Title - 'Notorious [Extra tracks, Limited Edition]'
Artist - Duran Duran
'Notorious' is truly one of Duran Duran's best albums of all time. It's funky, upbeat, and perfectly done. A new style gives the boys a more mature, superior sound.
Powerful drums, smooth bass, hard-rocking guitars, fantastic synth, and trumpets adding the perfect touch. Simon's vocals are flawless and never disappoint. As for the production, Nile Rodgers is music genius (haven't you noticed everytime DD works with him they do well?) and makes this a masterpiece you'll never forget!
"Notorious" - The first single off the album. A clear winner, with all the right beats and lyrics! One of their best singles. "American Science" - We take a little time off and slow down with some lighter tracks. A soft, upbeat pop song with catchy lyrics. "Skin Trade" - The second single, good pop song with funky beats, but it's not one of my favorites. Can't seem to get into it. "A Matter of Feeling" - Beautiful ballad. Almost points in the way of "Ordinary World." Don't miss this one!
"Hold Me" - Now we get back into the upbeat tracks! Powerful rock track with strong synth. Can easily become a favorite after the first listen. "Vertigo" - This should've been a single on its own. Some of Nick's finest synth, rocking guitars, and powerful vocals. The dark lyrics match the mood of this song. Chorus is absolutely catchy and I can say this is my personal favorite from the album! "So Misled" - Another track that delivers, a little more rock than "Hold Me." Another powerful track with cool lyrics.
"Meet El Presidente" - This track is much different from DD's earlier works. Interesting work, a latin-inspired tune. Lots of trumpet playing and female backing vocals. It's a good song, but I wasn't really feeling it. "Winter Marches On" - Easily one of the best tracks from the album. A dark song with powerful lyrics. "Proposition" - My second best from the album. Another rock track with lyrics that make an argument. Worth the listen!
Added to this wonderful 2010 Limited Edition, 3-Disc box-set are a disc of Extended Mixes - the best of which are, "Notorious," "Vertigo (Do The Demolition)," and "Skin Trade" (Parisian Mix), some live tracks, such as the always brilliant, "New Religion," and "Hungry Like The Wolf," and a DVD disc of live material, from their Strange Behaviour Tour 1987.
Oh, and there's a crackin' performance of "Notorious" on the UK chart/pop show Top Of The Pops to be found as the last cut on the DVD! Indeed, Duran Duran's 'Notorious' is innovative and entertaining, energetic and at times, introspective. This 2010 digital remaster is a must have for fans.