POP

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

YOU’D be for­given if at first lis­ten you didn’t re­alise that the heavy whip of deep bass and the pinched vo­cals are com­ing from 1980s pop gods Du­ran Du­ran, pri­mar­ily be­cause Red Car­pet Mas­sacre sounds more like a generic dance mash- up than the band’s ear­lier work. Pro­ducer Tim­ba­land, the man cred­ited with res­ur­rect­ing Nelly Fur­tado’s ca­reer, helped re­vamp the Du­ran sound, push­ing aside the neon- drenched pop that made them fa­mous. Try­ing to keep it fresh with­out com­pletely aban­don­ing their orig­i­nal sound, they wel­come a mood­ier, more heav­ily syn­the­sised dance feel, with Si­mon Le Bon’s voice treated to within an inch of its life. If you’re an old faith­ful and ex­pect to hear a pumped- up, mod­ernised ver­sion of Rio you’ll be slightly dis­ap­pointed. Like a mid­dle- aged mum in a night­club, some­thing about them sound­ing like Justin Tim­ber­lake clones is dis­con­cert­ing, if not odd. Skin Divers echoes the band’s hip pre­rog­a­tive with its pound­ing beats and af­ter- dark am­bi­ence. It could have made its way on to Tim­ber­lake’s latest album. He makes it on to this one, adding a few whispy back­ing vo­cals on the track Nite Run­ner . Red Car­pet Mas­sacre Du­ran Du­ran SonyBMG

Natasha Lee

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