When I first heard that Duran Duran had scrapped a completed album that had been billed as a return to their new wave roots in favor of trendy Timbaland and Justin Timberlake collaborations, I was ready to stick a fork in the band, as I’ve been tempted to do on more than one occasion over the years. Ok, ever since Warren Cuccurullo was made a permanent member. I fully supported founding guitarist Andy Taylor’s second departure as a result of such transparently careerist decisions. But, out of morbid curiosity, I checked out the stream of the band’s new single “Nite Runner” at Entertainment Weekly, and, much to my surprise, it’s really not half bad. You can hear the Timbaland influence all over it, but it sounds daring and claustrophobic and kind of subversive. It’s by far the best thing the band has done in ages, laying to absolute waste 2004’s much touted reunion record, Astronaut, which suffered from too much pleasantry and positivity to dig its heels in properly. Duran Duran might actually get on the radio again with this and sound damn-near cutting edge while they’re at it.
Duran Duran "Nite Runner" stream- not just for fatties anymore
Posted August 12th, 2007 by Eric Greenwood · 17 Comments