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Rio

Duran Duran

1982

Rio

Album Summary

Rio is the second studio album by English band Duran Duran, originally released worldwide on 10 May 1982. It reached number two in the United Kingdom and number one in Australia and Canada. It produced several worldwide hit singles including the title track, "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save a Prayer", all of which charted in the UK top 10 and US top 20. The album was remixed and re-released in the United States in November 1982. It peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US on 12 March 1983 and remained on the chart for 129 weeks. It earned a gold disc on 1 March 1983, and was certified platinum on 26 April 1983, eventually reaching double platinum status.

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Rating

3.44

Votes

5528

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Pop
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Sun Feb 14 2021
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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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

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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Mon Jan 18 2021
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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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

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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Sun Feb 14 2021
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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Mon Oct 05 2020
5

Excellent New Wave album

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Mon Nov 30 2020
5

One of my favorites. 5/5

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Thu Jan 14 2021
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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Mon Jan 18 2021
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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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

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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Mon Jan 10 2022
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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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 04 2022
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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Sat Feb 27 2021
3

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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Mon Dec 27 2021
2

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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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

Annoyingly catchy 80's pop. No thanks.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

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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Fri Mar 19 2021
1

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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Mon Jan 24 2022
1

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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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

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

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Tue Jan 26 2021
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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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

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

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Fantastic. Classic. So Good.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Killer 80s music.

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Sat May 22 2021
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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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Really love this album!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
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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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Got some classics and all around a pretty good album

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Guay

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Es uno de mis álbumes favoritos

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Mon May 10 2021
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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Tue May 25 2021
5

Classic

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Sun May 23 2021
5

oh how i love this album.

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Wed May 19 2021
5

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

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Sun May 30 2021
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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Sat Aug 21 2021
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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Sat Sep 25 2021
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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Sat Sep 25 2021
5

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

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

A classic

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Elsk. Allt er gott.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Dynamic sounds, absolute bops

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

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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Sat Oct 16 2021
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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Tue Oct 19 2021
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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Thu Oct 28 2021
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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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

Bangers all the way 10/10

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Super nice 80s album. Felt at home right away

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

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

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

не ну прям очень хорошо, приятно и красиво

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Mon Jan 03 2022
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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Thu Jan 06 2022
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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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Legendary 80s album. Still holds up.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

John Taylor - a god amongst men.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

definitivamente dançande e muuuito anos 80

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Nostalgico, mas alto astral.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
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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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Quintessential British new-wave

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Sun Apr 03 2022
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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Sat Apr 30 2022
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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Fri May 20 2022
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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Thu May 26 2022
5

05/25/2022 Super fun from start-to-finish. An absolute blast to listen to!

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Amazing as always

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

Released just after my 18th birthday - FOURTY YEARS AGO. But it feels like yesterday to me. A solid album, with great melodies and - as always - solid bass lines. Already part of my collection.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

my favorite band as a kid, my Roxy Music! lots of bangers on here, live version of The Chauffeur pips it but otherwise pretty awesome for a "boy band"

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Very briefly: Duran Duran popped up and I thought to myself: Ah yes, a nice 3* album, just the standard 80s. I was so terribly wrong, I think this is an incredible album. I really had no idea anymore. How did I dismiss this all these years as 'just another 80's band' The bass, the melodies, everything on this album is just right. I'm not skipping a song. Personal Favorites: My Own Way and New Religion 4.5*

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

The perfect 80s synth-pop-funk album. Not enough credit is given to bassist, John Taylor, whose funky bass lines make this album & much of DD's catalog more than lip gloss pop. Rio sits on my top 20, and is the perfect listen start to finish. The Chauffeur is haunting & sultry, and the video is film noir erotica. I adore this album. 5/5.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

Inch perfect pop music.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

My mate Alan Eaglecock and I used to piss on eachother whilst miming along to Duran Duran. HIS NAME IS ALAN AND HE PISSES ON MY FACE. Those hot summer nights and delicious golden showers, what an innocent time it was.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Perfect album.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Rio is one of the greatest album openers of the 80’s. The energy, the composition…. THE SAXOPHONE…. Jesus! The songwriting is beyond great, Le Bon sounds amazing and the band plays their hearts out. I almost cried due to the sheer emotions on display in Save a Prayer. It’s worth noting that ⅗ of the band is surnamed Taylor. Without being related. A British band if there ever was one!

