.

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1.5 | No todo el pop de los 80s era así de malo, en esta lista ya hemos tenido a Pet Shop Boys que sin ser maravillosos eran mejor que esto; sin contar que más en el estilo que usa DD están bandas con música mucho mucho mejor como Japan o Roxy Music. Quizá se oye exagerado el primer enunciado, si hay un par de cosas rescatables, los dos sencillos que sonaron tanto y siguen sonando como clásicos ahora en la radio son buenos, canciones pegajosas, con música bien hecha y cumplen muy bien su función. El problema es que son las dos canciones rescatables de todo el disco. El resto de las canciones son totalmente indistintas (al grado que no se da uno cuenta si cambió la canción o incluso si ya acabó el disco) e iguales a cientos y cientos de canciones de bandas de la época. Musicalmente no es malo pero simplemente se siente como la versión para las masas de otras bandas que hacían música mucho más interesante con sintetizadores. Lástima de verdad que no escribieran buenas canciones. La razón # 1 para escuchar este álbum fuera de que a alguien le gusten los sencillos sería el sonido del bajo, y no hay razón 2... eso sería todo. Incluso "Rio", hoy ya como un clásico del pop, contiene la frase realmente idiota "it means so much to me, like a birthday or a pretty view". Es un disco que rara vez se eleva por encima del promedio, a pesar del atisbo instrumental desaprovechado que se muestran. 0.5 Extra por el potencial musical y dos canciones decentes.

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Not great. Rio has this weird mixture of sultry somewhat aggressively creepy verses followed by the up-beat chorus, made me feel just... uncomfortable. After that, Hungry Like a Wolf is good but nothing else stood out. Most songs sounded extremely similar bar the last 2-3

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Couldn't lower myself to listen the crap that this band haemorrhaged.

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What a load of shit

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Не понравился вообще

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Garbage

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Totalt ointressant för mina öron

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Almost want this on my best albums just for the cover. But the music really bores me. Judging only the 9 first songs on the original album, this is a 1 The deluxe version adds so much good stuff, and actually makes the songs good, I can't comprehend why the difference is so big. "My Own Way" - Manchester Square Demo and "The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)" - Early Version are really good, but the originals are just straight trash.

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Hated Duran Duran in the 1980s. Hate Duran Duran now.

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absolutely not

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It’s not you it’s me

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not behd

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