So Red The Rose at 35 Nov 25, 2020 0:49:37 GMT -5 via mobile errbt, mediterranea, and 1 more like this
Post by Skinburn on Nov 25, 2020 0:49:37 GMT -5
For me it's impossible to over-rate So Red The Rose as it's a sublime album to my ears. Same goes for The Chauffeur, which always remains my favourite song by any artist.
I'd have given you Secret Oktober as being over-rated, but then it got reworked for live performances in the 90s and that brought it to a whole new level. That version on the Latest and Greatest Tour should have been put down on vinyl. Can I say "sublime" again?
For me Election Day is the great lost Duran Duran single, criminally overlooked because it was by the forgotten Arcadia instead of DD. I'd have controversially stuck it on Decade. In honour of So Red The Rose's 35th Anniversary I stuck the vinyl on loud and proud, and Election Day sounded deep and lush to kick-start the album.
Election Day - Tuneless and hookless. How it was deemed worthy of first single, I will never, never know. I'll just assume Duran Duran were testing the waters in releasing the worst track first, sadly something they were to achieve numerous times in the future.
Beautiful and haunting - every time it comes on it holds me and mesmerises me. Reminds me of when my wife lived in South Africa before we married.
Missing - Puts me to sleep. Please wake me when it's over.
It works for me - lack of space meant we get the abridged version instead of the full track, but it sets the scene for that dreamy second side of SRTR.
Rose Arcana - Come on guys, you're just taking the piss now. There are only nine tracks on the record in the first place, and one of them has to be a waste of time 50 second instrumental?
Lady Ice - See my "Missing" review - it's just as bad.
And that beautifully closes that dreamy second side of SRTR.
Nothing skippable there for me - it's nine tracks of class. And I get why you feel the vibe is perhaps slower-paced than you would expect from a Duran album as I would agree with that overall - but that's down to the balance of tracks on the album rather than the individual tracks themselves - any of them would fit quite well on a Duran album of that vintage.
That is why I believe SRTR to be over-rated - there is just too much skippable stuff on there.
‘Missing’ - that’s incredibly private stuff. Thanks for sharing a very powerful and emotive paragraph.
I found Arcadia a welcome change to DD in all honesty - a welcomed rest from all the crazy hysteria that followed the band. I do remember people at the time not knowing who Arcadia was.