So Red the Rose

So Red the Rose

by ArcadiaArcadia


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Arcadia was the arty quarter of Duran Duran's side project. Members Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes were left to complete it after Roger Taylor left the group. They still strove to create the "western evocative of east" blueprinted by Japan's Tin Drum. They didn't achieve it with this, but it's certainly the best album Duran never made. Like earlier work Rio, the sleeve perfectly describes the record inside. The opener "Election Day" is darkly romantic irking toward erotic and has brass stabs not dissimilar from their Bond score View to a Kill. The following songs are lighter: "Keep Me in the Dark" and the U.S. single "Goodbye Is Forever." "The Flame" has a sharp beat and sultry bass groove that nods at Nile Rodgers. Two dream works, "Missing" and "Rose Arcana," precede "The Promise," which guests Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour, Sting, and Herbie Hancock. "El Diablo" has a latin flavor but still sounds like two Englishmen daydreaming of an escapade to El Salvador. Finally, to the dramatic splendor of "Lady Ice," a fantastic conclusion to a very good album. Thankfully, Arcadia chose not to pursue this album like their other Duran offshoot.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2004
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0077774664721
catalogNumber: 746647
Rank: 7481

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arcadia   Primary Artist
Mark Egan   Musician
Sting   Background Vocals
Herbie Hancock   Track Performer
Carlos Alomar   Musician
Gabriel Bindi   Musician
Pierre Defay   Musician
Jean-Claude Dubois   Musician
David Gilmour   Musician
Simon LeBon   Vocals,Band
Nick Rhodes   Keyboards,Band,Group Member
Roger Taylor   Drums

Technical Credits

Mark Egan   Contributor
Arcadia   Producer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Carlos Alomar   Contributor
Gabriel Bindi   Contributor
Pierre Defay   Contributor
Raphael Dejesus   Contributor
Jean-Claude Dubois   Contributor
David Gilmour   Contributor
Simon LeBon   Producer
Andy Mackay   Contributor
Nick Rhodes   Producer
Alex Sadkin   Producer
Masami Tsuchiya   Contributor
David Van Tieghem   Contributor
Tony Viramontes   Illustrations
Steve Jordan   Contributor
Roger Taylor   Producer

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