All You Need Is Now

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All You Need Is Now
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Studio album by
Released21 December 2010 (2010-12-21)
RecordedFebruary–August 2010
StudioSphere Studios, London
Genre
Length56:44
LabelTape Modern
Producer
Duran Duran chronology
Live at Hammersmith '82!
(2009)
All You Need Is Now
(2010)
Paper Gods
(2015)
Singles from All You Need Is Now
  1. "All You Need Is Now"
    Released: 8 December 2010
  2. "Girl Panic!"
    Released: 16 April 2011

All You Need Is Now is the 13th studio album by English new wave band Duran Duran. Produced by Mark Ronson, a truncated version of the album was released digitally on 21 December 2010. A physical package was released on 21 March 2011 in Europe on the Tape Modern label (distributed by Edel),[1] and on 22 March 2011 in the United States and Canada on S-Curve Records (distributed by Universal).[2]

The album peaked at number 11 in the UK, becoming the band's 13th Top 20 album. It debuted at number 119 on the US Billboard 200 chart on its initial December 2010 digital release,[3] selling 15,000 copies in its first week.[4] It reached number 29 upon its physical release in March 2011.[5] The album had sold 76,000 copies in the US as of August 2015.[4] Duran Duran promoted the album through the All You Need Is Now tour.[6][7]

Background and release[edit]

According to John Taylor, producer Matthew Hager worked on tracks for the March 2011 extended release of the album.[8] Some of these songs are "Networker Nation", released as a bonus track, and "Early Summer Nerves" and "Too Close to the Sun", appearing only on the Best Buy exclusive edition. The Best Buy edition also includes a bonus DVD featuring seven videos.

Nick Rhodes described "This Lost Weekend" as a "slow song" sounding "like Motown", saying it is "nothing like anything on the album". Although it did not make it onto the final track listing, it was included on the deluxe collector's edition of the album, which was made available to order exclusively from The Vinyl Factory, containing five vinyl records.[9] It was also later included on the Japanese two-disc CD version of All You Need Is Now. The Japanese album was released as a stand-alone album and as part of a six-disc combo along with the live concert film A Diamond in the Mind on Blu-ray and DVD video and two-disc live album, with the two-disc All You Need Is Now completing the package.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[11]
The A.V. ClubB[12]
BBC MusicFavourable[13]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[14]
The Guardian4/5 stars[15]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[16]
NME7/10[17]
PopMatters9/10[18]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[19]
USA Today3/4 stars[20]

All You Need Is Now currently holds a score of 74 out of 100 on Metacritic, certifying generally favourable reviews.[10]Crispin Kott of PopMatters wrote "it's the best album Duran Duran has released since Rio," giving the album 9 out of 10.[18] Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 out of 5 and stated that "Duran's Mark Ronson-produced 13th disc is a return to roots for a band that's all implants – which is part of the album's charm."[19] Sarah Rodman from The Boston Globe praised the album and said "Simon LeBon’s still sturdy voice soars over coolly funky backdrops and the grooves are some of the group’s most urgent in years."[21] In the issue March 2011, Mojo gave the album 4 out of 5 (meaning "Brilliant") and stated "Take Roxy Music, add Kraftwerk, and sprinkle on some Chic, and the result is Duran Duran".

Singles[edit]

"All You Need Is Now" was the first single released from the album. It was initially released on iTunes on 8 December 2010 as a free download. The music video is directed by Nick Egan. Several remixes were released as bonus tracks on the album. Because it was released as a free download, the single was ineligible for the UK sales charts. The song peaked at number 38 on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart.[22]

The second single, "Girl Panic!", was released as a limited-edition seven-inch single for Record Store Day 2011 (16 April 2011) with a remix by David Lynch.[23] The music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund and released on 8 November 2011, featuring appearances by Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, and Yasmin Le Bon portraying Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Dominic Brown, respectively.[24]

"Leave a Light On" was released as a promotional single in the United Kingdom. It was officially released for the British market after that BBC Radio 2 apparently refused to play the intended single "Girl Panic!" on the verge of the (later cancelled) UK leg in their new world tour.[25] The song peaked at number 31 on Billboard Adult Pop Songs Chart.[22]

Track listing[edit]

Digital release
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All You Need Is Now"4:34
2."Blame the Machines"
  • Duran Duran
  • Brown
4:11
3."Being Followed"
  • Duran Duran
  • Brown
3:47
4."Leave a Light On"
  • Duran Duran
  • Brown
4:36
5."Safe (In the Heat of the Moment)" (featuring Ana Matronic)
  • Duran Duran
  • Ronson
  • Brown
  • Ana Matronic
3:59
6."Girl Panic!"
  • Duran Duran
  • Ronson
  • Brown
4:31
7."The Man Who Stole a Leopard" (featuring Kelis)Duran Duran6:13
8."Runway Runaway"
  • Duran Duran
  • Brown
3:04
9."Before the Rain"Duran Duran4:12
Physical release
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All You Need Is Now"
  • Duran Duran
  • Ronson
  • Brown
4:34
2."Blame the Machines"
  • Duran Duran
  • Brown
4:11
3."Being Followed"
  • Duran Duran
  • Brown
3:47
4."Leave a Light On"
  • Duran Duran
  • Brown
4:36
5."Safe (In the Heat of the Moment)" (featuring Ana Matronic)
  • Duran Duran
  • Ronson
  • Brown
  • Ana Matronic
3:59
6."Girl Panic!"
  • Duran Duran
  • Ronson
  • Brown
4:31
7."A Diamond in the Mind"
  • Duran Duran
  • Ronson
  • Brown
1:15
8."The Man Who Stole a Leopard" (featuring Kelis)Duran Duran6:13
9."Other People's Lives"
  • Duran Duran
  • Ronson
  • Brown
3:43
10."Mediterranea"
  • Duran Duran
  • Ronson
  • Brown
5:38
11."Too Bad You're So Beautiful"
4:54
12."Runway Runaway"
  • Duran Duran
  • Brown
3:04
13."Return to Now"
  • Duran Duran
  • Ronson
  • Brown
1:33
14."Before the Rain"Duran Duran4:12

Personnel[edit]

Duran Duran

Additional personnel

  • Simon Willescroft – saxophone
  • Nina Hossain – vocals, spoken words (tracks 2, 7)
  • Anna Ross – backing vocals (track 3)
  • Jamie Walton – cello (tracks 3, 9)
  • Mark Ronson – additional chorus guitar (track 4)
  • Ana Matronic – vocals, rap (track 5)
  • Tawiah – backing vocals (track 5)
  • Kelis – vocals (track 8)
  • Owen Pallett – string arrangements, conductor (track 7)
  • The St. Kitts String Octet – strings (track 7)

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010–11) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[28] 79
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[29] 62
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[30] 77
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[31] 32
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[32] 52
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[33] 12
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[34] 23
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[35] 39
Irish Albums (IRMA)[36] 78
Irish Independent Albums (IRMA)[37] 11
Italian Albums (FIMI)[38] 10
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[39] 39
Russian Albums (Russian Music Charts)[40] 16
Scottish Albums (OCC)[41] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[42] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[43] 11
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[44] 4
US Billboard 200[45] 29
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[46] 6
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[47] 7
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[48] 6

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