Paper Gods

Paper Gods

by Duran Duran


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With the cover art for Paper Gods, Duran Duran cheekily revisit icons of their past: the smile of Rio, the cap of the "Chauffeur," girls on film, and a prowling tiger. Thirty years in, Duran Duran are comfortable enough to play with their past, comfortable enough to draw an explicit connection to their back pages by hiring Nile Rodgers -- who helmed Notorious back in the day -- to do a bit of production alongside Mark Ronson, the hitmaker who gave the group a refurbishment on 2010's All You Need Is Now. Most of the record, however, bears credits either by Mr. Hudson or Josh Blair, two younger musicians who help give Paper Gods a bit of a contemporary glint. While there are nods at the '80s and even the '90s arriving in the form of samples, synthesizers, and power ballads, Paper Gods is an aggressively modern album, living in the oversaturated world where emojis and gifs battle in perpetual motion. Whenever Duran Duran seem slick and savvy -- i.e, when they bring Janelle Monáe in to play with Rodgers on "Pressure Off" -- they manage to undercut their hipster overture with either crass commerciality or something flat-out tasteless, like when Lindsay Lohan drops in to growl through "Danceophobia." The thing is, Paper Gods works better because it has space for these sides of Duran Duran, moments where they seem like the coolest band to bear a synth and the dorkiest to ever chase a club trend. Most of the album exists somewhere between these two extremes, gathering steam with the giddy neo-disco of "Change the Skyline" and benefiting from moody assists from ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante (he brings the closer "The Universe Alone" to an apocalyptic crescendo), but it's that tension between the good and the bad, the yin and yang of Duran Duran, that makes Paper Gods absorbing.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2015
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624926429
catalogNumber: 550113
Rank: 148695

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duran Duran   Primary Artist
John Frusciante   Guitar
Simon LeBon   Group Member
Nick Rhodes   Group Member
John Taylor   Group Member
Anna Ross   Vocals
Lindsay Lohan   Guest Appearance
Dom Brown   Guitar
Roger Taylor   Group Member
Hollie Cook   Vocals
Suzi Digby   Conductor

Technical Credits

Duran Duran   Producer,Additional Production
Nile Rodgers   Composer,Additional Production
Simon LeBon   Composer
Nick Rhodes   Composer,Producer
John Taylor   Composer
Josh Blair   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Additional Production
Mark Ronson   Composer,Producer
Brian Roettinger   Art Direction,Logo
Ghian Wright   Engineer
Wendy Laister   Executive Producer
Dom Brown   Composer
Davide Rossi   String Arrangements
Hudson   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Roger Taylor   Composer
David Emery   drum programming
Janelle Monáe Robinson   Composer
Russell Graham   Engineer
Toby Young   Choir Arrangement
Alex Israel   Artwork,Art Direction
Suzi Digby   Artistic Director
Kiesza   Composer
Riccardo Damian   Pro-Tools
China Chow   Art Direction

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