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Duran Duran

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TomIt may have taken 21 years to get a new album from Duran Duran's original lineup, but it took the five members only 24 hours to decide to get back together. The group's new Epic album, "Astronaut," is the first from the original lineup since 1983's "Seven and the Ragged Tiger."

"Astronaut" reunites lead singer Simon LeBon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, guitarist Andy Taylor, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor (the Taylors are unrelated). For "Astronaut," the lineup learned how to experiment more, LeBon says. "There's less manic fighting for air time on this album."

The set stays true to Duran Duran's style of mixing rock, dance and pop, from the sci-fi atmospheric title track to the carefree "Taste the Summer" and the hopeful "What Happens Tomorrow." The first single is the anthemic "(Reach Up for the) Sunrise."

Andy Taylor says the biggest differences between Duran Duran now and when he was in the band in the 1980s are "the pace and balance. When we were younger, we didn't have time to sit back and really enjoy our success. Now we know how to handle it better."

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