Duran Duran – Seven and the Ragged Tiger

ARTIST: Duran Duran         220px-Seven_And_The_Ragged_Tiger

TITLE:  Seven and the Ragged Tiger

YEAR RELEASED: 1983

CHART ACTION: #8 US, #1 UK

SINGLES: Union of the Snake (#3 US, #33 US Dance, #2 US Rock, #3 UK), New Moon on Monday (#10 US, #4 US Rock, #9 UK), The Reflex (#1 US, #15 US Dance, #35 US Rock, #1 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: (I’m Looking For) Cracks in the Pavement

LINEUP: Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, Andy Taylor, Roger Taylor, John Taylor. Andy Hamilton contributed saxophone.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album post-international stardom moves a lot of product, and that’s about the extent of the praise it received.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The first thing you notice about this record is the production –as in over-produced. Unlike the previous albums, Duran Duran didn’t let the songs breathe in their dance/funk glory – they added a lot of overdubs and tricks and noises. For a good reason – they were missing hooks and excitement.

The hooks are sparse on this album. The choruses of the hits are about it, and the “Reflex” barely counts. The work of the Taylor trio is hidden by the keyboards and production, which is a shame and puts too much emphasis on LeBon and Rhodes. OK, there’s one instrumental, but it focuses on saxophone, which is odd.

Maybe it’s a case of the men not knowing but the little girls understanding? It made bank, but it’s slight and disappointing. I thought that in 1983, and still think it today.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The band supposedly had trouble coming up with the songs. No, really? Oh, and the album title means the band + the two managers gaining success. Whatever, Simon.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a bundle of b-sides and remixes. Worthless, except for “Is There Something I Should Know” which was put here on the deluxe re-issues..

GRADE: C-: The filler is filler, the hits aren’t good. They got derailed here.

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