Very good album indeed. Songs I really appreciate still are Being followed, Too bad you’re so beautiful, Girl Panic, and several of the bonus tracks. The title track is mwa, and never got the Leopard hype (that’s a skip track for me, always has been).
I do give them credit for at least trying something different...they would never have put a song like Leopard on the risk-adverse, play it safe Astronaut album, for example...
But otherwise, I don’t get the hype, either. It’s not a bad song, and admittedly it was even better live, but I’d probably rank 6 or 7 AYNIN tracks ahead of it.
Sorry, I do know that Wally Badarou played keys on both Power Station albums and I was confusing/conflating him with guitarist Gerry Laffy I guess. Speaking of which...maybe that IS Gerry Laffy in the video? He's played guitar on Duran demos in the past as well as with JT on his solo stuff, hasn't he?
My first thought was Nick Hodgson, the drummer from Kaiser Chiefs who co-wrote Too Bad You're So Beautiful...
Hodgson worked with Duran Duran for "five or six hours", writing three songs together. "One is quite rocky, one is more Italo disco," Ronson said. "Two of them I would definitely say are making the record."
Fantastic album. I consider it their best since Notorious, and perhaps even a little better than that for me.
I remember first listening to it and for the first several tracks thinking, "ok, this is pretty good". I thought Blame the Machines and Being Followed were particularly good. But once Girl Panic hit, everything after that was brilliant for me.
Really the only so so tracks for me are Leave a Light On and Safe, and maybe Before the Rain.
The absolute best out of the album for me, ranking them up as high as anything from the first two: Girl Panic, TMWSAL, Mediterranea and Runway Runaway.
Heard them tell a story of Mad Old Jim / Found him in his cabin with his head caved in / Waiting out the winter was a little too much for him
AYNIN is their best album since 7ATRT. I cranked my vinyl copy over the weekend just to remind myself. Ronson is the best thing that could have happened to this band and I wish they did more with him...
Deffo one of their best, still sounds fresh, glad it's on Spotify!
I HATE the fact that those 1990s records are not on Spotify!! BOOO!!! (Is Warren C. the primary reason for this-?)
As for this album, it's very strong and has the necessary "landmark" track (Leopard) which elevates it to something special.
What I particularly like about this album, as a whole, is that it just seems to be a DD album by a band fully confident and comfortable with itself and its legacy. By contrast "Paper Gods" seems to strain too hard for contemporary hit-making relevance, unfortunately.