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Brilliant, classic slice of 80s new wave

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

One of my absolute favorite albums. The memories this brings back are priceless, but some of these songs that were not overplayed on the radio in the 80s are now also some of my favorites. I especially love “The Chauffeur.” 10/10

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

such a fun and cohesive production, instant favourite

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Absolutely love this and will listen to it so much more now!!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Ya gotta love it

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Solid pop rock record. No skips.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Great album! Delicious 80s pop

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Badass, cool, energetic, awesome riffs and power chords, rhythmic supporting drums, a sexy obligatory 80s sax part, over-the-top sci-fi synths, and plenty of hits to sing and dance to. This has it all. This album justifies New Wave's existence and prevalence as the pop music of the early 80s, being super accessible and consistent (no obligator ballads or other bullshit), maintaining a momentum to the very two last introspective chill tracks. It's engaging and interesting, with plenty of interesting sounds and painted atmospheres to focus on yet never repeating used tricks (thank god they abused what synths were capable of). They really nail down pop song structures, full of hooks with plenty of exciting changes to look forward to, and always leaving me satisfied, which is incredible considering the songs have an average runtime of 4.5 minutes. The greatest strength of this album is it having 9 tracks... you can tell they really roughed out the edges on each one. None of them were forgettable. Why it got negative reviews when it first released, my only clue is the hatred of the over-saturation of New Wave. But I wouldn't dismiss this one. All fantastic tracks, accessible for anyone, and fun from start to finish every time.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

this album astonished me. it definitely exceeded my expectations. i had heard some tracks before, but those that i hadn’t blew me away!

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

10/10

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Amazing album. Still as current as it was then.every song a winner

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Si no te da ganas de bailar Durán Durán no entendés nada. Alto disco

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Jeez I love it Right up my alley, forgot how many hits they have in one album Madness

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Yesterday when reviewing the 80s album from The Go-Betweens I wrote “there are many other albums in this style I’d rather be listening to.” The band I had in mind when I wrote that was Duran Duran. Rio is their masterpiece. I don’t think I’ve listened to this album in its entirety since the 80s. The musical talent on display is incredible. “Rio” is such an absolutely brilliant opening to the album. It leaves no doubt that this is going to be an exciting ride! “Hungry Like the Wolf” is my all-time favorite Duran Duran song. I clearly remember the first time I heard this song. My mom and I were in the car and it played on the radio and I instantly became a huge Duran Duran fan. The song is exhilarating from the incredible opening giggle to the closing moans. It still gives me goosebumps! “Save a Prayer” deserves a place as one of the greatest songs of the 80s. It’s quite unique, haunting and beautiful! On this listen the consistent quality of the rest of the album really struck me: “My Own Way”, “Hold Back The Rain”, “New Religion”, “Last Change on the Staircase” (hooray for a marimba solo!). While we’re at it, I've got no good reason to overlook “Lonely in Your Nightmare” and “The Chauffeur”… every song on this album is worthy of Rio’s perfect, iconic cover art! I love this album!

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

This album is great! I. LOVE. EVERY. SONG. Do you hear the bass? Amazing! Here are some stories about Duran Duran. 1. I have relatively recently had a dream wherein I was running around an indoor flea market singing the "You make me feel alive, alive, alive!" part of the title track repeatedly at the top of my lungs. 2. When the album came out, there were families that had MTV and families that did not. Mine did not and this created a particular kind of desperation in me for music videos. At a party at the home of one of my dad's work colleagues, the kids all shuffled into the living room, where the host's kids were watching TV, the oldest daughter controlling the remote. She clicked on MTV where the video for Rio was starting but said, "oh, I've seen this" and clicked away and I died a little inside and still remember it a full 40 years later. 3. I have a friend who tells the tale of decorating a Christmas cookie in 1983 with the name Duran Duran and her mother storming out of the kitchen and proclaiming with complete sincerity, "Christmas is ruined!" I think that is very funny.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

I never jumped on the Duran Duran fan-wagon. Not that I had any issues with them…I just never caught the wave. As such, I have never listened to a Duran Duran album in its entirety…at least not that I can recall. This was a blast!!! No track disappointed.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

The overwhelming feeling that this album brought to me was how much I loved watching MTV in the early 80s. Now, I had to go to friend's house to watch, but watch I did and it all came back to me. Because of MTV, many of these songs came with visual memories as well. It was so much fun to listen to this whole album! I know that part of my joy at listening to his was feeling like I'm 14 again, but I'm okay with that. It's still great pop music.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

This was my gateway drug to the wonders of the New Wave movement. Upon further reflection, this thing is about as New Wave as Lil Nas X is country. The sheer disco-funk of this album is shining though. So much on this album to love and I think Rio is the most balanced musical composition for quintet that I’ve ever heard, bar none. Come fight me about it. Lastly, The Chauffeur is a criminally-underrated track that almost bridges the gap between pop New Wave and alternative goth artists of the era. I adore this album. It’s in my desert island collection, and if I’m allowed one album, then it is my desert island music selection.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

good

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

I have this one on vinyl, I feel like Duran Duran gets a bad rap for being poppy 80s music but they were absolute masters at getting songs stuck in your head. I love 80s music so I'm biased but this is a great one. Obviously Rio and Hungry Like The Wolf are the most well-known songs here, but Lonely in your Nightmare and Save a Prayer are severely underrated.

