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on 13 April 2014
This album is far from "the worst album of all time" as the clowns at Q Magazine put it. Thank You is by no means perfect, as it contains a few shoddy tracks and the order of songs is generally incohesive. However, one would be foolish to judge this album too hastily. On the whole, Duran Duran have managed to take the songs which have influenced them, beef them up and restyle them in their personal interpretations, however bizarre they may seem. The result is a mixed bag, but when the band score high, they really score high indeed.
White Lines - Gets the album off to a rip-roaring start and while it does not represent the album's overall style, it is a fantastic opening track.
I Wanna Take You Higher - Another lively rocker but nothing too significant.
Perfect Day - Lou Reed himself said this was the best cover of any of his songs, and I concur. This is a beautiful rendition of the song and unabashedly the zenith of Thank You.
Watching The Detectives - A reggae-like Elvis Costello cover, this is another strong track: haunting and rousing at the same time.
Lay Lady Lay - This song is lovely and dreamy, but is overall nothing special in my opinion.
911 Is A Joke - That one infamous track which critics are quick to expose when condemning the album. I was turned off by Simon's slightly grating rapping at first, but after a few listens "911" grows into a funky number (pardon the pun). One wonders how Duran Duran were inspired by Public Enemy though...
Success - An awesome glammy barnstormer that harkens back to classic 70's rock. This is one of Thank You's better tracks, no doubt about it.
The Crystal Ship - Covering the Doors might have seemed a foolish move but they pulled it off well, and it is definitely a highlight; shame it's so short!
Ball Of Confusion - An absolute train wreck. Musically and lyrically it is all over the shop and unpleasantly noisy. Even "911" is more listenable than this abomination.
Thank You - Despite being the title track, this rendition of the Led Zeppelin song is rather nondescript and, beautiful as it is, drones on a tad too long.
Drive By - This is a re-interpretation of "The Chauffeur", making it the only non-cover song on the album. Mostly spoken word, its verbal themes wash over the mind and bring the album to a charming close (if it wasn't for the disappointing next track).
I Wanna Take You Higher Again - A reprise of Track 2 which is virtually pointless, as it adds little else that wasn't done last time round.
All in all, Thank You is not without flaws, but the criticism it has received in the past has been exceedingly harsh. I can guarantee that there is a lot more enjoyment to be gained from this album than is made out to be. I wouldn't recommend it to non-Duran fans (in which case, Rio is definitely for you), but casual and dedicated fans shouldn't hesitate to try it.