Duran Duran Party Like It’s 1989 on Guest-Filled ‘Paper Gods’: Album Review

Duran Duran
Album Review
3.5
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<p>These are fabulously phony times, and that’s just fine with <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjTp_S69YDIAhVMcj4KHaOeAaU&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.billboard.com%2Fartist%2F301386%2Fduran-duran%2Fchart&amp;usg=AFQjCNEybz9vct7yBFFAhZGjf_NqD4n93Q&amp;sig2=7tazsVtaZfcQUlrwj6hiww&amp;bvm=bv.102829193,d.cWw">Duran Duran</a>. On their 14th studio album, Britain’s original bubble-gum post-punk heartthrobs note, and even revel in, the absurdity, celebrating the moment with futuristic disco-melters like “Last Night in the City” and “Dancephobia.” The latter features Lindsay Lohan as --&nbsp;get this --&nbsp;a doctor; if not for Janelle Monae and guitarist/co-producer Nile Rodgers, who help Duran get <a href="http://www.billboard.com/artist/300085/daft-punk/chart">Daft Punk</a>y on “Pressure Off,” the embattled starlet might win best-guest honors. Elsewhere, British producer/<a href="/artist/276709/kanye-west/chart">Kanye West</a> collaborator Mr. Hudson (credited throughout) creates a sinister hip-hop feel on “You Kill Me With Silence,” and ex-<a href="/artist/364771/red-hot-chili-peppers/chart">Red Hot Chili Peppers</a> guitarist <a href="http://www.billboard.com/artist/304941/john-frusciante/chart">John Frusciante</a> (present on three tracks) adds psych-rock whine to the <a href="http://www.billboard.com/artist/303080/grandmaster-flash/chart">Grandmaster Flash</a> bump of “Butterfly Girl.” “Hey,” sings still-suave frontman Simon Le Bon on “Sunset Garage,” a gleaming synth-soul standout. “We’re still alive!” In this age of frivolity, Duran Duran is straight-up thriving.</p><p><em>This article originally appeared in the <a href="http://shop.billboard.com/products/billboard-back-issue-volume-127-issue-28">Sept. 26 issue of Billboard</a>.</em></p>