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Duran Duran-Medazzaland (Capitol)

Duran Duran's career has been up and down so many times that you think it was built by the Otis Elevator Co.

Right now the band is way down after the disastrous reaction to their 1995 covers album Thank You, a curious follow up to 1992's Wedding Album, which had them back on top of the world for the first time since 1987.

Medazzaland is an good album, but it's probably not strong enough to propel them back into the limelight.

With the defection of John Taylor, the band has been pared down to a trio of original Duranies Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes and former Missing Person Warren Cuccurullo, who signed on for 1987's Notorious.

Duran has been paying attention to the electronica revolution and has mixed that into their wall of sound with pretty good results. Songs like the snaky charmer "Big Bang Generation" and the heady dance of "Electric Barbarella" work well in the context.

However, the title track is a complete mess, with way too many binking noises and a circa-"Wild Boys" vocoderized vocal.

The band sounds strongest on its simplest tune, the etherial ballad "Michael, You've Got A Lot To Answer For." Sometimes, you just have to follow your strong suits. (9/97)

Jay S. Jacobs

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