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Mon Oct 19 2020
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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Tue Oct 20 2020
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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Thu Dec 17 2020
4

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

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Fri Dec 25 2020
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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Fri Nov 06 2020
4

Great album

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Wed Dec 23 2020
4

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Full of his, but rather hollow outside of the singles

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Fri Jan 22 2021
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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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
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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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 18 2021
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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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Great. Love a bit of Duran Duran

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Wed Jan 13 2021
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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Tue Jan 19 2021
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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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Great

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Fri Feb 19 2021
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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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Favorite song: Rio

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Sun Jan 17 2021
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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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Creo que decir que este disco es ochenterísimo es entender las cosas al revés. Los 80s son Durandurancísimos y este disco lo prueba. Save A Prayer fue mi favorita, Hungry Like the Wolf y Rio destacan, lo demás no resaltó mucho más, sin embargo, el sonido de la banda es excelente y el disco se siente completo, bien balanceado y definitivamente quiero escuchar más de ellos.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Overall impressive. I liked the theatricality in some of the tracks. Got a bit predictable and samey sounding after a while but still quite pleasant.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

AND IM HUNGRY LIKE THE WOOOLLFFF

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

miesi bangers si uf jede druff

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Mon Jan 18 2021
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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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Good

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Classic Synth-Pop/New Romantic, truly enjoyable!

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

3.5

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

9

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
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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Mon Jan 18 2021
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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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Solid 80s Vibes throughout, very classic

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Wed Jan 20 2021
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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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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

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Sat May 22 2021
4

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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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

THE definitive Duran Duran album!

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 15 2021
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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Wed Mar 03 2021
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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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

yes sam

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

very very 80s

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Sun Feb 14 2021
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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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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

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Sun Jan 10 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Ace

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

good!

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Slick as hell, with a lot of sick bass lines

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

i liked tis one FT: 4

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

very groovy😁

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Great album with some big hits

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Sat May 08 2021
4

oldie but goldie

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Sun May 23 2021
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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Wed May 12 2021
4

Interesting music Quick drums 4/5

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Sun May 09 2021
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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Wed Jul 14 2021
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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Tue Jun 08 2021
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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Tue Jun 08 2021
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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Sun May 23 2021
4

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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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

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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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

// Favs: – Score: Light 4

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

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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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Some heavy hitting radio hits on this one.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Spring Break 1983. Love it!

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

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

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

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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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

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

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

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

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

3.5

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

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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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

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

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

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

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

* very enjoyable

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

80s pop. Can’t go wrong.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Respect the album, but not for me

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Great '80s Band!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Basic but great

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

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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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Rioooo

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Had a couple slow downs but pretty groovy overall. 7/10

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

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

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

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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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

Pretty classic. 4/5.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

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

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

That new wave old Duran hits different

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

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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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

Made me very Nostalgic for camping with older cousins

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Mon May 02 2022
4

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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Mon May 09 2022
4

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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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Okay some good quality 80’s pop music i’am down with that… The album opens with some short “ creepy noises” that quickly go into the albums title track ( Rio) it’s a very poppy track one that I recognise the chorus though and that sax solo is cool so it’s a good song. My own way is a great blend of pop/rock sounds having these thunderous drumming alongside a guitar that comes in every now and then covered by a lush wave of synth, I think the chorus is a bit much but it’s still good. Lonely in your nightmare is an ever so slightly slower track that is more guitar led than the others ( well in the verses at least) the chorus is also cool with the overlapping vocals. Hungry like the wolf I recognise perfectly it’s essentially one of the most 80’s songs of all. Great guitar work, great synth work and somehow all the “ doo do do’s” fit perfectly! Hold back the rain is really well built again the guitars and synth combo really makes it but this songs chorus is so epic good song. Starting off side two is new religion, a slow and blissful track at its start but then forms into a rather solid pop song the best bits are the bass line and the overlapping vocals before the chorus. Very underrated. Last chance on the stairway is alright it doesn’t really go to the over the top heights that the 6 songs before it went but it’s not bad. Save a prayer is apparently the highest charting of the singles but this is the only one one of them I didn’t recognise ( as the song progressed I kinda got reminded of it more ). I personally that it would probably be better with more organic pianos maybe being some soft slow song before the end. But I still enjoy it the overlaying vocals on the chorus sound amazing creates an epic feel. The album ends with the chauffeur quite a left turn for the album it’s really gloomy and creepy then there’s an ocarina solo that brings it together. Good stuff, the only real fault is that side two doesn’t quite live up to side one but I still like it.

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