My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Rio is the second album by English band Duran Duran. The album was recorded in early 1982 and released in May of the same year. The initial release failed to do well in the U.S., but remixes of the first half of the album finally hit thus helping it to multiplatinum status.
What I think: Since I can remember I’ve thought Duran Duran were overplayed. It seems like the first time I heard “Hungry Like the Wolf” I was already sick of it. That sentiment has always made it hard for me to enjoy them. It’s not even that I’m saying it’s overrated or pop crap (that argument surely can be made), it’s just that I’ve straight-up heard too much of them. Pair that with the fact I really don’t like Simon Le Bon’s voice all that much and you aren’t going to get a lot of praise from me.
The one positive of this album I can concede is that I’ve never listened to the music in the songs all that much and I have to say it mostly still sounds really fresh and energetic for being recorded over 35 years ago and full of synthesizers. Maybe an instrumental version would be more fun for me (although if I have to hear “Rio” or the previously mentioned “Wolf” again, I may just vomit).
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I think it has to be here, just because it encapsulates a particular era of popular music and MTV. That doesn’t mean I have to like it though.
Rating (Out of 5) 2
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (399/523)