How many bands can you think of that, decades into their career, are still capable of springing surprises and blazing fresh trails, creating new music that is up there with the imperishable songs that first propelled them to fame, fortune, and critical acclaim? It’s an interesting question with an answer that you can probably list on the fingers of one hand. Duran Duran cements their place in that illustrious grouping, with a new studio album—their 14th—that burnishes their role in the story of pop, and puts the many young pretenders whose music they have influenced firmly in their place. Paper Gods starts the next chapter in the history of the band. Warner Bros. Records (warnerbrosrecords.com). —Troy Carrington
Troy Carrington is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.
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